“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” -Winston Churchill
When I wrote about Wendy Davis in June, I knew very little about her back story. I’m not from Texas. But if I were, I wouldn’t have voted for her. Her willingness to defend the availability of abortions after 20 weeks was really all I could stomach at the time. I should have known it wasn’t the last we’d see of Ms. Davis. What can I say? Where I come from, having a vagina and wearing pink running shoes doesn’t qualify you for political office.
The entire country is familiar with her lies by now. There is something that irks me more than the lies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s bad enough to pretend to be a single mother when you weren’t. It’s ridiculous to tell the world you clawed your way out of poverty and destitution all by your little blonde self when you didn’t.
No, it’s this tweet that gets me: “I share my story of being a single mother, of fighting for a chance at a better life not because my story is unique, but because it is not.”
Oh, but Wendy, it IS unique. You see, when you married Jeff Davis, you turned in your single mother card. When you ditched your daughters, ages two and eight, for Harvard, you turned in your mom card. Ms. Davis, when you moved 1,800 miles away for three years, you weren’t being a mom. And you weren’t “fighting for a better life” because you were already married to a successful attorney. One that publically stated he was making six figures at the time he was footing your college and law school bills.
Let’s face it; “struggling single mom” buys a hell of a lot more votes than “spoiled princess that got to take a break from the demands of motherhood to chase her own personal dreams.” I suppose it doesn’t fit the liberal feminist narrative to admit that she wasn’t exactly single, wasn’t exactly poor, and wasn’t exactly present in her children’s lives for a good three years. It’s not politically expedient to admit behind your law degree stood a man with a checkbook. You are the very thing feminists despise. Your husband’s money and connections gave you a boost not afforded most single mothers. You didn’t make it on your own. You made it because you had a supportive partner in your spouse.
For his part, Jeff Davis sounds like a standup guy. After making the final Harvard payment, they divorced and Jeff took full custody of their daughter. He is quoted as saying, “She did the right thing. She said, ‘I think you’re right; you’ll make a good, nurturing father. While I’ve been a good mother, it’s not a good time for me right now.’ “ He refuses to throw Ms. Davis under the bus, defending her choices and even saying she’d make a great governor. I applaud him for that. He is, after all, the father of one of her children.
I’m not, however. And I’m sure I can learn how to steer a bus.
A good mother doesn’t decide “it’s not a good time for me right now.” A good mother doesn’t choose political and professional ambition over her children.
I know that Wendy Davis would like to blame the Wayne Slater piece in the Dallas Morning News on the Abbott campaign. She’s already labeled the aftermath an “attack.” Davis wants to chalk it up as “playing politics.” Really, princess? You lied about your past to make yourself more appealing to voters. You are the Jedi Master of political BS.
That she refuses to own up to her lies tells me she isn’t ready to lead the state of Texas or anything else. And now that you know the truth, do you really want her to?