Our Texas Cry: Remember Wendy Davis!
Remember Wendy Davis? She was the Texas Democrat who became an MSM darling for her filibuster against a state law restricting abortions. Davis exploited her 15-minutes of fame by running for Governor of Texas in 2014. But despite the backing of an adoring press, Davis got demolished, losing by more than 20 points to Greg Abbott. For the record, my home county of Hood showed its scorn by awarding Davis all of . . . 18.9% of the vote.
So when on today’s Morning Joe, Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei claimed that Hillary Clinton is so far ahead that she has a better shot at winning Texas than Trump has of winning the presidency, this adopted Texan had to laugh.
VandeHei was reacting to Joe Scarborough’s suggestion that the MSM’s massive anti-Trump bias might actually backfire against Hillary, by feeding into the Trump narrative about an election rigged by the media.
VandeHei scoffed at that notion. While acknowledging that the election has been a “middle finger” to government and the media, he said “I don’t think this race is remotely close. I think there’s a better chance that he ends up losing a place like Missouri or even Texas than there is of him winning the presidency.”
I don’t know about those Missouri mules, but if Clinton carries Texas, I’ll post a pic of myself in a Hillary hat.
Note: Here’s a map showing the results of Davis’ demolition in 2014. The only counties she carried were Dallas, Travis [weird old Austin], and areas along the Mexican border.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I think, Jim VandeHei, just to take a counter view, I think the media coverage over the past two weeks have been so one-sided against Donald Trump that it’s actually making a lot of people who loathe Donald Trump actually push away from supporting Hillary Clinton, and that’s — I know that’s — I just — I’m hearing it wherever I go, that this race is really, like Mike said, this race is about Hillary Clinton. People are making their choices based on how they feel about Hillary Clinton, and it’s almost like they tune Donald Trump out, but the press is weighing in so heavily here that I don’t know if the coverage actually might have a small effect backfiring — backfiring, actually, in a way that feeds right into Donald Trump’s narrative.
JIM VANDEHEI: Listen, there’s no doubt this whole election has been a middle finger to all of us, to government, to big media. I’ll take the counter view to what you just said. I don’t think this race is remotely close. I think there’s a better chance he ends up losing a place like Missouri or even Texas than there is of him winning the presidency. There’s nothing that I’ve seen in the history of polling that suggests when you have on average an eight-point advantage for a candidate and the trend lines are going in the direction they are that this race is close.
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