“Davis is an example of the perils that await politicians who believe their own hype. The left will soon forget they ever placed so much faith in Davis, and move on to the next flavor of the month who they will convince themselves can finally lead them to the destiny Democrats believe is their demographic due.”
After Abbott ad, Wendy Davis is holding press conference right now with disabled people in wheelchairs pic.twitter.com/V54NCy4awR
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) October 13, 2014
[VIDEO] Rogan: Wendy Davis’s Empty-Wheelchair Ad ‘a Massive Miscalculation’, Reflects ‘Absolute Desperation’Posted: October 11, 2014
A suspected arms dealer, an allegedly crooked mayor dealing in White House access, and a cowardly attorney general walk into a bar. Even if it’s the bar right next door to The Washington Post, would they get any coverage? If they’re Democrats, the answer is probably no.
You know the old story. A national media once obsessed with the “local crime story” of the Trayvon Martin case is suddenly reticent about abortion doctor and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, because it was a “local crime story,” as The Washington Post health reporter Sarah Kliff called it. A national media once obsessed with state Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas is suddenly reticent about a state senator in California allegedly selling rocket launchers to foreign terrorists because they don’t do state senator stories, according to a CNN Twitter account. Read the rest of this entry »
@TheINDYpundit It’s in line with us covering state senators & state secretary of state races just about never. You see another conspiracy?
— CNN.com Writers (@CNNWriters) March 28, 2014
Shameless. Breitbart has coverage:
CNN dismissed complaints that the network was not covering last week’s shocking arrest of Democrat Leland Yee, the California state senator who was arrested for alleged arms trafficking and bribery, and falsely asserted that it does not give attention to state senators.
That standard did not apply to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, whom CNN covered relentlessly. This was long before she even considered a gubernatorial run after filibustering a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and make those conducted before then safer.
Viewers and readers on Friday complained that the network, just like Politico, was not reporting or discussing Yee’s scandal online, and the official and verified @CNNWriters account tweeted to one critic that ignoring Yee’s arrest was standard practice. (read more here)
Wendy Davis Open Carry: Alienating Her Base?
Perhaps it’s a testament to Wendy Davis’ controversial image and growing national profile, or to the size and importance of Texas on the national stage, but seriously…why is the Texas Governor’s race getting so much national media attention? Particularly from conservatives?
I’m inclined to think the right-leaning media’s obsessive focus on Davis says more about her strengths as a candidate than her critics would like to admit. Otherwise, why can’t 24 hours pass without new op-eds and analysis about her campaign?
If her campaign is so doomed, and she’s not a threat, why not shut up about it, and cover something else? (note: I realize I’m contributing to the exact thing I’m complaining about, giving attention to the topic. But it’s an honest question. I’m curious why Davis and the Texas race continues to attract media attention)
Start from the premise that Wendy Davis probably was going to lose the election against Greg Abbott no matter what.
But probably wasn’t a sure thing. Abbott never was in Edwin Edwards territory: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.”
It didn’t help that Davis’s narrative of being a struggling teenage single mom who brought herself up by her bootstraps all the way to Harvard Law School fell apart.
Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.
“We’ve gone from pink sneakers to red meat in a matter of months. Incredible.”
Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. But in a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative a state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.
Davis’ position now aligns her with her Republican gubernatorial rival, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, marking her latest effort to eliminate it as a wedge issue in the campaign.
This is remarkable, the latest in a string of rightward moves that must have the more honest among Davis’s backers wondering why they’re bothering. Thus far, their candidate has: dropped from her website all mention of abortion, the very thing that made her famous; started to describe herself as “pro-life” in the vain hope that voters might not notice; and, worried at how she might be portrayed, taken to walking around campaign events carrying a shotgun and talking like Yosemite Sam. The policy shifts, too, have been remarkable. As her star fades and her numbers sting, Davis sounds more and more conservative, railing against state income taxes that would increase funding for public schools and promising to expand the areas in which residents could conceal-carry pistols.
But open carry? We’ve gone from pink sneakers to red meat in a matter of months. Incredible.
The state senator from Fort Worth said such a law should allow private property owners to determine whether weapons could be openly carried on their property. She also said background checks and training requirements would “help ensure that only mentally stable, law-abiding citizens may carry, whether concealed or open.”
But her party and influential Democratic colleagues, including a fellow state senator running for lieutenant governor, disagree.
It’s instructive to note the shift from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama. Bill Clinton straddled the issue, rhetorically, by declaring that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” By adding the last word — really nothing more than a rhetorical fillip, because he opposed all restrictions — he at least attempted to signal to pro-life people that he understood the act of abortion did in fact have moral consequences.
Whether he did believe this I have no idea. But he did at least try to signal his understanding of, and concern about, the moral consequences of abortion.
His political posture was thus: If you’re pro-life, I am voting against you; I will use my power as President to advance the interests of your opponents and thwart your own; however, I will at least give you the courtesy of a rhetorical nod towards the plausibility and respectability of your position. I disagree with you, but I will grant you that your position is well-founded, even if it is one I do not favor.
Compare this to Barack Obama, who today proclaims abortion an unambiguous moral good, something that permits “everyone” to “have the same freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams.”
Early this morning the Political page of Huffington Post had a WW3-sized alarmist headline trumpeting “misogyny”-fueled attacks on Davis. Yep, its full panic mode. That overblown lead story has since rotated out, but the theme remains. Huffpo headlines like this reveal the desperate wagon-circling to protect Wendy.
On the other hand, to their credit, HuffPo, and others, rallied to protect Sarah Palin when she was under attack, calling out her critics as hateful sexists. Oh, wait. Never mind. Actually, the HuffPo piled on. As expected, the Democrat-Media Complex never lifted a finger to defend Palin, when attacked by critics, or any other conservative candidate who happens to be a minority, or a woman. It’s only hateful and sexist if you criticize a liberal female candidate.
John Nolte writes:
It is not as though the media would have to quit their ongoing political assassination of Chris Christie to give the brewing scandal surrounding Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’s bio falsehoods the attention it deserves. The media can do two things at once. But other than clearing the way for President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton, the media is desperately circling the wagons to downplay a legitimate scandal that could take down a rising Democrat star.
For two days now, NBC’s Chuck Todd has failed to mention the scandal even once during his hour-long MSNBC political show “The Daily Rundown.” Todd’s reasoning for passing on this unbelievably juicy story just isn’t convincing…
Chuck Ross writes: Intriguing new details reported by The Dallas Morning News show that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and liberal hero Wendy Davis has consistently twisted the truth about her own life story.
Davis, a state senator, became famous nationwide after she blocked a bill seeking to place limitations on abortion with an 11-hour filibuster featuring her tale of perseverance and against-all-odds grit.
According to the Davis legend – as exemplified by Davis in her campaign video “A Texas Story” – the state senator was married, had a child, and divorced all by the time she was 19.
She lived in a trailer and worked to raise her daughter and make her way through college, eventually landing in the hallowed halls of Harvard. From there, Davis – born Wendy Russell – became an attorney, a Fort Worth city councilwoman, and a state senator known for confronting the “old-boys network” of Texas state politics.
Conservatives target a rising Democratic star in Texas.
Betsy Woodruff reports: Two prominent Texas Democrats are waiting in the wings of their state’s party. Julian and Joaquín Castro, identical twins from San Antonio, had starring roles at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (back in the Dark Ages before Wendy Davis was a household name). Julian is the mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquín is a congressman whose district includes about half the city. At 39, the twins are rising Democratic stars. But one of them might not be for long.
If San Antonio grassroots conservative activists have their way, Julian Castro’s career in politics could be cut abruptly short. Organizers of an effort to recall the mayor say their push is picking up steam, and tell National Review that they’re confident they have a shot at voting the mayor out of office. They’re targeting him because of the passage of an anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance that conservatives worry will hamstring freedom of speech and religion. (Katrina Trinko laid out concerns about the ordinance here.)
“In Texas, you hear a great deal of cocky talk from Sanctimonious White Ladies about the inevitable demographic changes that will someday soon…”
Fort Worth, Texas — Kevin Williamson writes: If you are looking for the end of the line for the Sanctimonious White Lady party, you might very well find it here in Dallas’s slightly less pretentious sister city, where the bleached blondeness and sequined daywear of the Big D lose just a little of their sparkle as you approach the ancient stockyards and the suburban Haltom coliseum, and where state senator and newly announced gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who became a national liberal cause célèbre after staging a filibuster in favor of gruesome late-term abortions, and whose candidacy was immediately endorsed and its coffers topped up by A-list abortion organizations, is studiously not talking about abortion — she doesn’t even say the word, in fact — instead giving voice to what may very well be the last barbaric yawp of her dwindling tribe. In Texas, you hear a great deal of cocky talk from Sanctimonious White Ladies about the inevitable demographic changes that will someday soon — and maybe this time! — turn the Lone Star State into a Colorado, if not a California. Democrats have not won a statewide office in Texas since François Mitterrand’s career was a going concern and Netscape Navigator was in beta, but they are convinced of the inevitability of their ascendance.
And it may yet come to pass. But don’t bet on Wendy Davis’s faction’s being around to see it.
Besty Woodruff writes: Welp, it’s official. As of 5:20 p.m. Texas time on October 3, Wendy Davis, the state senator who became a national pro-choice icon for filibustering legislation that restricted abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, has thrown her hat into the gubernatorial ring. Not much of a surprise; Democrats started telling reporters a week ago, and her campaign website went live for a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, giving intrepid Twitterers just enough time to take a screenshot of her promise to “continue to fight for all Texans as governor.” Also on view was her Wendy Davis Store, which will apparently hawk $15 yard signs.
Davis announced her intentions to enter the governor’s race to a crowd in Haltom City, on the stage where she received her high-school diploma. “All of you deserve to have your voices heard, because our future is brightest when it’s lit by everyone’s star,” she told the boisterous group in a speech that made no mention of abortion or women’s health.
Here’s what most observers, as far as I can tell, think Wendy Davis’s future looks like: She cruises to a win in the Democratic primary; she does a bunch of cable-news hits and draws record levels of national attention, even for Texas; and she loses squarely to Attorney General Greg Abbott. Read the rest of this entry »
Sen. Ted Cruz has been speaking on the Senate floor for almost 19 hours, as of this post. The talk is not technically a filibuster — he can’t actually block the Senate from going about its business — but symbolically, it’s more or less the same thing. The point is to show one’s opposition to something through a demonstration of physical will.
Which is why you can forgive conservatives for being upset with the mainstream media’s coverage of the Cruz affair. When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion restrictions, she is elevated to hero status, her tennis shoes become totems. When Cruz grandstands against Obamacare, he is a laughingstock in the eyes of many journalists on Twitter, an “embarrassment” in the eyes of The New York Times editorial board.
“Gee I wonder why NYT and WaPo and everyone else gave ecstatic coverage to Wendy Davis but not to Ted Cruz. I just can’t make sense of it!” John Podhoretz, the conservative columnist, tweeted on Wednesday morning. Read the rest of this entry »