A Dallas Morning News Columnist Explains the "'Yuck' Factor" of Wendy Davis Bio

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Jim Mitchell is a voice of moderation on The Dallas Morning News' editorial board, generally sticking to the middle ground and getting major points for not being Tod Robberson.

True to form, the argument he lays out today on the DMN's opinion blog, that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' aggressively defensive response to her flubbed campaign biography is unwise, is perfectly reasonable.

We're wondering, then, what would compel Mitchell to insert these two paragraphs:

Whenever a mother leaves young children to purse an education, a career or a fling, the rest of us feel a level of discomfort. She's not a deadbeat mom as we would describe guys who check out, but this part of her bio has a "yuck" factor. It strikes at cultural norms of what a parent -- especially a mom -- should be.

In the 1930s, men and women left behind families to find work elsewhere -- an act that could be noble, desperate or despicable depending on the circumstances and intentions. The problem with Davis' real story is that it lacks the Depression hardship backdrop that would help "legitimize" her actions.

Wendy Davis didn't abandon her kids. Her husband took care of the kids while she attended Harvard law and was awarded custody when they divorced. Meanwhile, she went on to pursue a successful legal and political career.

A tough situation for a politician to explain away -- and that's the point Mitchell is making -- but surely there's a better, less inflammatory word than "yuck."

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barrbo
barrbo

Still more import what she believes.  The people that love her say it is nit picking. Of course she over stated her back ground to make her sound heroic.  Most people running for office do that! Doesn't make it right.  She "really" didn't know who paid her tuition? Harvard?  About...50,000--60,000 a year.  Her problem is she got caught and then started blaming Republicans.  She should have owned her mistake and moved on.  Most of the the response on this line want to blame other people and talk about other people faults

barrbo
barrbo

Why bash people running for office private life?  Just view what their platform contains.  Wendy is big on late term abortions if I'm not mistaken.  Well roe vs was pasted we did not know all we do know about when life starts (old enough to have been there).  Now we know that late term abortion is murder.  I know people will scream it's not. Do the research.  Women rights do not include murder.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Has anyone else noticed how sexually frustrated the leftists are in this thread?  Hell, they've got a worse case of blue balls than Ruddski, and he's trolling.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

Every day the criminals that live in Austin and Washington DC and everywhere else do things that would make Caligula blush.  And yall are worried about some child abandonment?  Cheney has a lesbo and a carpetbagger for offspring doesn't he?  Palin decided to go Nailin at age 40 and had a down kid right and her other kid popped one out at 16?  Not a Wendy Davis supporter, Ill continue to write in the Devil for all elections cuz atleast he is accountable to someone other than CEOs.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Ted Cruz rarely spends any time with his 2 and 5 year-olds.  But you'll never hear him demonized in the vicious way Wendy is.  Double standard.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

It's fine for a man to have his wife support him and care for the kids while attending to his career but not the other way around?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

And this is a story, because ... anyone?, anyone?, Buehler?, anyone? ...

This story sounds just the same as any background story about any modern day politician.  In my opinion, politicians are not very nice people.  These are people who are solely interested in the acquisition, development and exercise of power.  They do not have to appeal to the majority of the citizenry to do so.  They only have to appeal to the majority of the citizenry that will show up at the polls and cast a vote for them.


I further believe that there really isn't a fig's leaf worth of difference between the various different political parties and their members.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Marriage and the kids are not a pair of shoes to try on and kick off when they pinch. They represent, as quaint is it sounds, a real, permanent commitment one enters into voluntarily.

So I'm uneasy when ANY parent walks away from the family. Any, here, meaning dad OR mom. And it includes burying oneself in work, running away with that cutie from the office or going off to otherwise follow one's bliss.

There are the obvious exceptions, such as military service and other exigencies. And there are the not-so-obvious exceptions, usually known only to the families involved. But overall, children and a spouse are not disposable or recyclable.

That said, it's really nobody else's business but the family involved. Not voters. Not potential political opponents. And not nattering pundits. 

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

"flubbed"

Hey "progressive" libtard propagandist blogger, you misspelled the word 'false'.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

I am a little surprised that they started so soon and with such a lame story.  But it should be a warning shot for Davis and her supporters that they will have to expound just as much energy fighting Swift Boating style shit as they will in presenting why she should be the next Governor.  


We know that every major publication is going to kiss the ass of the man who can shoot a Deer from a wheel chair...even though the Deer was held and being fed and was about 6 feet from Abbot when he shot that fucker making his penis especially erect.   Do we really need to know more.  Doesn't that qualify him.   That and the fact that Robert Jeffress gives him his blessings.  



dsmithy3211
dsmithy3211

@barrbo Nit pick alert: tuition at Harvard in the early 90s was something on the order of $15k/year, sans scholarships.

russp
russp

@barrbo 

Because she's using the (somewhat fictional) story of her life as part of her campaign so she is the one who has opened the door to criticizing it. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@everlastingphelps I haven't noticed that.  What I have noticed is your obsessive bashing of Wendy and women, which would lead one to conclude that you hate women.  Anyone else notice that?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz "Ted Cruz rarely spends any time with his 2 and 5 year-olds."

And you know this because.....

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Because she has absolutely nothing else to run on in a state-wide election.  Her qualifications are:


Vagina

Abortion

Self-made


The last one is now exposed as a lie, so all she's left with is "I have a vagina and love abortion."

DeLaNate
DeLaNate

@holmantx Whoa! You mean that some people who work for political campaigns and supporters say stupid and offending stuff and often ignore rules?!?!?!? This is new to me, so I'm really glad you posted this video.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@bvckvs  

Oddly enough, Candice Bergen, "Murphy Brown," herself, thought Quayle in the right:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,624379,00.html

===

Bergen, now 56 (and a lifelong liberal, despite having a staunchly conservative father, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen), declared: "I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless. But his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did." 

===

A little more detail:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/20-years-later-it-turns-out-dan-quayle-was-right-about-murphy-brown-and-unmarried-moms/2012/05/25/gJQAsNCJqU_story.html?hpid=z2

 

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@bmarvel Many judges in the state of Texas would disagree with you.  As deadbeat dads are allowed to work PT jobs and not provide insurance to their children, thusly bloating the food stamp and medicaid rolls even further.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel 

Well, I just don't believe that "nobody else's business" trope is true. The minute you throw your hat into the political ring, your private life is up for grabs. (not that I necessarily think that that is a good thing) Moreover, I would bet that more people cast their votes based on emotional factors that resonate with them personally rather than political considerations. To clarify that statement - I mean that these stories won't change who a person is likely to vote for, but it just might get a few new voters motivated, and conversely, the countervailing storyline may inspire a few oppositional votes. 

JFPO
JFPO

The wing-nuts sure are pissing their pants over someone that has "no chance to win."

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@everlastingphelps Yes, just because a person supports the right for a woman to make her own choices, this logically must mean they "love" abortion.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@DeLaNate @holmantx 

Spoken like a TEA Partier.

Let's just not sick the IRS on the partisans for political purposes.  Agreed?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@paulpsycho78@bmarvelA deadbeat dad who has been through the court system is one thing, psychopaul. Ordinary people living their ordinary messed-up lives is another.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk@bmarvelI used to think that a politico's entire life -- public, private, secret -- ought to be open and on the table. That was when I was young and didn't know any better. 

It's now clear to me that nobody -- not even saints -- lead lives that could withstand that kind of scrutiny. Not me, Hulk, and not you, and not anybody that we might vote for.  Looking back at history, some of the messiest and meanest private lives were those of very effective leaders and pubic servants.

In this age of near-universal surveillance and scrutiny, we think we are entitled to know everything about everyone -- political candidates, celebrities, our customers, neighbors. When "everything is on the table," Hulk, we no longer recognize what's off the table. We get bogged down in trivia and gossip and are no longer able to judge who would make a good president or even a useful school board member. We get public spectacles like Jimmy Carter confessing adultery in his heart --to Playboy magazine, no less.

We fret over whether Wendy Davis was 19 or 21, and what she might have done when she was away at Harvard and how her children might have felt about it. And whether Sarah Palin's baby was really hers.


 

 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

but by now you should be used to having women hate you Ruddski....

a rarity only in Sarasota, where the average female wal mart shopper is around 75 years old.....I've been to the one on Tamiami, I speak from experience.

ruddski
ruddski

Lesbian feministas, Mav. Man-haters.

If you see an attractive woman at walmart, photograph her - such is the rarity.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

huh? I disagree as there are many lesbians who are attractive with bodacious bosoms. just cuz they won't have anything to do with men doesn't equate to their not being attractive.

and with wal mart shoppers, you're saying that 2/3 of all american women aren't attractive...a bit harsh wouldn't you say?

ruddski
ruddski

Attractive women with nice tits are people. The rest are Walmart shoppers and lesbian feministas.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@everlastingphelps@bmarvel@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaulI'd be gratified, phelps, if you would point to a political campaign that wasn't empty and explain what, in your opinion, gave it its fulness.

Just to be clear, I don't buy Wendy Davis' narrative, either. All political narratives -- all-- are constructed to garner votes. I'm less interested in her narrative than in what she is likely to do or not do if elected.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulkThere comes a point, Hulk, when the "not the way it should but the way it is" argument  becomes an argument for the way it is.


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@bmarvel @TheCredibleHulk 

I think you misunderstand me. I'm not saying that I think that that is the way it should be - I'm saying that, like it or not, that is the way that it is.

And please, you can cut the condescending "when I was young and didn't know any better" crap. We all know you used to wear an onion on your belt.

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