For Texas women seeking fair pay, the meaning is clear: The only way to achieve pay equity is to elect a Democratic governor. For American women seeking fair pay, the meaning equally clear: Elect a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House. 

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As I wrote last week, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), a leader in the fight for pay equity for Texas women, would make an outstanding governor. So would other prominent Texas Democrats such as San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Every major Texas Democrat who might run for governor or senator in 2014 supports equal pay for women.

Over the weekend, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.), referring to Republican opponents of a fair immigration bill, suggested that the Republican Party is facing a potential "demographic death spiral."

He is right. This demographic death spiral for Republicans involves their taking positions hostile to female voters as much as their taking positions hostile to Hispanic voters.

Watching Perry galloping to Washington to give rightist speeches alongside Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE and Herman Cain, while he destroys hopes for women receiving fair pay back home in Texas, speaks volumes about why Texas blue could come true if Texas Democrats choose a strong candidate like Davis or Castro to run for governor in 2014 and nominate Clinton to run for president in 2016.