Wendy Davis is running for political office again, this time for Congress. She is likely to add to her record of flashy political defeats.
Before Beto O’Rourke, there was Wendy Davis as a far-left political superstar from Texas that attracted national attention, not to mention lots of campaign cash.
She won fame as a Texas state senator by conducting a filibuster in the Texas state Senate during the 2013 special session to kill a ban on late-term abortion.
She was able to run out the clock on the special session, whereupon then Gov. Rick Perry called a second special session, whereupon the Texas legislature promptly passed the bill. Wendy Davis had won the battle but had lost the war.
Davis then ran for governor of Texas in 2014, puffed up by Hollywood and northeastern liberal money. The hope was that she would use her street cred as a champion of free and easy abortion to “turn Texas blue” and be the first Democratic governor of the Lone Star State since George W. Bush had sent Ann Richards packing 20 years before.
Fox News explains what happened next:
“Davis, 56, entered the 2014 gubernatorial race to great fanfare but was crushed in the election by Republican Greg Abbott, who won 59.3 percent of the vote. The race turned nasty: Davis took heat after running a negative ad against Abbott, a paraplegic, showing an image of a wheelchair and invoking the accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.”
One would have thought that Davis, a liberal democrat, would have shown more compassion for the physically disabled. Abbott, then the Texas State Attorney General, shrugged the ad off while running his ad noting how many people in both parties thought it to be noxious.
Davis dug herself into a deeper hole by trying to defend the ad. It was too late. Davis received a fine stomping and subsequently faded into oblivion.
This time her ambitions are for a congressional seat, “for the children.” The Texas Tribune takes up the story:
“Early Monday morning, Davis announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Central Texas’ 21st District. She is challenging U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a freshman Republican from Austin.
“She made her intentions known in a biographical video, narrated in part with archival footage from her late father, Jerry Russell.
“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,’ she said. ‘I’m running for our children and grandchildren, so they can live and love and fight for change themselves.”
It should be noted that liberal Democrats always mean mischief when they propose doing something “for the children.” The irony is especially delicious since Wendy Davis came to national prominence because of her support for allowing women to kill their children in the womb.
Why is Davis running for office again, besides trying to wipe out the humiliation of her previous defeat? She has looked at the 2018 midterms and noted that several Democrats, pretending to be moderates, took several House seats, Lizzie Fletcher, who fell upon science supporting John Culberson with all the snark of a middle school mean girl going after a nerd, is one example. Davis wants in on that action. Hot Air does not like her chances:
“Does she have a chance against Roy? Maybe, but it will be a long shot. Trump won this district by ten points in 2016, which is the same gap seen in its Cook index (R+10). Roy only edged out his Democratic opponent by three points in the next election, underperforming Trump’s 2016 result, but he was also a non-incumbent running against a middling Democratic wave. (He was also best known at that time as Ted Cruz’ chief of staff at a point when Cruz wasn’t terribly popular, edging out Beto O’Rourke for re-election.) Furthermore, Davis showed herself to be a rather incompetent candidate outside of her state-legislative district, with Greg Abbott sailing to victory while Davis drowned.”
Just about every other political pundit has a similar evaluation of Davis’ chances. Her problem is that her time as the liberal left superstar of Texas politics has come and gone.
She seems to be making a common mistake in believing that the next election is going to be like the last one, friendly for Democrats in Texas.
With Trump at the top of the ticket, 2020 is likely to be far different than 2018. However, Wendy Davis is likely to provide entertainment value, if little else.