Next year’s midterms across the country is slated to be a referendum on Washington DC, the Affordable Care Act and Democrats in general. In Texas, Democrats are still trying to scratch themselves an identity with State Senator Wendy Davis, who may be in the race to win it, or simply scratch out an identity of her own.
Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune, points out that most candidates around the state run for office with the intent of losing in mind, so as to build the necessary support for the next time around. That’s makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider the long odds of relatively unknowns actually winning the first time out. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is an exception to that rule as we know.
Washington DC is not popular around the country and that’s regardless of political affiliation. The Republican party has an even less popularity rating and that’s also resonating in Texas. The U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Steve Stockman race is evident of that.
Davis doesn’t have to worry about that race, or it’s popularity, but what she does has to contend with is the ACA, of which she believes, computer problems associated with the website are ‘inexcusable’ and she does appears to support government’s role in health care.
That’s not a good position to support, especially when most Democrats around the country is trying to put as much distant between the health care act and themselves. Winning the governor’s race for Davis would be to do the same.
The one thing that suggests Davis is in the race, not to win it is her clinging to the late term abortion filibuster. Recently in a campaign letter she wrote:
‘I stood on the Texas state Senate floor for nearly 13 hours to speak up for you. And even though I wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit or lean on my desk or leave the Senate floor, the discomfort I felt was nothing compared to what some families go through on a daily basis.’
This letter suggests she’s in this race to build support for future political aspirations.
Houston’s mayor, Annise Parker is offering strong support for Davis and that’s not good either. Parker is also popular around the country, but not so much around Houston and Texas.