There’s more at work here, though. Her version of her story has an ideological charge. So much of her allure for her feminist political base is her status as a go-it-alone single mom. That she benefited from the stability and resources of marriage can’t be allowed to muddy the picture.
The Today Show interview mentioned her second marriage, but slightingly: “[Wendy] Davis married again for a time.” For a time? She was married to Jeff Davis for 18 years!
One of the best things that happened to her, obviously, is that she got married to someone in a position to help her. But Davis and her hagiographers in the media want to make her out more as Julia, the Obama campaign-generated cartoon dependent on government for help, than as a real person who relied on the most basic institution of civil society: family.
Back before she was a feminist in battle to preserve late-term abortion, Davis was more forthright about the contribution of Jeff Davis. “He gave to me my adolescence. He gave me the opportunity to be a university student,” she told a Texas newspaper in 1996.
To suggest that Abbott is unfamiliar with struggle is offensively stupid. When Abbott was a law student in his 20s, he was out jogging when a tree fell on him, shattering his spine. He spent months recovering in the hospital and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.
Davis nonetheless ended an anti-Abbott statement the other day with this flourish, “I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”
Davis should fire herself from her own campaign if that line didn’t strike her as, at the very least, inapposite given her opponent’s disability.
Her supporters have risen to her defense, on the novel theory that it is sexist to demand that a newly minted feminist icon avoid misleading people. For them, all that really matters is her abortion extremism. Everything else is a detail, including the story of her life.
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