Wendy Davis took a ten point crash from the moment she announced that she was running for governor of Texas. She now trails her opponent, Greg Abbott, by around 15 points, despite her best efforts at courting every vote outside the state.
She’s lagging because of a few key features of her campaign. First, it makes gun control a key issue in a state where not only are the people heavily armed, but the livestock as well. Second, she’s allied her communications with Organizing for Action’s Texas arm, which promptly ran an ad making a joke about Greg Abbott walking into the legislature, when it is abundantly clear to everyone who has ever seen Greg Abbott that he cannot walk. She had yet to talk about the cornerstone of her political career, her filibuster of a Texas law that prevents abortions after 20 weeks, which rolled the Texas abortion deadline back from 24 weeks.
She’s since corrected that oversight. Today, Wendy Davis, says she’s “pro-life.”
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), best known for her 11-hour filibusteragainst a controversial bill aimed at severely cutting access to abortion services across the Lone Star State, said her views on abortion make her “pro-life.”
“I am pro-life,” Davis said during a campaign stop at the University of Texas at Brownsville, according to the Valley Morning Star.
“I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future,” Davis said. “I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”
Look, this clearly isn’t a ploy to rope in unsuspecting people who define themselves as pro-life and haven’t heard the name Wendy Davis yet. Most people on that side of the aisle associate her with maintaining the legal status of a procedure that even people in Europe consider pretty barbaric. I mean, even France thinks 12 weeks is plenty of time for you to decide whether to pull the plug. With the 20 weeks versus 24 weeks argument, Wendy’s playing at the edge of a very gray area, especially when science has progressed to the point where giving birth at 21 or 22 weeks isn’t a death sentence for the child, by far.
Mostly this is a smug attempt at co-opting language. Wendy cares so much for the health and well being of all children, she’s 100% committed to making sure the ones that would end up starving and oppressed by the upper echelons of society are exterminated before they’re born, but not quite before they’re able to live outside the womb with non-maternal assistance. It’s compassionate. Sort of in the same way that putting minor children in the custody of Charlie Sheen is compassionate when their mother is Brooke Mueller. You’re not looking at a slate of awesome alternatives.
Anyway, no one really believes this sh*t except probably Wendy Davis.