DWIs are bad. I have one, I know. It's an irresponsible act no matter what kind of shine you try to put on it. Just because they are common, doesn't mean they should be taken lightly. Even if you don't get caught - you're still bad.
With that said...
Life isn't over for Naomi. Are things going to be a little tough for the next few weeks? Sure. End of her career? With the only other choice in that district being Norma - not likely.
People have short memories. I think a few months from now the only people who will remember will be her political foes here in El Paso. That amounts to Norma Chavez. Havning Norma dislike you is a guarantee you'll win reelection. If anything, this will make Norma run again and Naomi will sail to victory this time. Norma has no idea that her toxic persona is ten times worse than a DWI in voter's minds.
If I were Naomi I'd take out an ad in the Austin American Statesman and the El Paso Times apologizing for her behavior. Own it. Make no excuses. Make apologies. People like to be apologized to, it makes them feel powerful. Give them power.
What I don't understand here is why she didn't pull her legislator get out of jail free card like every other state representative and state senator. Believe me - she's by far not the only elected official to get pulled over for DWI this session. All the others know to pull out that special card Austin police are so familiar with.
Also - nothing good every happens ever midnight. Why can't people take it from someone who knows? Nothing good happens after midnight. And driving your car to the bar only means you'll drive drunk. If you don't drive to the bar, you drive drunk when you leave. A state rep should have a driver.
Anyhow... those are my thoughts.