I’ve been asked that a million times in the past week. ”Do you think she can win?” And I ALWAYS answer with a resounding, “YES!”
I explain that I was there, in the Capitol, THAT night… That what I saw was amazing - beyond words. We were at capacity in that building. During Summer… AND a Special Session. There’s no way on God’s green Earth we had a shot of defeating the bill that session and yet, we did. The rules were changed and stacked against us… and, we still managed to pull it off.
However, immediately after I express this, I’m asked one of two things: “Do you really think she can win on THAT issue? Don’t you think it will make things worse for her?” And if it’s not that, there’s a question of, “Do you think she can raise enough money to seriously be a contender?”
So, let’s talk about THAT issue. THAT issue is what brought over 700 women, a good many of them Republican, out to a Thursday evening hearing to testify to a Committee (BEFORE Wendy filibustered) about why THAT issue should remain safe, legal, and rare. THAT issue is why we’re here, even talking about Wendy Davis. No one cares that she did the impossible in the previous session - doing what she did this session, but with public education funding. This woman was a hero of mine prior to June and she will be one long after the crowds have left and moved on to the next big thing. What did she get for her trouble? A firebombed office during her 2012 campaign. You can say anything you want about the women, but you can’t say that she isn’t formidable or determined.
Then, we get into the money situation. Do you know how many women were grateful for her filibuster, not just in the Capitol, but at home? You don’t think there’s not an army of people dedicated to seeing this come to fruition? Oh, wait… that’s because you weren’t there, watching as we did everything we could to organize while we were there, being thrown little tea parties, where we were expected to act like proper young ladies as our proverbial government Daddy made decisions for us.
There’s only one thing that beats organized money and that’s organized labor.
The most dangerous thing you can do is underestimate someone. The GOP did it this summer in Texas and it left them in a very difficult position. I’m just wondering why people are willing to underestimate Wendy Davis and the women of this state a second time.
Elections are won by those who show up… and anyone that tries to convince me that THIS issue will hurt Wendy on Election Day wasn’t paying attention.
I rarely feel this strongly about a candidate. When I do, it’s gut instinct. Pure gut… gnawing, fighting, raw passion. No idea where it comes from. I felt this way in 2006 / 2007 about a Democratic Primary Candidate. You may have heard of him. Named Obama. Pretty popular guy. Everyone told me that he wasn’t going to win… Pretty sure he’s called Mr. President now. Have I felt it before then? Yes. In 1992. My gut has a great track record.
"Do you think she can win…?"
Stop asking, stop trying to find excuses or argue with me, and if, as the many who have asked me that truly mean, “well, I want her to win…” then, roll up your shirt sleeves, because we’ve got work to do.