Texas Sen. Wendy Davis
2014 is election year in Texas, and Rick Perry will be running for an unprecedented fourth term. Maybe
. We'll know soon enough. But either way, voters will be deciding on their next governor at that time.
Texas has been inhospitable to Democrats for a while. In fact, it's been a full generation (20 years), since the Democrats last won a statewide-elected office in the state. And while demographic changes are shaking up the state, its poor-performing Latino community (51st in the nation in voter participation) has severely undermined Democratic chances.
But polling has already showed Hillary Clinton competitive in hypothetical 2016 Texas matchups, the same polling that also showed this:
In January we found Wendy Davis trailing Rick Perry just 47-41 despite- at that time- pretty low name recognition: http://t.co/...
No one knew who Wendy Davis was when that poll was conducted. It's a whole different reality today for the Fort Worth Democrat.
The problem with Texas isn't that Republicans outnumber our people, it's that our people don't vote—Latinos, African Americans, young voters, single women, etc.
Last night's epic filibuster (the talking kind, which are okay) was a national phenomenon, Battleground Texas is rebuilding the state's infrastructure, millions of Latinos will be left uninsured thanks to Perry's rejection of Obamacare, and so on. Things are changing at the speed of light.
Wendy Davis would nationalize that Texas governor's race, and help accelerate the state's transition to Purple (and eventually Blue) status.
So what do you think? Should we launch a draft movement?
Update: So the answer was "hell yes!". Click here to join the Draft Wendy Davis movement. Lend your name, leave an encouraging message, and drop a few dollars if you've got 'em into her campaign. Let's show her we've got her back!
Because Davis will turn Texas Blue ahead of schedule.