COMMENTARY | The National Review notes that Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who won fame for filibustering against a late term abortion ban, has gone hard a starboard on the gun issue in her race to become governor of Texas.
“Davis’s transition from moderate foe of the NRA to champion of the Second Amendment has been uncommonly swift. When she started out, she had no stated policy on firearms, but, as her backstory has crumbled ignominiously around her, she has started to drift inexorably rightward; first promising to expand the state’s concealed-carry regime if elected, then ensuring that she was seen carrying a shotgun and speaking like a cartoon character, and finally coming out for open carry – a position that, even in a place as independent as Texas, is rejected and disdained by the state Democratic party, by her own would-be lieutenant governor, and by the increasingly vocal anti-Second Amendment group, Moms Demand Action, the lattermost of which had expressed high hopes for her run.”
To be sure Davis has raised a number of other issues, ranging from improving education to holding the line on taxation. The one issue that she does not seem to be mentioning recently is abortion.
On the one hand this could be seen as a concession to the realities of Texas politics, which tend to favor pro life and pro fire arms. On the other hand it also demonstrates that Davis will say anything to be elected governor of Texas.
Davis’ problem is that there is already a candidate who is pro life, pro gun, and anti taxation. His name is Greg Abbott, the current attorney general. As a bonus he does not have the odor of being a flip flopper.
The situation illustrates the problems Democrats face in turning Texas from red to purple or blue. For Democrats to win state wide in the Lone Star State, they seem obliged to run as Republicans. But there is already a Republican Party in Texas. There is no room for a second one. But there is also little room for a Democratic Party in Texas that adheres to liberalism. That situation is not likely to change any time soon.