As most people familiar with me know, I live in Texas and I’ve lived here all my life. It shocks some to think that someone with my political beliefs was born and raised in Texas. Believe it or not, there are millions of liberals in Texas. Gerrymandering and an unfortunate Republican majority have just choked out our voice.
That being said, when Wendy Davis decided she was going to run for Governor of Texas, I knew it was going to get ugly.
Republicans will deny that they view women as secondary to men, much in the same way they deny that racism is frequently found within their party, but that doesn’t change the reality that their party clearly treats women as second-class citizens.
And I’m not even talking about the sexist pig Rush Limbaugh or the misogynists you frequently find on Fox News (though both are despicable), I’m talking about the politicians and how they run their campaigns against women.
Take for instance some the attacks Ms. Davis has had slung her way in these early stages of the campaign.
You know what the big story has been? Not her record, or what she’s running on, but minor details about her life from 20-30 years ago.
And by minor, I mean minor.
Such as her claim that she was 19 when she divorced her first husband, when she was actually 21. Oh, no! So she wasn’t officially divorced until she was 21, they were only separated when she was 19. I guess in her mind she felt when they were no longer together that was the end of the relationship. But then again, who cares? Do those two years make her accomplishments less impressive?
Or how long she actually lived in a trailer – really? Again, what does it matter?
And the big one they’ve focused on – how she paid for law school. Apparently some of her law school was paid for by her second husband – who she divorced. Oh, and that apparently she left her children with her second husband while she went away to finish her law degree. That apparently makes her a “bad mother” to some of these conservatives attacking her.
An accusation I can promise you that you would never hear used against a man if the situations were reversed.
So, I guess now we’re going to break down the intricacies of marriages? Someone like Rush Limbaugh is going to lecture Wendy Davis on marriage? What wife is he on now, number four?
Again, all of this happened over twenty years ago. Even those bashing her basically say her story is mostly true, they’re just trying to nitpick at the small details in a disgusting effort to slander her in any way possible – mainly because she’s a woman.
Something Texas Republican Becky Haskin, who served with Wendy Davis on the Fort Worth City Council, seems to believe is the driving force behind some of these attacks.
“If this involved a man running for office, none of this would ever come up. It’s so sad. Every time I ran, somebody said I needed to be home with my kids. Nobody ever talks about men being responsible parents.”
And don’t give me the whole, “Well liberals slammed Bush for his record in the National Guard” nonsense. The two aren’t even remotely related. There’s a huge difference between extremely suspect military records and someone potentially exaggerating how long they lived in a trailer or when exactly their divorce was final.
It’s clear Republicans are trying to paint Wendy Davis as some psycho woman who’s lying about the adversity she’s had to overcome in her past. Which, unfortunately, will probably work.
Remember, Republicans don’t have to be right. Hell, they don’t even care about being factually accurate. They just need to muddy the waters so much that voters aren’t sure of what’s real and what’s not.
Republicans know their voters don’t really care about facts, they just want to be told what they want to hear.
One thing is for certain, you can expect this race to get much uglier before it’s all said and done. Wendy Davis poses a viable threat to Greg Abbott, and she’s a woman, so trust me – they’re going to do everything they can to drag her name through the mud.