Will Wendy Davis run for Governor?

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Texas State Senator Wendy Davis

Pro-abortion Texas State Senator Wendy Davis

With pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s popularity slumping and the almost inevitable descent into irrelevance in a President’s second term, it’s no wonder Democrats have latched onto pro-abortion Texas state Senator Wendy Davis.

There were reports out earlier this week that she has already decided to give up her senate seat to run for governor. It’s impossible to know whether she leaked that information, but it’s clear from the tidal wave of stories approving of such a contest that most of the media can’t wait for a battle between Davis and the leading pro-life Republican candidate Attorney General Greg Abbott.

But how? 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 that Davis will be cheek by jowl to President Obama, who lost Texas by 11.8% in 2008 and 15.8% in 2012.

A possible battle plan was laid out today in a story in POLITICO headlined

“Wendy Davis, filibuster and a run for gov.” Katie Glueck does an admirable job laying out the obstacles Davis would face and a strategy for winning that would require threading the electoral needle.

So what is Davis known for, beyond her pink sneakers and her elevation into a “liberal icon”? (Davis has been designated such so many times her name may be pronounced WendyLiberalIconDavis.)

For what made her a liberal icon: thwarting HB 2, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, a time by which the unborn child can feel pain, and for regulating the largely unregulated abortion trade. That may “earn plaudits on Twitter from a slew of liberal celebrities,” Glueck writes, but that is hardly where the majority of Texans are.

Glueck notes, “A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll from June found that about 60 percent of Texans support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. National polls also indicate that many Americans support limitations on abortion after that time period.” Indeed. That’s why “Davis often emphasizes other aspects of the bill — especially the clinic closures.”

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Well, good luck on that one. Only a handful of clinics will close because of the new requirements. And any discussion of abortion clinic regulation will bring up the topic of not only Kermit Gosnell but also a Houston abortionist against whom four lawsuits have been brought and against whom there are “troubling allegations of a woman’s death caused by a botched abortion as well as allegations of a late-term procedure that went awry, with a baby being born and living for six months before dying,” according to the Houston Chronicle.

The inherent contradiction in a Davis gubernatorial race is that “Democrats argue that she could capture people — like suburban moms — who take a middle-of-the-road position on the [abortion] issue,” Glueck writes. Yet her claim to fame is her now famous filibuster of HB 2, which in so doing she defended killing unborn babies 20 weeks AND older. What, I ask you, is “middle of the road” about that?

One other point about the filibuster and a possible future race 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. These people are shameless.

If Davis runs, she will not want for money. (Did I mention she was a liberal icon?) 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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