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What Trailergate Could Mean for Davis in 2018
Texas Tribune: The Brief ^ | January 23, 2014 | John Reynolds

Posted on 01/24/2014 3:58:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

The Big Conversation

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has put a different frame on the Wendy Davis storyline from this week — focusing less on the immediate implications of Trailergate and more on what this means for Davis' attempts to position herself for elections to come.

Cillizza's main point is that Davis had to run this year for governor in order to take advantage of the national prominence afforded her from last summer's filibuster. Running this year makes sure she is in the mix in the next couple of election cycles, when Democrats are hoping to run stronger because of the ongoing demographic shifts in the Lone Star State.

At the same time, the field is expected to be more crowded as stars-in-the-making like San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro make their move onto the bigger stage. In other words, the pressure is on the Davis camp to keep her viable through 2018 and beyond.

"What Davis then needs most of all is not to win — although that would be nice for her and her supporters — but rather to be seen as having run a creditable campaign that continues to elevate her star status," Cillizza wrote. "Allegations like these about her résumé, if they persist and/or lead to other problems with the campaign, are perilous to that perception."

(Excerpt) Read more at texastribune.org ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; castrobrothers; chriscillizza; demagogicparty; election2014; election2016; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; texas; texasgovernor; washingtoncompost; washingtonpost; wendydavis
Though the MSM is still spinning it, I've been thinking that the Texas Castro brothers are behind the take down of Abortion Barbie. Wendy's trying to make "lemonade" by pinning it on Abbott [and hoping to raise money]. It always seemed odd that the Dallas paper would go with a Wendy hit piece.

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza : QUOTE "..... Unless, of course, Davis is seen as running a sub-par candidacy. And that is where the danger in these résumé questions lies for Davis. If the campaign is dogged by stories about her bio and her star — which is ascendant at the moment — is viewed as tarnished in some real way, then her ability to reserve that place at the front of the line is far less certain. And, remember that both Julian and Joaquin Castro as well as a slew of other ambitious, young Texas Democrats are eyeing Senate race in 2018 and 2020 as well as the governor's race in 2018."....

1 posted on 01/24/2014 3:58:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Castro brothers are Communists, raised that way by their flaming Communist mother. If the voters put them into national office, the USA is finished.


2 posted on 01/24/2014 4:02:42 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

They’ve been groomed since birth (like Obama) to transform America.


3 posted on 01/24/2014 4:05:53 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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I wonder who gave them the following (now corrected) information? Hmmmmmmmm? Wendy?

Aug 2013 - Texas Monthly:**Correction: In an earlier version of this story we incorrectly conflated Wendy Davis’s personal history with her mother’s, stating that it was the former who spent her early childhood on a succession of tenant farms when in fact it was the latter. We also misstated the margin by which Davis beat Kenneth Brimer Jr. in 2008 for the District 10 Senate seat; she won by 2.42 points, not 9, as originally stated. We regret the errors.

4 posted on 01/24/2014 4:16:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
LINK to article and quote in comment #4
5 posted on 01/24/2014 4:18:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

July 2013 - San Antonio Express-News: “.......For fans of the Castro brothers, whose national profiles hit fever pitch last year when the elder twin (Julián) presented the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, the most exciting element of the piece will be the photography. On the cover, the fairly serious-looking trio stands together — Davis flanked on either side by a Castro twin.

Other photos show a more jovial crew, including one shot wherein Davis has her hand on Julián’s back. In another, the brothers have ditched their suit jackets and done their best to add some years to their 38-year-old faces.

Julián says unequivocally in the piece — as he has a number of times already in the Express-News — that he has no intention to seek the governor’s mansion in 2014.

The story opaquely implies that Joaquín could challenge Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 and says that the state senator from Fort Worth is the politician most likely to take on the risk for an unlikely gubernatorial win.”

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Update-Castro-answers-racist-tweet-on-Texas-4668262.php


6 posted on 01/24/2014 4:24:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I would make this analysis. There are several Democratic player groups in Texas, and a couple of them might be behind Wendy. The blunt truth? The Castro brothers know their time is coming, and several of their backers are lining up. I would expect at least one of them to be big-time players in 2016, and both playing major-league ball by 2018. They are young enough....to influence politics for the next two decades in Texas. Wendy may falter easily (I suspect), but the Castro brothers are a totally different story. At least one of them will be a contender for President in 2020.


7 posted on 01/24/2014 4:30:04 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

I believe that IS “the” plan.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 4:36:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

She is a white version of obama that has female plumbing... oh... wait... well she is a white version of obama.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 4:37:14 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: pepsionice

Unless America tires of the pain of communist oppression... then you will never hear from then again. That is a big IF!


10 posted on 01/24/2014 4:39:11 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wendy is toast. When a woman like her gives up the custody of her children, pays child support and gets a restraining order to refrain from illicit drugs and alcohol on child visitations, in Texas politics, it is over.


11 posted on 01/24/2014 5:01:56 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's never a wise idea to castigate a paraplegic who can't even walk for never having ‘walked in my shoes’.
12 posted on 01/24/2014 5:19:16 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

It’s not “over” because TX is full of socialists of all stripes who has thus far been unorganized outside of the central cities. Of the eight largest cities, seven are socialist in the inner cities. Fort Worth is the closest to an exception, and that’s Davis’ domicile.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 6:55:23 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Unless America tires of the pain of communist oppression

I would say that would be NEVER!

14 posted on 01/24/2014 6:57:10 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
female plumbing

I believe that Obama said the correct term is "lady parts".

15 posted on 01/24/2014 6:58:14 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
QUOTE "..... Unless, of course, Davis is seen as running a sub-par candidacy. And that is where the danger in these résumé questions lies for Davis. If the campaign is dogged by stories about her bio and her star — which is ascendant at the moment — is viewed as tarnished in some real way, then her ability to reserve that place at the front of the line is far less certain. And, remember that both Julian and Joaquin Castro as well as a slew of other ambitious, young Texas Democrats are eyeing Senate race in 2018 and 2020 as well as the governor's race in 2018."....

Off to the side... Why does the writer use "as well as" twice in the same paragraph? The word "and" works better in at least one of those instances. "Both and "and". That is one of my pet peeves about language. That, and everyone is always "reaching out" nowadays. They could just call. I guess reaching out is now a catch-all meaning "I sent a text, an e-mail and/or made a phone call".

16 posted on 01/24/2014 6:59:54 AM PST by webheart (Watch out for the bots! They will disagree with you!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If Perry were running again, Davis would have easier sailing. Still, I am unconvincded Abbott will be tough enough in the campaign ahead; same with Cassidy in LA.


17 posted on 01/24/2014 7:05:43 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

She never was a threat in any ones eyes but democrats....she was a no body before her non producing filibuster and now she’s a somebody, now she’s a gold digging, classless, little lying sleaze bag.


18 posted on 01/24/2014 7:23:34 AM PST by ontap
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Perpetually negative comments notwithstanding, Texas is still a shining light to the world, outside the inner big cities.

And not every Hispanic will line up to vote for Communists. Of course there must be hard hitting, truthful campaigns on our side, always. But we can coalesce with others even if a minority among Hispanics, because we care, we work, we VOTE.

Our kind of mentality are also having more of the children than are those who are constantly streaming through the abortion clinics and who think “free” “birth control” is the greatest thing going.

The one thing we must do above all is impart our knowledge and values to those children. And instill in them a willingness to FIGHT and hold onto traditional Texas and America.


19 posted on 01/24/2014 7:37:29 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear. -Glenn Beck)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; txrefugee; pepsionice

Agree on all accounts. The Castros are going to make Henry Cisneros look like a choir boy & there are 2 of them- twice the “fun”.

Keep the libations handy. This could get bloody.


20 posted on 01/24/2014 7:38:48 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: ontap
She never was a threat in any ones eyes but democrats....she was a no body before her non producing filibuster and now she’s a somebody, now she’s a gold digging, classless, little lying sleaze bag.

Making money from her running shoes, the dyslexic cunning runt.

21 posted on 01/24/2014 7:38:50 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: txrangerette
.....The one thing we must do above all is impart our knowledge and values to those children. And instill in them a willingness to FIGHT and hold onto traditional Texas and America.

If we can't to that in Texas, I don't think it can be done.

22 posted on 01/24/2014 8:08:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yep.

Texas is under siege, politically.

Everyone on all sides seems to see it that way, that it’s here the line is drawn.

Remember the line at the Alamo!


23 posted on 01/24/2014 8:22:30 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear. -Glenn Beck)
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To: Theodore R.

I pray that they do.


24 posted on 01/24/2014 9:33:18 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Theodore R.; Cincinatus' Wife; KGeorge; pepsionice; txrefugee

Abbott is certainly capable of being tough on Abortion Barbie, but if too tough, he might risk creating some sympathy for her. He is running a great campaign and will easily win without attacking her.

Her gaff about Abbott “never walked in my shoes” and her campaign mocking his disability has given her the image of being crass and insensitive. Strongly attacking her might blunt that image.

The Democrats are running Abortion Barbie to energize the base in Texas knowing that she cannot win. I agree with others that the ultimate goal is is to run Julián Castro for governor or other state wide office in the future. Running Davis as a sacrificial candidate is only a step toward their ultimate goal.


25 posted on 01/24/2014 11:04:13 AM PST by JeepersFreepers (The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. (Eccl 10:2 NIV))
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