The hour will soon arrive when Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces whether she will run for governor, and if she does, Texas politics will never be the same.
The challenges facing Republicans in Texas are similar to the challenges facing Republicans nationally, which is what I discussed in my new column about the battle between traditional Republicans and a new breed of old-idea Republicans I labeled the neo-confederates.
Texas will almost certainly go blue. The question is how fast. If Davis runs for governor, where she will be a fighting underdog with a real but long-shot chance of winning; and if Hillary Clinton runs for president, where she will have an even money chance of carrying Texas, the surge of Democrats in Texas will be accelerated. I emphasize that while Davis and Clinton are both pro-choice, they expand their vote with their long-term championing of issues such as pay equity, jobs, veterans support, and issues important to seniors, among many others.