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Wendy Davis said to be set to run for Governor of Texas

by | Sep 26, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Texas state Senator Wendy Davis

Pro-abortion Texas state Senator Wendy Davis

Attributing the information to “two unnamed Democrats with knowledge of her decision,” the Associated Press is reporting that pro-abortion Texas state Senator Wendy Davis will run for governor to replace pro-life Gov. Rick Perry, who chose not to seek another term. In all likelihood, Davis will square off against pro-life Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Earlier this month, Davis used an email to supporters to say she would state her 2014 intentions—a run for governor or United States senator—by early October.

Davis rose to media super-stardom when she filibustered HB 2, a pro-life measure with many components including a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, a time by which the unborn child can feel pain, and commonsense regulations for the largely unregulated abortion trade.

But Gov. Perry called a second special session and HB 2 passed.

Democrats haven’t won a state-wide race in the Lone Star State since 1990 when Ann Richards won the contest for governor. (She lost four years later to George W. Bush). And Republicans will be sure to remind Texans that Davis is of the same party as President Obama, who lost Texas by 11.8% in 2008 and 15.8% in 2012.

According to published accounts, Attorney General Abbott currently has a hefty fundraising advantage over Davis, but the universal consensus is that Davis will be able to raise plenty of money, much of it from out of state.

But what made her a “icon” to liberals—the filibuster—may not play well in Texas. For example the ban on post-20 week abortions, which Davis filibustered, was supported by 62% of Texans, according to a June University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

One other point about the filibuster and a contest for governor. As anyone who has studied abortion politics would have predicted, the approach Davis will take is not to talk about WHAT she defended (how could she?) but rather to turn the discussion into a celebration of her “courage” against a wholly imaginary “hostile” reaction by Republicans—a.k.a. a “war” not only against women in general but Davis in particular.

The usual pro-abortion forces will add their own resources, which include the capacity to demagogue on a colossal scale.

But what else would you expect? That is who they have been, are, and always will be.

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Categories: Politics