Wendy Davis is "Using Her Kids" Now, Fox News Says

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If there was ever any doubt that the debate over the fudged details in Wendy Davis' bio had completely jumped the shark, confirmation came this week in the form of unsolicited parenting advice the Democratic gubernatorial candidate was offered by Bristol Palin.

Yet the story continues, feeding on itself in a seemingly inexhaustible cycle of misogyny and righteous indignation.

On Tuesday, it was Davis who gave the story a couple days' more fuel, countering the right's claim that she abandoned her two daughters (they lived with their father post-divorce, and Davis was required to pay child support) with heartfelt testimonials from each.

Dru Davis, now 25, called the charges of abandonment "malicious and false" and recounts a mom who led her Brownie troop, volunteered as the field hockey team mom during high school, and never missed a school performance or parent-teacher conference.

Amber Davis, 31, spoke to the fundamental truth of Davis's story. "Yes, we lived in a trailer," she writes, adding, "I know I was my mother's first priority and that she wanted a better life for me than the one she was living. She worked 2 jobs and went to community college at night. She refused to repeat the life her family struggled in growing up."

Both letters are below, courtesy of The Dallas Morning News.

It's only natural that Davis' daughters, the subject of so much moralizing and finger-wagging, would feel the need to speak out, and that the campaign would provide them a forum. Also natural (or at least predictable) is the right's response, summed up neatly in this Fox News headline:

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There's a grain of truth in that. Davis is "using" her daughters in her quest for the governor's mansion. But she's only doing so because detractors were using her daughters to attack her character. Besides, both are grown women now, more than capable of expressing an opinion without their mom pulling their puppet strings.

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logicstands
logicstands

Her daughters should be grateful they got to see the light of day. 

Catbird
Catbird

The thing about Davis and her campaign is that she doesn't really seem to own or control the political mechanism behind her, it's more like the machine owns her.


She seems smart, made it through TCU and Harvard Law which is an indication she's no dummy. It would have been interesting to see her run in the Republican primary as a pro-life and pro-second amendment women...the life that seems to be authentic. ie: she didn't abort her daughters and is a gun owner.   


But this "Turn Texas Blue" Obama campaign machine that has latched onto her has twisted her all out of shape and tried to recast her as a PC victim of the Republican "War Against Women" and its clear now that this isn't even close to the truth.


Her former husband, the man who gave her his name, which she decided to keep by-the-way, seems to have genuinely loved her and probably still does...seems her kids still do. The whole thing seems sad to me.


We'll support Abbott. We've known the man for 30 years and he's the real deal, he'll keep Texas strong and free.


But we also have hope for Davis; that she can somehow shake free of the carpetbagger opportunists who have her trapped and come home to Texas...we believe that there will be a place for her here. 


DeathBreath
DeathBreath

I can surely see why pro-life Pastards want to save the little children.  But, shouldn't they share with other congregants?  I suppose there are many more to molest.  You can't be too greedy, can you?

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Oh, we can't have any SOB in sight of the children or they will start asking questions.  "Mommy, what is a butt plug? I saw one being advertised in the window of that store with the covered windows.  No, I watched when the door was open.  I recognized Pastard McDonald looking about at the pretty toys.  Why can't I go inside?"  "Daughter Judy, Jesus told us not to touch our private parts because we will go straight to hell if we do.  Mommy, why does Pastard McDonald touch me down there when I pray?  He said it is God's will and that I will go to Hell if I tell anyone." 

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

So fucking what?  Almost every time some adult activity is being considered like the legalization of cannabis in Colorado or Washington, many Evangelicals & Goody Two Shoes will invariably pull out the "what about the children" National Party Line.  

ruddski
ruddski

And now Kevin Williamson of NRO is on her case for the fake Texas accent. The War on Women With Impressive Breasts just never stops!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Pot, meet kettle     Blah Blah Blah

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Who was that camdidate who posed with his daughter, a rifle, and some animal she shot? And then there was the vice-presidential candidate who appeared on platforms with her daughter and baby in tow? Perhaps Fox will be so good as remind us.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Hey libtard propaganda blogger, quit apologizing for this liar already.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Catbird 
Very well put about an apparent machine capture, evidenced again recently when the Travis County Dem Party barred all news media but the Dem-friendly Tx Tribune from a Davis appearance, and then the Davis campaign apparently found it necessary to apologize to the barred media.


And Abbott is an opportunistic, self-serving, fringe-pandering, counter-productive* caricature of a self-perpetuating politician.

*"As Tx AG, I wake up, I go to work, I sue the federal gov't, I go home." -- on the citizens' dime and the citizens' time.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ruddski At first I thought this was just very insider baseball, but I persisted all the way through the thread, and learned that's a bad situation.

(1) I didn't know the Tx Tribune is soliciting money because they're non-profit, soliciting along with their reporting. As the unnamed TV news director pointed out, the Tribune is not allowed to be in competition with regular news sources, but I guess you could say their sole-source invitation to cover the event wasn't competitive at all. Heh.

(2) PJMedia's headline is misleading, as it was the Travis County Dem Party who started the press war with obliviously blatant favoritism. I immediately thought of insider trading in the corporate world, rewarding the loyal insiders while screwing everybody else.

(3) Henhouse b*s have circled the wagons and have their claws out! (crossing metaphorical lines)

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

 David Rauf is the Austin bureau reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. Those newspapers serve Texas’ largest and second-largest cities. They are big dogs among the Texas press.

there goes Bryan Preston's credibility out the door...erroneous doesn't go quite far enough. DFW is the largest pop. The Chron is no. 2 and the Express-News is no. 5 in circulation.

really, it was a mistake by Jan Soifer, and as stated in the story the Davis media team apologized for her mistake. Rauf got his apology, so why is he still whinning?

and who is at "war" except for Rauf? and of course Preston....

MisterMean
MisterMean

@cajunscouse9you should stop watching Fox and worshiping at the alter of the right.  She out raised that cripple (from the neck up) Abbott.  

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiWhat the hell is the National Reconnaissance Office doing mucking around in regional accents, anyway? Is this part of the vast new government surveillance effort?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

Williamson has spent too much time away from Texas. He says that the use of the word "gal" is not done here.

What? he needs to spend a few days back home, he's wrong.

of course, it really just speaks to how the right deals with a woman who they disagree with. don't talk about the issues she brings up, just belittle her.

I wonder what Williamson would pontificate about the use of the word "Hon"? would he say "Real people don't talk like that"? no, not where yoy live Kevin, but  just like "Gal" that would be a yeswe do here in Texas....

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

Williamson has spent too much time away from Texas. He says that the use of the word "gal" is not done here.

What? he needs to spend a few days back home, he's wrong.

of course, it really just speaks to how the right deals with a woman who they disagree with. don't talk about the issues she brings up, just belittle her.

I wonder what Williamson would pontificate about the use of the word "Hon"? would he again say "Real people don't talk like that"? no, not where yoy live Kevin, but just like "Gal" that would be a yes here in Texas....

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiWhat in the world is a "fake Texas accent?"

dingo
dingo

@ruddski  

He is one of those misogynists that interpreted Wendy's willfully misleading statements about her personal life as willfully misleading statements about her personal life.

ruddski
ruddski

Speaking of the war on women

Cough... Rep. Carlos Henriquez... Cough. Your kinda ass-kicker, Sandy?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvelAnd the presidential candidates (likely all of them since the advent of televised campaigning) who appeared with their wives, families, dogs, cats, etc on TV, in magazines, in newspapers?  They're not accusing Davis of displaying her kids, they're accusing her of lying about the nature of her parent-child relationship.  Minor league, to be certain, but the Republicans can't really afford to start losing influence in TX, so they're going to grab at any straw they can get hold of.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@libtard_apologist

you're mistaken libtard_apologist, nobody here has apologized for you being a liar.

BagsMontana
BagsMontana

@dregstudios1 In all fairness, can't the same be said about CNN and the opposite side of the spectrum?

I'll answer that for you; yes it can.

It's a broken politcal system where the only winner is the politicians themselves. 

ruddski
ruddski

I didn't read my link, I don't vote in Texas.

That said, I would vote for her because I believe in two-party system, i don't think Perry needs the stage anymore, I don't think she'll accomplish squat at best, and of course, she's hot.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@mavdog @ruddski

San Antonio passed Dallas in population a few years ago.
(http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/2011/02/census-bureau-says-san-antonio-now.html) I take your point about actual news rankings, and I'll have to re-read the PJ thing, but I think that writer ranked cities, not news sources.

And it seems the Travis County Dem Party, not the Davis campagin, has declared war by declaring the bar to other news orgs. That was indeed murky and an erroneous headline, as Davis' people apparently apologized to the other media.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

@ruddskiYes, you are.  Thank your for agreeing with me.  You are so very kind.

ruddski
ruddski

Sanders, have you heard of Andrew Hacker and what backwater he's from?

And your interpretation of what Texas has done in regards to **Algebra II** is about as accurate as the rest if your contributions here.

Any wild guesses why Texas wants to eliminate one big roadblock to graduation? I'll give you a hint: las mathematicas son dificiles! We know it was damn hard for you, amigo.

ruddski
ruddski

They're watching this blog in particular.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@mavdogMy Texas grandmother (Forth Worth) used "gal" freely. Linguists spend years recording and documenting this stuff. My guess is Williamson is not a linguist.

ruddski
ruddski

@bmarvel

A fake accent is one that is inauthentic.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1@bmarvelGolden -- You don't have to be Republican to grasp at straw issues. All you have to be is a politician.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

@ruddskiI've reviewed several of your posts here.  You speak of "conscious & subconscious" as if you have a background in mental health.  Or, there is a possibility you might be off your anti-manic medication judging from the number of posts.  Is your speech accelerated & pressured as well?  Also, you speak of people watching the posts here?  Do you believe people are out to get you or watching what you do?  I'm just "having a laugh" with you.  Please, don't personalize this.  I've been sarcastic enough in my responses to this story.  I don't believe Slate got the story right.  I think you could find a better source of information such as www.factcheck.org since it is backed by a university.  

Actually, this might prove to be a daunting task given the current state of journalism, blended with News Entertainment.  This article mentioned Pat Robertson being opposed to cannabis legalization; however, here is something that made me sit up & notice:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQi7A5MW2kQ

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@ruddski Finally, a topic I know a bit about.  Linguistics.  Yes, someone not originally from TX can pick up a TX accent, or any accent really.  Some acquire local accents easier and more seamlessly than others.  Myself, for instance.  I was raised in NW Colorado, where English is spoken with nary an accent, or even much inflection.  Subsequently I lived in MD, where I was able to pick up the 'Ballmer' accent (another misnomer, as Baltimore is home to at least 4 distinct accents) and a pretty good Eastern Shore accent.  The move to NC brought about a softening of my accent. ( I regret that I could never master the Gullah accent, but their history is fascinating).  My next station was Central Texas, which as is noted above, cultivates something in between a twang and a drawl, with some sharpness lent by No. European influences.  To my family and friends back home, I sound like I was born and raised in "Texas" or "the South".  People from TX can pick out of my accent my 'foreign-ness', although they're not quite able to pick out where I'm from.

Williamson should have found another avenue of attack if he wants to seriously go after Davis.  His going after her accent exposes his writing for what it is; political tripe.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski Not authentic Texan, ruddski. Authentic Colordoan, son, grandson, and great grandson of Texans. I claim dual citzienship.

ruddski
ruddski

"iI notice that you've cloaked your profile on this forum from public view, ruddski."

I'm lucky this crap lets me post, I have no idea what my profile does or does not do, but I know It hasn't let me change my email, ever.

"I can easily understand why someone hiding his lack of serious thought...behind japery... ashamed to leave an electronic trail."

I'm being called stupid, but rather than say it like an authentic Texan, you're trying to sound refined.

You smart guys gotta learn to lighten up, even if only a couple days a week.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiI notice that you've cloaked your profile on this forum from public view, ruddski. 

I can easily understand why someone hiding his lack of serious thought behind japery about a candidate's breast size and snarkery about her accent and her fitness as a mother might be ashamed to leave an electronic trail.

Still, presumably there are reasons to vote against Wendy Davis, or at least for her opponent. One would never hear them from you or anyone else on this forum, so far as I've seen so far. Is this what Republican politics has degenerated to? At least I know what the other side likes about her. Is the right unable to hold up its end of the debate? Or, as your comments here suggest, are you running on empty?      

ruddski
ruddski

"@So in your opinion anyone who uses the word "gal" is a hick?"

Or affecting a hickonism, its not common in any business or social I did in Texas.

However, Fixn' to is quite common.

My plates in VT were FXN2, an inside joke.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiSo in your opinion anyone who uses the word "gal" is a hick? 

And that lawyers speak in some exalted, non-regional American dialect because, well, they ARE lawyers?

And level of education necessarily involves adoption of some elevated but mythical standard dialect?

And whether or not Wendy's dialect is "authentic" is of political relevance?

I have problems with Wendy Davis as a candidate, ruddski. Her accent ain't one of them. 

 


ruddski
ruddski

Yeah, he seemed to be speaking from personal experience.

What y'all are telling me is that even Texas immigrants start talking like hicks after a while, even Harvard lawyers.

None of the native Texan lawyers I knew would ever use hick language, maybe Williamson grew up with educated people.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiI can do about five or six different southern accents at least.."

It's not your mimicry we're disputing, ruddski. It's your ear.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski" they used "woman" when referring to a women in regular conversation."

Not working-class, then, I gather.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiAs mavdog accurately noted, ruddski, there are many Texas regions,each with its own regional accent. It would take a flat-foot outsider -- say, someone from Vermont, or somewhere like that -- to have so dead an ear as to be unable to distinguish a West Texan from an East Texan from someone from the Gulf Coast. 

As I said, my Fort Worth grandmother used "gal" all the time. She wasn't a lawyer, who according to you speak their own peculiar High Texan. But she was reasonably educated -- the forerunner of TWU -- and she put on no airs.  

ruddski
ruddski

I only lived in TX about 25 years, but I'm a southerner corn and bread, I can do about five or six different southern accents at least, more if I get likkered. I do Brit too.

in my extended family, all Texans, I never once heard "gal" - they used "woman" when referring to a women in regular conversation. When referring to a girl such as a niece, they would say "girl".

I think they, like many souherners, consider "gal" hick talk.

ruddski
ruddski

"What is an "authentic accent"

I guess it's one that is spoken by someone with origins in the region it comes from, as opposed to one that is either affected by someone consciously or subconsciously.

You'll note he picked on Bush as well. As I recall, one one the complaints from his detractors was his "fake accent".

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

if you have any knowledge of the great State of Texas you would know that there's a wide variance in the accents of its citizens.

Those from the far West Texas area have s slow manner with a mild twang; East Texas has a more southern influence, North Texas has little of either as it is mainly folks who moved from elsewhere. Then there is Central Texas which has a harder sound as it has a history of European settler inlfuence with German and Czech, then there is the Gulf Coast that includes both the Hispanic and Cajun influences, last there is the South Texas heavily Spanish influenced sound.

but then you don't live here, how would you know, and clearly neither does Williamson...

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddskiLeaving the question, What is an "authentic" accent?

She moved here at the age of 11. That's probably long enough to have picked up a Texas accent. An accent is difficult to fake over long periods of time. The trick would be to catch her slipping back into the Eastern New England accent she presumably learned in childhood.

Unless someone has done this, I think "acquired Texas accent" is the more honest description. 

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