While Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is mulling the Catch 22 situation he finds himself in by having been hated for not endorsing Donald Trump and then being hated for endorsing Trump, Democrats, sensing some vulnerability, are casting about for a candidate to run against him in 2018. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that some have fixed their gaze entirely on Wendy Davis, the former Texas state senator who ran for governor in 2014 and was handed an epic thumping by the current Gov.

Greg Abbott.

Davis, as might be remembered, won national notoriety when she filibustered an abortion bill on the floor of the Texas Senate several years ago. National Democrats concluded that Davis was just the person they needed to turn red-state Texas blue by running her for governor. Texans disagreed, mainly because Davis was to the left of most voters and that she was a terrible candidate. Abbott beat her by a million votes, and she even lost her old Senate district.

But that was then, as Davis herself must be mulling, and this is now. Cruz was damaged by his unsuccessful run for the presidency and his tussle with Donald Trump since. Perhaps he could be knocked over by someone like Davis, and the first Democrat could be elected to the United States Senate in a generation.

Of course, no matter what happens in the current presidential election, Cruz is not likely to lose his bid for reelection to the Senate.

He is busily repairing whatever riffs may have opened up between him and Texas voters. Cruz’s endorsement of Trump may have caused some raised eyebrows among the pundit class and some movement conservatives, but it has restored him to the good graces of the Texas Republican establishment.

The thinking of Davis and her partisans is that Cruz is a “polarizing figure” and thus might be denied a second Senate term.

However, Davis is also polarizing in ways that she may not realize. That movement conservatives, cross as they may be with Cruz, would prefer her to the current Texas senator or would even stay home in not within the range of objective reality. Indeed, Cruz would likely welcome Davis as an opponent such is her ideology.  

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