Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis is on the radar screen of most BuzzFlash at Truthout readers for her defiant filibuster against an extremist anti-abortion law in Texas earlier this year. [...]
Alas, Gov. Rick "Goodhair" Perry called a special session of the Texas legislature and got the "put the government into a woman's ovaries" law passed. [...]
... Davis took that step in announcing that she is running for governor of Texas. Perry won't be in the picture this time; he's stepping down to open a chain of male hair salons (sarcasm alert!). But already the pundit handicappers are predicting that Davis will make headway, but lose because Texas is 100% Republican governed on the state level. It hasn't had a Democratic governor since George W. Bush, with Karl Rove pulling off the dirty tricks, Bushwhacked Democratic Gov. Ann Richards in 1994.
However, a commentary by CNN digital national political reporter Peter Hamby offers 8 "contrarian" reasons why Davis might just become the next governor of Texas, and they are pretty compelling:
1. Davis knows how to win
2. Her opponent is well-funded but not well-known
3. Campaigns matter and are unpredictable at times
4. The Texas Hispanic boom
5. The Obama hi-tech, voter identification SWAT team is in town
6. A potential Tea Party spoiler might enter the race as independent
7. Suburban women in Texas are trending Democratic
8. Outside money will flow into the Davis campaign
But that's only half the story. ... Texas -- which used to be run by "yellow dog" Democrats -- will likely, at some point in time, demographically swing back into the Democratic column.
[T]his is a single woman, child in hand, who went from living in a trailer to Harvard Law School and has never lost a political race.
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