Wendy Davis imploding
Democrats across Texas and America may be regretting their choice of Wendy Davis as the Great Feminist Hope, designated warrior in the battle to lock-up the female vote. Having raised something north of 12 million dollars for run at the Texas governorship, she has become the standard-bearer in the great crusade to turn Texas blue. But she is turning out to be something of a laughingstock, and the worst of laughingstock at that: one whose foibles reveal the conceits which define the feminist left.
The embarrassing omissions in her self-proclaimed biography are by now well-known to American Thinker readers. Instead of the brave single mom working her way through Harvard Law School by dint of outstanding scholarship and hard work - the feminist iconography of doing it all by herself -- she turns out to have married a prosperous man more than a decade older than she, who was so smitten that he cashed in his retirement plan to finance her education and took primary responsibility for raising her two children, one of whom dated from her previous marriage. As Robert Tacinski put it in Real Clear Politics:
if you spin a feminist yarn about how sisters are doin' it for themselves, the truth had better not turn out to be that you got ahead by marrying an older, economically successful man.
Even worse, this purported advocate of feminist independence and self-reliance got the most embarrassing endorsement short of David Duke:
To add insult to injury, Davis received the endorsement of Brandon Wade, the founder and CEO of a website that matches young women with "sugar daddies."
"Wendy Davis is proof that the sugar lifestyle is empowering. It can take a single mom from squalor to scholar, or in this case from the trailer park to Harvard, and a seat in the Senate. The sugar lifestyle creates an opportunity for women to transcend the single mother stereotypes."
Ouch. From feminist hero to "sugar baby."
Okay, campaigns do stumble from time to time, but with intelligence, skill, and the support of the liberal media, embarrassments can be forgotten by November. However, these skills are sorely lacking in the Davis campaign. John Fund:
David Mann, editor of the liberal Texas Observer, wrote a blunt article calling her campaign a "media fail": "The Wendy Davis operation is about the worst at media relations that I've ever seen. Her team's mismanagement of the press is damaging her candidacy."
Mann recounts several not-ready-for-prime-time moments, from sending reporters to an incorrect location for a media event to "refusing to confirm basic campaign scheduling details" out of suspicion of the media. Noting Davis's media problems began as soon as she announced in October, he links to a November column by Sandra Sanchez, opinion editor of the Monitor, the leading newspaper in South Texas.
Sanchez openly admits she wants "to believe that Davis could win and be our next governor" but concludes that isn't likely to happen if the "missteps, gaffes, and goofs" she witnessed during a Davis appearance in Pharr, Texas, continue. Sanchez wrote: "It was embarrassing to watch as a campaign staffer prematurely announced Davis' arrival and urged everyone to stand up and chant, which they did for several minutes until it was obvious that Davis wasn't there. 'I thought she was here,' a worker mused into the microphone to the quizzical and confused glances from the crowd of 60 or so." Sanchez herself tried to ask a question about Davis' recent response to an abortion question but "before (Davis) could articulate, her new press aide Rebecca Acuña jumped in and said 'that comment was taken out of context.'" Acuña then called Sanchez late that night requesting she change a headline on the Monitor's website.
Every campaign has a shakedown phase, but Mann notes that Davis's problems have been ongoing.
And now it turns out that Davis has been using campaign funds to live in luxury while in Austin for state legislature sessions, and at other times, too. Ellison Barber in The Washington Free Beacon:
Embattled Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has spent more than $131,000 in campaign funds to pay for luxury apartments in Austin, Texas, since her election to the Texas State Senate in 2008, according to aWashington Free Beacon analysis.
While such use of campaign funds islegal in Texas, the amounts involved and properties rented may undermine Davis's campaign persona of a working class single mom, observers tell the Free Beacon.
Indeed, these realities of Wendy Davis reveal her as an conniving, luxury-loving, hypocritical schemer, someone who has used shadings of the truth and artifice to build an image at variance with reality. In other words, a phony.
Frances Martel of Breitbart has even revealed that not all that long ago, she donated to George W. Bush.
The records list a $250 donation from Wendy Davis from April 28, 1999 to Bush for President, Inc. Davis listed her occupation as "homemaker" and her address as "Continental Plaza #C-10," a sector of an office building which legal directory FindLaw.com lists as the office of attorney Jeffry Davis, her husband at the time.
Almost as startling is the image transformation Davis worked as she migrated from "homemaker" to feminist icon:
With Wendy, manipulated appearances can certainlybe deceiving.