Following her amazing filibuster in opposition to highly restrictive anti-abortion laws that Texas Republicans were trying to pass, Wendy Davis became a pretty big superstar for Democrats – and especially for women’s rights. She became such a big name that she instantly became the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee for governor against Greg Abbott in 2014.
You know, this guy.
Sadly, in what I think was one of the worst mismanagements of momentum I’ve ever witnessed, she failed to even perform all that competitively against Abbott. While she always stood an uphill climb to beat a Republican in very “red” Texas, I always believed she could have been the person to prove that a Democrat can be competitive in the state. I felt that was important because many Democrats here (and in other “red states”) often don’t vote because they don’t see a point. This is a bit ridiculous considering, while still outnumbered, Democrats could win more elections in many “red states” (not just Texas) if liberals just organized better and voted in larger numbers.
But Davis still has the chance, if she wants to, to become a fairly key figure for Democrats in Texas moving forward. At only 52, she still has plenty of time to make a difference in this state and country if she so chooses.
I could be wrong, but she has that “it” factor that I think can help her make a difference.
And I came across a perfect example of this in a hilarious op-ed Davis wrote for The Guardian where she offered “advice” to Sen. Ted Cruz after he suspended his presidential campaign. And by “advice” I mean she mocked him relentlessly.
Here are a few excerpts:
Consider a hobby, but choose carefully
Not cards. Maybe you’ll be invited to play cards with some of the boys. But I would caution you that now is not the right time. Donald Trump “played the woman card” before you, and it isn’t turning out so well for him. And he’s already doing better than you are.
Enjoy time with your friends
Following my loss, I found solace and comfort with my daughters and friends. I know Heidi and the kids can’t wait to have you home. Don’t fret – Heidi will get over that elbow to her face after your campaign suspension speech the other night.
Get back to work
Your work friends are the perfect segue into my last bit of advice: embrace your job and work hard upon your return. I am sure that, like me, you embrace the calling to public service. While I had to resign from the Texas State Senate to run for governor, you didn’t have to leave the US Senate to run for president.
The snark, the wit – I love it! Like I said, she has that “it” factor that could help her become a big difference maker for Democrats if that’s what she wants to do going forward in her career. Though after what she endured running for governor, I could see why she might avoid politics in the future.
It’s not a very long piece, so I would encourage everyone to follow this link and check it out. It really is one of the better things I’ve read in quite a while. Not only was it incredibly funny, but the fact she was mocking Ted Cruz – someone I loathe more than probably anyone else – just made it that much better.
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