Well the cat is out of the bag. Texas state senator Wendy Davis who was transformed into a media darling last year during her 11 hour filibuster in pink running shoes and some designer coat protesting late-term abortions and laws designed to clean up the unsanitary abortions mills in Texas has been exposed by a newspaper of all things. She went on to turn that filibuster into a gubernatorial run. It wasn’t a big surprise, after all Texas hasn’t elected a democrat to the governorship since Anne Richards in 1990 and she was ousted just four years later by George W. Bush. But the fact that the democrats haven’t been able to beat Bush or Perry for the last 20 years is starting to rankle them, so they needed someone with voter curb appeal. Enter Wendy Davis.
She seemed to be perfect, a single mom who was raised without a father who didn’t provide child support appeared to be a great starting point for the woman who had wooed the democratic heavy hitters in Texas. It also helped that she had a child and was divorced as a teen, lived in a trailer, made a better life for herself attending college, then went to Harvard and got a law degree and pulled herself out of the wreckage of near poverty and arose like a phoenix to conquer all that lay before her. Now here she is, one of the people of Texas, she knows hardship, hard work, and the value of a life spent scraping by and she wants your vote to make a better Texas.
It would have been a glorious campaign that probably would have gone a long way with Battleground Texas to start the red to blue taking hold in Texas. It would have been…were any of that information true. The Dallas Morning-News blew that story out of the water earlier this week and despite the fact that it has largely been reported by conservative outlets, it will be a problem for Wendy Davis. Texans, outside the major cities and the border with Mexico, are largely conservative in nature which explains why 24 of the 36 representatives from Texas are Republicans. That aside, a lot of those people aren’t going to like finding out that Davis’ story was embellished to the point of lies because if the Dallas Morning-News has finished a piece of actual, no kidding for reals, journalism that is fair and even-handed like it appeared to read, then she has real problems because that fair piece did her no favors. I don’t think she could spin any of that to her benefit now. Turns out she is just another slick lawyer, looking to spin facts to her advantage and become what all slick lawyers want to be, a politician.
It is like watching the fancy coach turn into the pumpkin after the ball, the wait a minute…you’re not a NASCAR fan moment that Texans will see. Sure she was a child in a one parent home…where the child support dried up. So what she was a teenage mother who was divorced at 21, that is practically a teen. Yes, she did live in a trailer for a few months…then got her own apartment. Add on top of that the fact that her second husband paid for her college, then cashed his 401k for Harvard, and raised their daughters, and she left him when the bill to Harvard was paid….what does that tell you? What will that tell Texans? Maybe they could’ve forgiven one or two oversights, but when your entire narrative turns out to be a lie it does not look good. The more digging that reporters, citizen or paid, do the more dirt I think they will find on Davis.
A colleague spoke about her saying, “Wendy is tremendously ambitious…she’s not going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way.” Wow! That is rough. That is crawl over your children, your husband, your colleagues, everything and anything to get at what you want. How long would it be before she was crawling over Texans to advance her own agenda? I don’t think it would be too long. A pattern like that isn’t something that a slick corporate lawyer like Davis gives up because she reached the governor’s mansion. No, it would be onto the next step. But that also means she has been crawling over people to get to the next rung on the ladder for years and now some of those people are looking up at Davis thinking maybe it is time to air their grievances.
More dirt to come, I guarantee it, and by the time it is done, the faint glimmer of hope that the Dems had in Texas with Davis will be nothing more than a memory come November and a Republican landslide. Back to the drawing board Battleground Texas, back to the drawing board.