Remember Wendy Davis? The Left’s hero who was going to defy political reality and turn Texas blue, or at least drape the Governor’s Mansion with purple? And all because it started by filibustering a pro-life bill in a ruby red state?
That’s the delusional path to victory Democrats nationwide saw her charting. The reality confronting them is that they've got an anointed candidate who’s proving herself unready for primetime.
The buildup to Davis’s formal announcement that she would attempt to succeed Rick Perry in the Governor’s Mansion was met with questions regarding her past positing on gun control.
A pivot from rolling back abortion restrictions to tightening gun control in Texas? Why not?
Since that time, any trace of campaign momentum has been blunted by critiques regarding her readiness to run statewide.
An early November swing through the Rio Grande Valley was met with a scathing editorial from a left-leaning newspaper, saying “at least one of her appearances here was plagued with missteps, gaffes and goofs by the candidate and her campaign.”
“The event reeked of amateurism,” the piece continues.
Now Davis faces an onslaught of ridicule for comments made regarding $5 billion in cuts to the SNAP program; an interview meant to blast cuts to the program met a sputtering candidate apparently unfamiliar with the topic at hand.
When asked about legislation that would prevent month to month rollover in food stamp benefits, Davis acknowledged she wasn’t “familiar with the balance rolling over.”
Even more embarrassing is that the legislation was introduced at the state level in Texas, where she currently serves as a state senator.
Such snafus do little to allay concerns about her viability nor skepticism from voters who've not sent a Democrat to the Governor’s Mansion since 1990, nor given the nod to the party’s presidential pick since 1976.
That’s also to say nothing of what type of chief executive she’d actually be if elected, and it’s apparently closer to lockstep with national Democrats than the bulk of the Texas electorate.
After all, as opposed to apparently brushing up on public policy, she closed out October on a swing through DC, filling campaign coffers with Battleground Texas and its cadre of Team Obama alum.
Those outside dollars are fueling the effort, with their aim being a $40 million campaign to change Texas.
Yet the message doesn’t sell, and the candidate is clearly unprepared for the big time. It’s fitting that just over a week ago Rothenberg rated the contest Safe Republican. The kicker?
“Texas may turn purple, but not in 2014. And not with Wendy Davis or a nominee like her.”