COMMENTARY | Wendy Davis, the Democratic Texas state senator who is running for governor, became famous for her filibuster against a bill that banned late term abortions in the Lone Star State. Now she is for the ban – sort of.
Mind, the exemptions that she proposes renders her version of the ban somewhat moot. Anyone can claim that their health is imperiled under her version. But it did cause Hot Air to joke that, “between this and her newfound support for open carry, Davis would probably qualify as a tea-party candidate in a blue state like Connecticut.”
Davis’ strange pivot toward the pro life position reveals two realities.
The first is that Texas is not going to become a blue state any time soon. There are too many conservative voters, especially those who find the very idea of abortion abhorrent. Even people who are fine with the practice for the first trimester are very skeptical about permitting it on demand for the last months of pregnancy.
The second is that Davis will do or say anything to be elected governor of Texas. This is a bad place for her to be in, since because of her notoriety and the thing that caused her to become famous in the first place, there are not a lot of low information voters who she can fool into believing this pivot is anything but calculated. The liberals who were excited about her filibuster are now likely to be disenchanted and disappointed. Everyone else will be confirmed in their distain for the woman.
Meanwhile, at least as of this writing, Davis’ GOP opponent, Greg Abbott, has not said anything. While, as Napoleon once said, it is not good policy to interfere when ones enemy is making a mistake, look for the flip flopper ads to run on TV and the Internet sooner or later. That is, if Davis is still in the race, something that is seriously in doubt.
The bottom line is that Davis is not going to be a Texas version of Elizabeth Warren or even Hillary Clinton. Her political future is now seriously in doubt.