So incoherent is this fauxtrage that Jonathan Chait and Dave Weigel felt conscientiously obliged to defend Perry on it. I don’t think there’s any logic to the attacks per se; I think it’s a pure reflex reaction among Davis fans to paint her as a victim of a brutish pro-life conservative male pol, however hard they need to strain to make that happen. In victimhood lies Absolute Moral Authority, so let’s try to scrounge some up.
“No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives?” Perry asked at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas.
“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances,” he continued. “She was the daughter of as single woman; she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
Perfectly straightforward: Wendy Davis herself proves that motherhood is no bar to becoming a successful prominent person. Too bad she hasn’t used her own experience to make that point. The bit about not learning from her own example hasn’t sat well with the left, though, because it’s “without dignity” and “condescending” and — whatever. The point here, to paraphrase Joe Biden’s famous line about Rudy Giuliani, is simply to string together a noun, a verb, and “war on women” and club Perry with it.
They’re offended because it helps Davis and the cause of rallying support for abortion for them to be offended.
On Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry R was widely criticized after personally attacking State Sen. Wendy Davis D — who had staged a one-woman filibuster to beat back a sweeping anti-abortion bill this week — by saying that “she was a teenage mother herself” who unfortunately “hasn’t learned from her own example.
”Now, as the fallout from Perry’s comments continue, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus — a staunch Republican — is distancing himself from the governor.
“Disagreements over policy are important and they’re healthy, but when he crosses the line into the personal, then he damages himself and he damages the Republican Party,” Straus told Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root.
by Reeve Hamilton and Emily Ramshaw June 26, 2013 5 Comments State Sen. Wendy Davis is no stranger to making legislative headlines. But Tuesday night’s marathon abortion filibuster propelled the Fort Worth Democrat into the national spotlight.
By the time the Senate unsuccessfully forced the vote on some of the nation’s strictest abortion regulations, the 13 hours Davis had spent on her feet challenging the measure had gone viral. Full Story
Not only was it a big defeat of the tea party, but Texans will witness the making of a new femi-NAZI cultural icon. Her name is Wendy Davis.
Sen. Davis killed the pro-life bill in the Texas Senate with a marathon filibuster from the floor. After Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gaveled the senate adjourned last night, the pro-abortion forces conducted a giant victory celebration under the Texas Star in the Capitol rotunda.
Meanwhile, the world’s leftist media hailed Davis’ feat. She garnered front page images and ink on most of the world’s newspapers. Look for Sen. Davis to be paraded before the world’s media as a victorious warrior in the “War on Women”. Meanwhile, Texas babies will continue to die.
Tea party enemy Texas House Speaker Joe Straus effectively killed all the pro-life legislation in the regular session. Straus had been elected unanimously by the representatives with tea party approval even though it was well known that Straus was Pro-Choice.. But tea party forces persuaded Texas Gov. Rick Perry to put the abortion issue on the agenda for a special session along with consideration of U.S. Attorney Eric Holder’s re-work of the state’s voting boundaries.
The tea party made an enemy out of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and the movement never had enough votes to bring legislation to a vote on the Senate floor without Dewhurst’s approval.
This may spell a retreat and the end of the tea party movement. That will remain to be seen. Right now, the tea party seems very vulnerable.
In 2000, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader catapulted George W. Bush into the Oval Office by siphoning off 97,488 Florida votes that otherwise would have gone to Al Gore. As a result, Bush — heavily supported by evangelical Christians – won Florida and the Presidency by the slimmest of margins – 537 votes.
Back in 1992, H. Ross Perot gave the White House to Bill Clinton, drawing away enough discontented conservatives and Christians that George H.W. Bush lost and Clinton became President with only 43 percent of the popular vote. Almost a century before, Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party candidacy is credited with electing Woodrow Wilson.
The gender gap in the 2012 presidential election was the largest since Gallup began tracking the metric in 1952, according to data released by the polling firm on Friday.
President Obama won women by 12 percentage points, while Mitt Romney won men by 8. That’s a 20-point gender gap, edging out the 1984 election when Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in a landslide. Reagan won both men and women in that election, but carried men by 28 points and women by only 10 – a disparity of 18 points.