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  •  Big Day in Politics: (1) Wendy Davis for Governor? (5+ / 0-)
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    gabjoh, Gygaxian, jj32, betelgeux, bythesea

    Plausible? Thoughts?

    •  Yes, maybe within this decade (5+ / 0-)

      If she can hang on to her senate seat.

      NY-9/NJ-10; Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution. -- Anwar Sadat

      by BKGyptian89 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:46:38 AM PDT

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    •  Or Congress, or something else? (3+ / 0-)

      How is she like on other issues?

      At least we know money won't be a problem for her going forward.

      At what point must a female senator raise her voice in order to be heard over her male colleagues in the room?" | Pro-transit young black urban progressive | SSP/DKE | -9, -7.79 | NJ-05 - ! ...? | Yard signs don't vote.

      by gabjoh on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:48:33 AM PDT

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    •  She will run, and lose (4+ / 0-)
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      Texas is too far out of reach for Democrats right now. She will raise gobs of cash, but still lose 55-45. She may land herself a cush government or private sector job after 2014 though.

      I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat

      by OGGoldy on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:59:25 AM PDT

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      •  It's (0+ / 0-)

        too bad now with VRA gutted TX Republicans will draw Wendy Davis out of existence.

        The Republican party is now an extreme right-wing party that is owned by their billionaire campaign contributors. - Bernie Sanders

        by ehstronghold on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 07:08:01 AM PDT

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        •  No... (1+ / 0-)
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          They've already passed the final compromise map and Wendy is happy with it. They aren't going to go back and draw something else, at least for the Senate map.

          23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

          by wwmiv on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 07:11:22 AM PDT

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          •  And even then (0+ / 0-)

            It wasn't as if preclearance was going to protect that district, as most every court decision balked at the idea it was a protected district.

            23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

            by wwmiv on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 07:12:03 AM PDT

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          •  Did (1+ / 0-)
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            Perry sign the maps into law yet? Because I heard he could just veto the final compromise map (assuming he hasn't signed it yet) and just let the maps the courts block stand.

            The Republican party is now an extreme right-wing party that is owned by their billionaire campaign contributors. - Bernie Sanders

            by ehstronghold on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 07:16:59 AM PDT

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          •  Plus, GOP not really scared of her (1+ / 0-)
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            They want every winnable seat they can get, no doubt, but I doubt any Texas Republican thinks Davis or any other Democrat can win statewide.

            I'm sure there are some Texas GOPers who see the writing on the wall that they have to perform better with racial minorities over time, but low rates of both Hispanic citizenship and voting participation among Hispanic citizens gives them a lot of time.  Until then, they're not worried about anyone on our side.

            45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

            by DCCyclone on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:19:58 PM PDT

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      •  You think (0+ / 0-)

        she's going to run?

    •  I'm starting to think our best shot in Texas (3+ / 0-)
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      will be if Ted Cruz runs for re-election in 2018.

    •  She's gonna be too polarizing now (1+ / 0-)
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      Before she was the likable woman who got elected in a red district.  That's a great profile.  Now she's associated with abortions and social liberalism.  That's a horrible profile.  I think she just threw away her chances (however slim) of winning statewide this decade.

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Love the class war, hate identity politics and purism
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:00:37 AM PDT

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      •  The law also had non-abortion related (1+ / 0-)
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        negative impacts. I think it'll be good on both the policy front and the "getting her elected" front if we can emphasize those as well.

        "At what point must a female senator raise her voice in order to be heard over her male colleagues in the room?" | Pro-transit young black urban progressive | SSP/DKE | -9, -7.79 | NJ-05 - ! ...? | Yard signs don't vote.

        by gabjoh on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:09:32 AM PDT

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      •  2022 (5+ / 0-)

        In 2022 she'll be 59, which is hardly too old to run for governor. If Dems actually make an effort to organize Texas (which has comically low turnout) it may pay off by then, plus they'll have 9 more years of Hispanic kids aging into the voter pool.

        SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

        by sacman701 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 11:01:22 AM PDT

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      •  Even in a state like Texas (5+ / 0-)

        the kind of extreme anti-abortion legislation Republicans have been proposing is not overwhelmingly popular.  If you believe the polls, not allowing exceptions for rape and incest is actually a complete fringe position, with even a majority of Republicans nationwide against it.  CNN in particular phrased a poll simply as "Do you think abortion should be legal in case of rape?" and found 90% of Democrats in favor, 81% of independents, and 76% of Republicans.  This is a winning issue, as even conservative states like Indiana and Missouri have demonstrated there are political ramifications to appearing extreme on the rape question.

        A lot of independents and conservative-leaning but not die-hard GOP voters may be willing to overlook Davis's filibuster if informed how far-reaching and extreme the legislation was.

        A great majority of America does seem to favor some restrictions, particularly on late-term abortions (which are almost always done for medical reasons, but whatever), but the ads write themselves when Republicans would criminalize abortion even in cases of rape.

        The biggest obstacle to Davis is not her image, it is the fact that Republicans have won every single statewide office in the state for quite a few elections now.  People are used to pulling the GOP ballot in all races, even the little-known ones.

        •  Yes, but to win, you have to be perfectly (1+ / 0-)
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          inoffensive even to usually Republican voters.  Bill White was, but after this, I don't think Wendy Davis will be.

          20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
          politicohen.com
          Love the class war, hate identity politics and purism
          UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

          by jncca on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:07:01 PM PDT

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    •  Draft movement by DK? (1+ / 0-)
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      bythesea

      Seems to be in the works judging by Kos' post on the FP :)

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