The most recent comes from current Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Speaking Tuesday in his home town, Dewhurst said:
“It’s my hope, my friends, that about a year from now that people are saying, ‘Why were we talking about Wendy Davis?’ I know Wendy Davis and I don’t think she stands a chance running for statewide office.”
And we should really take him at his word, considering how successful he was at defeating Ted Cruz for the right to run as a Republican for former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat following her retirement.
Oh wait, no — Cruz easily defeated him. And we’ve all seen what a “great mind” the rookie Senator Cruz has.
Dewhurst, a man who has been Lieutenant Governor since 2003, couldn’t even beat the relatively unknown Ted Cruz. So I apologize if I don’t really think his opinion on Wendy Davis and her chances carries much weight.
After all, why the heck would he ever say she had a good chance to begin with? She’s obviously a threat, otherwise Texas Republicans wouldn’t already be unleashing their attacks on her; so his only choice is to continue that trend and hope that they can run her down just enough to where she might choose not to run.
But it’s unlikely.
It’s clear Wendy Davis is priming herself for a run at the Governor’s Mansion, and it’s clear Republicans are threatened by that. And while many of them have run off at the mouth attacking Senator Davis, she’s taken the high road by acting like a professional.
But I’ll be the first to say that I can’t wait to see her take these people on head to head. Rick Perry ran like a coward from any sort of debate against his challenger Bill White in 2010, but likely Republican candidate Greg Abbott won’t have that luxury in 2014.
He’ll have to face Wendy Davis face to face, and I think Ms. Davis is well up to that challenge.
We’ll soon find out though, as sources have indicated that Senator Davis plans to announce her intentions for next year after the Labor Day holiday.
And I can promise you this much, if she does decide to run, she damn sure stands a good chance at winning a state-wide election.
Because just who does Mr. Dewhurst think he is? If he could predict political futures, he would have clearly seen the butt-kicking Ted Cruz gave him last year.
So when it comes to his opinions on politics or Wendy Davis’ chances — I’ll take them with a very fine grain of salt.