I changed my mind: Wendy Davis could be elected.

A while back I said that while I’d love to see Wendy Davis sitting in the governor’s mansion after the next election cycle that I didn’t think she’d have a ghost of a chance in Texas.  Yesterday Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst echoed that sentiment:

“It’s my hope, my friends, that about a year from now that people are saying, ‘Why were we talking about Wendy Davis?’” Dewhurst said at a meeting of the Tarrant County Republican National Hispanic Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas, as quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“I know Wendy Davis,” he added. “And I don’t think she stands a chance running for statewide office.”

I’ve actually changed my mind.  First, we need to get over the hump that a Democrat could possibly win in the Lone Star.  Easy, just two terms ago Ann Richards was in charge.  Interesting fact, there have only beeN five Republican governors in the state’s entire history (three of them coming in the last thirty years, with Bill Clements serving split terms on either side of Democrat Mark White).  The point is that it’s not unheard of or impossible for Texas to run blue in the election of governor.

But could it go blue for Davis?  The key issue in her campaign will be abortion which, despite the assurances of state Republicans, is a much tighter issue in the Texas than one might think.  While the voters who will loathe Davis will already be sufficiently motivated to go vote, there are lots of sleeper Democrats in the state who may wake up if Davis is on the ballot.

Also, the state’s minority population is growing by the day, and the Republicans nationwide (as well as in Texas) haven’t exactly endeared themselves to the minority population.

All-in-all, I hope Wendy Davis runs, and I retract what I said earlier about her having no chance.  I don’t think she has the best chance, but it’s certainly not a lost cause.  Give ‘em hell, Wendy.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • JFields

    I stopped paying attention to Texas politics a long time ago. For as long as I’ve lived here (~7 yrs), it has been nothing but a good ol’ boy network of old, white, science-denying, racist fucks who each take turns sucking King Dipshit Good Hair’s schlong in exchange for a favor. You wanna win a big highway construction project bid, for example, or perhaps you need his endorsement? Just come on over to the capitol building, give him a fat campaign donation, and good things will happen for you. Cash is king ’round here; and in true Texas fashion, the bigger the check you can write, the bigger the results you’ll see.

    If Wendy Davis runs, somehow defies all odds, and wins, I may die of shock. If I do survive, however, I will immensely enjoy the collective volume of schadenfreude that will erupt as the local yocal country bumpkins grow louder in their lament of how terrible of a place the world has become, how family values are gone, how we’ve turned our back on Jebus (and how he’s gonna turn his back on us), and how the end times are near.