New York Times Discovers Wendy Davis Again, Goes Sort of Biblical

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Hey, sorry, I didn't want you to think I was falling down on the job with the "New York Times discovers Wendy Davis" story-story. Remember I did catch you up Friday.

See also: Wendy Davis Is Sort of a Laura Miller Candidate. So How Did that Work Out?

I reminded you The New York Times had discovered the Texas Democratic Party's Great Blonde Hope on August 10 in a big piece called "Democrats look to Wendy Davis as the charm." Then the Times discovered her again three days later in a big piece called "Democrats put hope in Texas star."

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Wendy Davis looks great even without Biblical enhancement.
Last Friday The New York Times discovered Wendy Davis again in a big piece called, "Democrats see value in Texas in candidacy for governor." And we talked about that already, right?

But the thing is, the very next day after we talked, on Saturday, The New York Times discovered Wendy Davis again in a big piece called "Spotlight on Wendy Davis, the Democrats' big hope," with a huge beautiful picture of her in the capitol rotunda thronged by people holding up their cell phone cameras as if in worship and a perfect halo of light shining just right on her face alone that really happened and was not Photoshopped at all.

I was awestruck. I am a Wendy Davis worshiper myself. Really. When she stood up in the Senate chamber and filibustered Lieutenant Governor David "Let My Family Go!" Dewhurst (what a dweeb), I was ecstatic. Oh, yeah, I am sorry, I forgot to mention, The New York Times discovered her then, too, in a big piece called, "In Texas, a senator's stand catches the spotlight." And, you know what, maybe the spotlight they're talking about is what caused that halo that was not Photoshopped.

I wanted to make sure you knew about the latest New York Times discovery Saturday, the day after the one I did tell you about on Friday. Also, would you do me a huge solid? Do you mind? Would you not read to the end of the one Saturday? And would you not mention the story Saturday to any Republicans? Normally we don't have to worry about Republicans reading The New York Times, but, you know how they are when they're on a mission. They might hold their noses.

You can read the top of the piece Saturday -- it's super-sweet -- and certainly you will want to see the halo picture that was not Photoshopped. But it might be better if you stopped right about there.

The first page of the story Saturday is all about how she's visiting her sick dad in the hospital even though he ditched her as a kid, and there's recap of her other struggles when she was young, in case we forgot those from the day before. It's ... uh, well ... it's the second page, way down at the bottom of the story where there might be problems.

I did not know -- did you? -- that when Ms. Davis was on the Fort Worth City Council she fought city unions to force them to eat cutbacks on their pensions. She also voted against tax relief for the elderly.

I know she is often described as a candidate who can bridge party lines. But some traditional Democrats might view stiffing pensioners and old people more like abandoning party lines, which brings up another issue. Did you know she voted in Republican primaries in 1996, 1998 and 2006? No, me neither.

OK, forget that. But I also did not know -- why would I? -- that she gets most of her money from the Fort Worth billionaire Bass family, like two hundred grand in two years from Sid Bass alone. Hey, nothing wrong with Sid Bass. He's a very civic-minded and philanthropic man. But, you know, two hundred large in two years from the Basses: That ain't populism, is it?

Did you know she that she's a law partner with Rick Perry's former chief of staff who is a registered lobbyist and that her law firm represents public entities including the North Texas Tollway Authority? Oh, you did? Cool. No prob, eh?

And why would I not want Republicans to know all that stuff? Oh, no, no, that's not the part I think we need to keep away from the Republicans. That's the stuff I didn't want to know myself. The part I don't want the Republicans to notice is that in her second divorce, she did not receive custody of her children. Her ex-husband did.

I believe that is strictly her business, and it does not affect my opinion of her one bit, but I do think those damned Republicans will find a way to make some hay with it if she runs for governor. So, let's keep that one under our caps, OK?

Note to The New York Times: This is Texas, and we do have a certain worldview and culture and all like that, and we do go along with a lot of stuff, especially if it's Biblical, but for right now I would strongly, strongly advise against any un-Photoshopped pictures of Wendy Davis walking on water or descending from on high on a beam of light. Just not yet. See if you can make yourselves wait a couple weeks for those.


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D.H.
D.H.

 "The part I don't want the Republicans to notice is that in her second divorce, she did not receive custody of her children. Her ex-husband did."

What a sexist thing to say.  Why is it that Republican politicians can lose custody of their kids, if they even ask for custody, ditch their wives on their sick beds and yet, people will keep re-electing them, giving them money and telling them how wonderful they are as fathers because they see their kids every couple of weeks, if at all?  

I personally would not want to serve in office, while I had children at home, but the only way we will get women in politics is to ditch sexists notions that only women can raise their children. Here is decent article on women as breadwinners and how that will affect society, including politics, in the future. We can only hope.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2013/06/25/when-women-are-the-breadwinners-and-men-are-the-caregivers-how-will-innovation-change/

I don't know how old Wendy is but I am guessing she's about my age. Anyone born between 1975 and 1955 could probably be more described as an Independent.  Historically our generation are the swing voters. Because the 80's were lousy to us financially, when we came of age, we vote Democrat and Republican. We tend to be more pragmatic about the cost effects of things like allowing the elderly to claim property tax exemptions, that we really can't afford, as a city or a nation. Especially since people over the age of 60 own 70% of the mortgages in this country, according to the Census.  They have a lot more than we do.  And how will it be possible for the other 30% of us to cover everything? We can't!  Besides, what did the elderly ever do for our generation that we are not doing for the next generation? They will not retire and they are replacing themselves with people born after 1975, leaving our generation in a bind financially, yet again. Sadly, every generation has its casualties of war.  So why do the elderly feel so entitled?  Our generation knows, these incentives will not be there for us. The only difference is, our generation needs to be as politically proactive about taking care of business, as the elderly are. 

Those of us who don't belong to either party are not flip floppers, Mata Hari's or morally bankrupt. Just the opposite. We are financially realistic and socially moral in regards to equal rights for all people and assisting people who need help, but only if they really need help.  Sometimes, both parties are absolutely right and sometimes both parties, are absolutely wrong. 

Going forward, there will be few people our age, who are qualified to be good candidates, who actually voted a straight ticket, during their lifetime.  The two party system, as we know it, expired a long time ago.

rbeezlee
rbeezlee

You heard it here first: Be careful what you wish for; Wendy Davis will turn out to be for the Left what Palin did/is for the Right.  She ain't what you think she is; you will come to cringe each time she utters a thought aloud.  Having her ducks in a row beyond a very superficial level, when it comes to anything, is not her forte.  Don't say you haven't been warned.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Ok, I'll say it:  What kind of woman doesn't get custody of her children? 

Everything else is a big "so what?"...pushing back against too-large pensions in these economic times, I get it.  "Against tax relief for the elderly..."  too vague -- one of those things that could be in the wrong form at the wrong time, I get it.  Voting in GOP primaries...many Dems do.  Reasons have been explained, I get it/have done it.  Money from rich folk...shocker...yeah, I get it.  You can't accomplish anything if you're not elected.

But, she didn't get custody of her children?  her biological children?  did she try? 

So, way to go JimZe...I wouldn't want her as a friend.  I don't think I'd have anything in common with her personally.  I wonder what was wrong with her.  How bad a parent did she have to be to lose her kids? 

These are deal breakers, and I was ready to polish that halo for my candidate.

schermbeck
schermbeck

Wow. That's a revelation all right. Pols accept money from rich folks. Even Dems! And your alternative is who exactly? Ralph Yarborough? Sorry, we only have living, breathing folks to pick from, all imperfect in some way. And they need money to run and win in Texas. And guess what? The unions that funded Ralph's campaigns can't do that anymore because the Republicans made it impossible. Toxic tort lawyers have been put out of business as well. If your schtick is that Davis doesn't really represent the Democratic Party, or isn't a more liberal alternative to Greg Abbott, let's here it. Otherwise look at her voting record as a Senator and tell me she's not better for most less-than-wealthy Texans than anyone else currently running. Go ahead. Compare and contrast with the real people in the race, not your imaginary ones.

Americano
Americano

Isn't it about time for Wendy Davis to "release" a sex tape?

ruddski
ruddski

I must be special - I now get 365 minutes to edit my posts. Thanks!

Lance
Lance

Will the NYT be offering decals of Davis and her ample nacelles that we can afix to our Tomahawks when we send them to visit Syria as recommended by the NYT? Like Betty Grable, but for the Gen-Xers and Millenials.

ruddski
ruddski

Yeah, you can bet God, in Her infinite wisdom, delivered unto the fair-breasted one a Halo for her stance on the destruction of Her most impressive creation.

wcvemail
wcvemail

Although I don't know the slate in those years for her voting precinct, voting in the dominant party's primary is common in many areas of Texas. That is, if there are four candidates for JP, say, on one party's ticket and only a single Green/Pastafarian/Communist/Weird/gadfly on my preferred party's ticket, then heck yes, I'll cross party lines to cast a meaningful vote in my precinct that affects my life. Remember that in Texas, one must declare oneself in order to vote in one party's primary, so she apparently declared herself Repub. No prob for me.

A hundred large a year -- now that's not just buying influence, that's buying a politician. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

JimS, there is very little about Ms. Davis' relationships that come as a surprise to me.  Considering that Senate District 10 includes downtown FW, I am not surprised that she receives that kind of money from Sid Bass.  Nor am I surprised that she is a member of a law firm that represents the NTTA.

The main job of any politician is to get reelected.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Personal life is personal life and I agree - hands off, but her voting history and current and former "handouts" will become her demise......almost every politician including the "angelic" ones are in on it, that's why politicians will keep getting away with it and poor old stupid voters eat the left overs

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I hope the Democratic Party understands Wendy's value, and that she will be groomed to run for President after Hillary's two terms end in 2024.

ruddski
ruddski

If the NYT is endorsing her, they need to use the photo that best shows her assetts - the one that appeals to the brain-damaged.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Too late.  Davis is now the Establishment Media candidate, so we have to be endure the full court push from them.

ruddski
ruddski

They say if we bombarded the ME with copies of Hustler, the whole area would implode.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin 

It does melt cars. It melts Jaguars. Those are toy cars.

ruddski
ruddski

I get te feeling you've never driven one.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

1. Protection of evidence om sexual assaults

http://legiscan.com/TX/bill/SB1191/20132

2. Requiring State Comproller to perform a study, and release the results, on a tax incentive proposal for businesses

http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/pr13/p20130501b.pdf

3. Bill to facilitate voluntary donations from fees going toward veterans

http://www.davis.senate.state.tx.us/pr13/p20130404a.pdf

there's also the negotiation to restore funding for texas public schools that Davis was instrumental in getting done. There is also the Equal Pay bill that passed but was vetoed by perry.

that was easy....

ruddski
ruddski

In the 70's, I worked for a dealer who carried Jaguar and .GM. Drove top of the line XJ12's and top of the line El Dorados frequently. Guess which was awesome, and which was a pathetic, unreliable piece of shit.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@JimSX Ruddski, you're talking to hard-core Detroit. Jim never got the news that Ford bought Jaguar, much less the news that Jaguar and Land Rover are now Indian (Tata Motors.)  Just not gonna win that bar fight.

Oh, and Lucas Electronics (the Limey Delphi) finally didn't suck as bad, there toward the end of English ownership, so Brit cars didn't all suck as badly as they did for the whole 1950s-1970s. Jim doesn't care about that, either.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

I didn't know they were ever operable long enough to actually drive.

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