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Elspeth
01-21-2014, 06:46 PM
January 21, 2014 4:45 PM
Wendy Davis’s Defenders
Her liberal supporters see criticism of her fibs as motivated by sexism.
By Andrew Stiles

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Following revelations that Wendy Davis fudged some of the details of her personal background and life story — a centerpiece of her long-shot gubernatorial campaign — the Left is rallying to her defense.

Predictably, rather than address the actual discrepancies in Davis’s “rags to riches” narrative, her liberal supporters have devoted most of their energy to blasting her critics as sexist foot-soldiers in the Republican party’s “war on women.”

At MSNBC, a network that recently ousted one of its hosts for suggesting someone ought to defecate in a woman’s mouth, Zachary Roth reported that conservatives had “pounced” on the Dallas Morning News report about Davis’s fibs for sinister reasons.

Roth explains that, in the mind of conservatives, Davis is at fault not for “playing fast and loose with her biography,” but for “making life choices they disagree with — including the decision, as a mother, to prioritize her career.” And just in case you didn’t grasp what he was getting at, Roth adds: “It’s hard to imagine those choices generating criticism were Wendy Davis a man.”

A ThinkProgress blogger charged that the attacks on Davis were drawn from a “classic sexist playbook,” and seemed to find hidden malice in Morning News reporter Wayne Slater’s innocuous statement that, owing to the admitted discrepancies in Davis’s personal narrative, “Some will question how much of her success was her own doing, and how bad her circumstances were to start.” The left-wing blogger argues that such questions are clearly absurd, citing as evidence the fact that Davis herself insists that such questions are, in fact, “absurd.”

The New Republic asks: What’s the big deal? “The most paradigmatic political narratives — from Marco Rubio’s to Barack Obama’s — are almost always achieved with a touch of creative license,” wrote Nora Caplan-Bricker. Of course, “it’s worth asking why Davis felt compelled to play up her trailer park origins,” but certainly not worth “dwelling on this point.”

Feminist writers such as Jessica Valenti went after the Morning News for “trying to paint Wendy Davis a bad mother & gold-digger,” and presumably for quoting Davis’s second husband, Jeff Davis, who noted that their relationship ended almost immediately after he made the final payment on her Harvard Law School loan. “It was ironic,” he said. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.” “Give me a [f***ing] break,” Valenti rebutted. She later wrote that she “look[s] forward to the day a male politician is criticized for having a spouse that supported his career.”

Amanda Marcotte and others claimed that the real “scandal” in the eyes of Davis’s critics was the fact that her ex-husband had generously supported her career, just “as wives have done since time immemorial.” Liberal blogger Sarah Jones informed us that criticism of Davis was a reminder of how “conservatives view working women with contempt.” To conservatives, “if [a] woman dares to rely on [her husband’s] money, she is a very bad person who is stealing from man [sic],” Jones explained.

Jones ends on a note that pretty much sums up the liberal reaction to criticism about Davis and her “fuzzy facts”:

For Ms. Davis’ part, she has vowed to be more precise in her language, which is as it should be. But forgive me if I am more appalled by the vicious attacks from a party that pretends it’s Pro life and then removes social safety nets from single parents and demonizes single mothers and women in general, leaving vulnerable children to starve.

Sure, she may have lied. But Republicans want to murder your kids.

coach
01-21-2014, 06:57 PM
I cant believe she was stupid enough to gin up all this nonsense knowing she was trying to jumpstart a political career move. Did she not realize it would be found out and blow up in her face ? I suppose I should never be surprised at the denseness of libs.

DumbAss Tanker
01-21-2014, 09:09 PM
That bitch just looks like nothing but ten flavors of trouble.

Apache
01-21-2014, 10:15 PM
I cant believe she was stupid enough to gin up all this nonsense knowing she was trying to jumpstart a political career move. Did she not realize it would be found out and blow up in her face ? I suppose I should never be surprised at the denseness of libs.Her defense of the Left begins with the bigger picture, turning Texas blue... California has gone, New York.... was gone.


Why do you think we have so many... "We need a law for" types?

NJCardFan
01-22-2014, 01:04 AM
2 things are funny about this story. #1, the person who outer her lies is hardly a Republican. #2, she accuses her opponent of not knowing what it's like to struggle. Now I might not be a Rhodes Scholar or anything but I think Mr. Abbot has a few experiences with struggling. You know, having his back broken and all in 1984 and is a wheelchair bound paraplegic.

NJCardFan
01-22-2014, 02:27 AM
Her defense of the Left begins with the bigger picture, turning Texas blue... California has gone, New York.... was gone.


Why do you think we have so many... "We need a law for" types?

If Texas turns blue, it's all over. You might as well turn in your voter card because the country will be on an irreversible path to hell.

coach
01-22-2014, 01:53 PM
If Texas turns blue, it's all over. You might as well turn in your voter card because the country will be on an irreversible path to hell.
LBJ
stranger things have happened.

Arroyo_Doble
01-22-2014, 01:59 PM
If Texas turns blue, it's all over. You might as well turn in your voter card because the country will be on an irreversible path to hell.

Only at the presidential level. And that ship may have sailed already with blue Virginia and Colorado.

Texas still only gets 2 senators, just like Wyoming or Alaska (or Rhode Island, for that matter) so the impact would be minimal. As far as the House, you don't have to worry about that until the next Census and even then, it will still be spaghetti, here.

Elspeth
01-22-2014, 03:32 PM
Only at the presidential level. And that ship may have sailed already with blue Virginia and Colorado.

Texas still only gets 2 senators, just like Wyoming or Alaska (or Rhode Island, for that matter) so the impact would be minimal. As far as the House, you don't have to worry about that until the next Census and even then, it will still be spaghetti, here.

Only Northern Virginia (Alexandria and Fairfax Counties) is blue. That's government workers and subsidized housing. The rest of the state is red.

Odysseus
01-22-2014, 03:55 PM
I cant believe she was stupid enough to gin up all this nonsense knowing she was trying to jumpstart a political career move. Did she not realize it would be found out and blow up in her face ? I suppose I should never be surprised at the denseness of libs.

She never expected it to bite her, because liberals think that their press won't report the facts, and they're right that part, but now that there are alternative media, that's no longer the case.


That bitch just looks like nothing but ten flavors of trouble.

Just because she used her second husband as a piggy bank and abandoned her children when she graduated from Harvard? You sexist, you.


2 things are funny about this story. #1, the person who outer her lies is hardly a Republican. #2, she accuses her opponent of not knowing what it's like to struggle. Now I might not be a Rhodes Scholar or anything but I think Mr. Abbot has a few experiences with struggling. You know, having his back broken and all in 1984 and is a wheelchair bound paraplegic.

She recently said that anyone who criticized her for her actions needed to "walk a mile in her shoes." Think that she was trying to say something to her opponent?

linda22003
01-22-2014, 04:12 PM
Only Northern Virginia (Alexandria and Fairfax Counties) is blue. That's government workers and subsidized housing. The rest of the state is red.

Jennifer Wexton just won the special election to replace Mark Herring, who is the new AG. This puts the State Senate in Dem hands if the new LG's former seat goes Dem (there were only a few votes separating the outcome). http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democrats-win-state-senate-seat-in-northern-virginia--and-perhaps-control-of-the-chamber/2014/01/21/6a0eecac-829a-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html

Elspeth
01-22-2014, 04:33 PM
Jennifer Wexton just won the special election to replace Mark Herring, who is the new AG. This puts the State Senate in Dem hands if the new LG's former seat goes Dem (there were only a few votes separating the outcome). http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democrats-win-state-senate-seat-in-northern-virginia--and-perhaps-control-of-the-chamber/2014/01/21/6a0eecac-829a-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html

The map of Virginia is red except for a couple of counties around DC, Richmond and VA beach. The fact that Democrats are squeaking out wins through various means (legal and illegal) does not mean the state actually agrees with them and their agenda.

Retread
01-22-2014, 07:30 PM
If Texas turns blue, it's all over. You might as well turn in your voter card because the country will be on an irreversible path to hell.

Doesn't matter what Tx does, we're already on that downhill slide. The only thing possible is to change the speed.

Rockntractor
01-22-2014, 07:37 PM
The world is in an uproar and we will all soon be at war so the direction we are headed politically now may be far different than what will form after everything crashes and burns and the dust settles.

DumbAss Tanker
01-22-2014, 07:50 PM
The world is in an uproar and we will all soon be at war so the direction we are headed politically now may be far different than what will form after everything crashes and burns and the dust settles.

Actual collapse is the most fertile ground for Socialist agendas, it wouldn't surprise me to find out that's what they're actually hoping to achieve, at least if they can't just get there in a straight line through 'Progressivism.'