Wendy Davis: As the Soap Churns

Rosslyn Smith
The political fortunes of Wendy Davis seem to have hit a whole new level of silliness when she decided she needed to respond to criticism about her choices in life from single mother Bristol Palin. 

Davis was responding to a blog post from the daughter of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who wrote last week amid questions about the timeline of Davis's personal biography, slamming her for allegedly leaving her kids behind with her ex-husband after finishing law school.

"Gosh, children are sooo inconvenient, huh? I'm glad my mother didn't put motherhood on the shelf when she was elected to City Council, then became our mayor, then governor," Palin wrote, addressing her comments to liberals. "I know you would rather think about Wendy Davis, so let's get back to her. She's more your type of woman. She left her kid, husband, made it into a false 'made-for-tv-movie-type tale' and then demanded that Texans have the right to kill babies. That's the woman you libs can really get behind!"

Davis was asked about the comments in a Monday interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos, where she dismissed the criticism.

"I think there obviously is a threat that people across Texas are connecting with me and connecting with the reality of my life story," Davis said, when asked why the attack was so personal.

She continued: "With all due respect to Ms. Palin, of course, nothing that was said in that tweet is true. I'm very proud of the mother I have been to my daughters. I have always been and will always be the most important female in their lives. They are the most important thing to me and I'm very proud I've been able to be a role model, a friend, a mother to these two beautiful girls I've raised."

Responding to criticism of this nature is a tricky move for any candidate as it tends to both keep the story alive and suggest a thin skinned temperament that is a liability to a serious political career.  To deign to respond to criticism from a source like a twenty something reality TV celebrity shows a serious lack of judgment. Unless, of course, the real plan all along has been to join the world of cable TV celebrities. 

 

The political fortunes of Wendy Davis seem to have hit a whole new level of silliness when she decided she needed to respond to criticism about her choices in life from single mother Bristol Palin. 

Davis was responding to a blog post from the daughter of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who wrote last week amid questions about the timeline of Davis's personal biography, slamming her for allegedly leaving her kids behind with her ex-husband after finishing law school.

"Gosh, children are sooo inconvenient, huh? I'm glad my mother didn't put motherhood on the shelf when she was elected to City Council, then became our mayor, then governor," Palin wrote, addressing her comments to liberals. "I know you would rather think about Wendy Davis, so let's get back to her. She's more your type of woman. She left her kid, husband, made it into a false 'made-for-tv-movie-type tale' and then demanded that Texans have the right to kill babies. That's the woman you libs can really get behind!"

Davis was asked about the comments in a Monday interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos, where she dismissed the criticism.

"I think there obviously is a threat that people across Texas are connecting with me and connecting with the reality of my life story," Davis said, when asked why the attack was so personal.

She continued: "With all due respect to Ms. Palin, of course, nothing that was said in that tweet is true. I'm very proud of the mother I have been to my daughters. I have always been and will always be the most important female in their lives. They are the most important thing to me and I'm very proud I've been able to be a role model, a friend, a mother to these two beautiful girls I've raised."

Responding to criticism of this nature is a tricky move for any candidate as it tends to both keep the story alive and suggest a thin skinned temperament that is a liability to a serious political career.  To deign to respond to criticism from a source like a twenty something reality TV celebrity shows a serious lack of judgment. Unless, of course, the real plan all along has been to join the world of cable TV celebrities.