| I've seen a lot of hand-wringing, teeth-gnashing, concern-trolling, and outright nay-saying by various media outlets and political writers over the last few weeks about how Wendy Davis can't possibly win, not ever ever ever no way no how not in Texas not in 2014 or ever give up go home right now.
Most of these arguments fail to dig deeply into the lack of statewide GOTV and base mobilization by Democrats in past cycles, the role that a galvanized activist base can play, or the fact that Democrats actually won nearly all of our most hotly contested races in 2012. Heck, most of them don't even engage with what it will cost in raw dollars and human hours to register and GOTV the non-voting Texas electorate.
Nuanced contextualization of facts, it appears, has little quarter in most of the journalism about the early stages of the 2014 governor's race.
While I will admit that these articles cause me a bit of worry in that they might demoralize our base before it has a chance to be activated, I'd counter that very argument by noting that such a statement runs against everything that happened at the Capitol this summer, when thousands upon thousands of Texans streamed into the dome to make sure their voices were heard even though they knew it was an uphill battle. And still, we won that first round, until Perry exploited his power to call everyone back for another special session.
But! As a major progressive political blog in Texas, it's our job to satisfy demand for all things Wendy. We think she can win, so rather than encouraging writers to devote more hours to their naysaying, we've made a mad lib that will generate all possible "Wendy Can't Win!!" trend pieces so that journalists can instead spend their time being more thoughtful about Davis's actual chances.
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