COMMENTARY | The major part of the Democrats’ strategy to wrest Texas from the grip of the GOP is to appeal to the rapidly growing Hispanic population. Michael Barone suggests that they have stumbled very badly by choosing Wendy Davis to run for governor.
The problem, interesting, is abortion, the issue upon which Davis made her fame. Hispanics, whether they are Catholic or part of the rising population of evangelical and Pentecostal Protestants, are overwhelmingly pro life. They therefore tend to find Davis’ stance on abortion to be repellant.
Abortion may be the fly in the ointment for Democrats’ hope to grab the Hispanic demographic and use it to achieve world domination. That issue has been one of the most polarizing since slavery in the early 1800s ever since Roe v. Wade in 1973. There is little if any middle ground or area for compromise between the pro choice and pro life positions. For those ensconced in either camp, anyone in the other is not acceptable.
That is the problem with trying to build a coalition between minorities, young unmarried women, and young people. A position that appeals to one group may well turn off another, shattering said coalition and causing one to lose elections. There is not much one can do to finesse abortion so that both the feminist left and religious Hispanics and (to a certain extent) African Americans are satisfied. When one believes that abortion is the taking of innocent, human life, there can be no compromise. The same applies for those who believe that even the slightest restriction on abortion is an affront to women’s sovereignty.
Look for Davis not to mention abortion more than is absolutely necessary to keep the liberal base appeased. She will concentrate on the oldy but goodies issues of education, health care, and the environment. Of course even in these issues she had every opportunity to stumble. This is especially true in 2014, which promises to be a Republican election year.