Well, folks, I guess we’re done here. Wendy Davis has penned an “open letter” to the residents of Texas and, we presume, the rest of America, indicating that she’s going to fight through the pain and intimidation of being called out on lying about key elements of her personal story, which she made into a cornerstone of her campaign, and do what she set out to do, which is apparently share the struggle of so many Texas women who had to find generous men to finance their education. A chicken in every pot, and a SeekingArrangements.com profile for every single mother.
Of course, we’re being unduly mean. Wendy Davis didn’t set out to ratify every sexist notion men have had about powerful women the feminist movement has tried to eradicate over the last forty years and to turn back the clock on women’s rights to right around when Mad Men would have taken place. Plus, you know, that story that she embellished to sound more bootstrappy than she really is rings true to a lot of Texas women, and that’s all that matters, right? Even if the notion that she had to make up the story is just a teensy bit insulting to women who, you know, actually struggled.
As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten more and more desperate. But now they’ve stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story – playing politics with the journey that has been my life.
Mine is a story about a teenage single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat. It’s a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It’s a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance.
And you’re damn right it’s a true story.
I suppose she is right that parts of it are true. The parts that don’t matter to the core of the story, anyway. The rest of it is just made up to make Wendy Davis seem more like a feminist hero than she had any right to be. But, of course, she goes on to say that Greg Abbott (who actually didn’t pitch the story) and his “allies,” which apparently now include a left-leaning Dallas Morning News reporter who regularly appears as a contributor on MSNBC to attack the Texas GOP, have leveled this horribly false attack on her false story. But she’s running for governor to stop them. Or something.
Thankfully, Wendy thinks she has at least one thing Greg Abbott doesn’t – a bona fide life struggle – which would probably be news to Greg Abbott who has been paralyzed since an accident in the mid 1980s. But, she’s right. Greg Abbott hasn’t walked a day in her shoes. I mean, he hasn’t really walked at all in nearly three decades, but hey. Details.
But enough about the past. Wendy Davis is moving on to the future. The glorious, bright future. Where she supports gun rights. Because that’s what you guys really care about, right? Guns. And Wendy Davis sure does love herself some guns.
Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis promised Tuesday to veto a state income tax to pay for public schools and expand where people may carry handguns, while her campaign attempted to move past allegations she misled people while telling her life story….
While Democrats elsewhere have called for tighter gun laws, Davis said she owns a handgun for protection, plans to obtain a concealed handgun license and supports legislation that allows workers to keep guns in their vehicles at work.
“I think I have been pretty strong in supporting the expansion of the rights of gun ownership,” she said.
Technically, she hasn’t. She’s supported more background checks for private gun sellers and even led a campaign to boot gun shows off of municipal property. I’m sure the transcripts for those meetings show how committed she is to people’s gun rights. But I suppose at least she’s finally taking our advice not to run on gun control in a state whose grandmothers could win an arms race against a medium-sized third world country. Even if this probably won’t make the people she courted with her rock solid commitment to feminist principles very happy.
UPDATE: Wendy Davis’s “new idea” to expand citizen gun rights is already on the books. Try again.