Wendy Davis declares she’s totally “pro-life” outside the womb
posted at 8:41 pm on November 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham
You see, she’s pro-life because she cares deeply about those humans who are spared in the womb. She cares so much that after she’s done fighting to increase the probability that every single one of them could die for no particular pressing reason up to and beyond 5 months in utero, she’s really excited about government programs to help them. Not that she herself is going to care for them, per se, but she’s very in favor of enacting social programs with little regard to how much they actually help, which is good enough for the proxy compassion badge that being a loyal liberal scout earns you. That’s how much she cares. Cradle to grave benefits provided they can make it to the cradle before the grave.
“I am pro-life,” Davis said during a campaign stop at the University of Texas at Brownsville, according to the Valley Morning Star.
“I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future,” Davis said. “I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”
It’s ludicrous, and maybe meant as a likely unsuccessful attempt to send the sneaky signal to conservative, low-info Democrats of Texas that she might indeed be “pro-life” despite the fact her national profile’s been made filibustering a bill that would limit abortions post 20 weeks. Hard sell since she’s on the opposite side of about 60 percent of Texans and most of Western Europe’s laws. It also reminds me of the creepy juxtaposition I’ve been treated to over the past couple of months thanks to a similarly brazen tack on this issue from Terry McAuliffe’s campaign and allies. Having just given birth to a tiny human, I often search baby-related items on the Internet. On those sites, I’m relentlessly served abortion ads by a candidate and a party who assume my first priority, while cuddling my new bundle of joy, is to preserve every possible opportunity to dispense with my next one before it completes its gestation period. Nothing like a McAuliffe abortion ad atop your breastfeeding app while you’re literally in the act of keeping a baby alive.
Emily Zanotti says of Davis’ “smug attempt to co-opt language,” “B**ch, please.” Also, let Emily bring you up to speed on the glory of the Davis campaign to date:
Wendy Davis took a ten point crash from the moment she announced that she was running for governor of Texas. She now trails her opponent, Greg Abbott, by around 15 points, despite her best efforts at courting every vote outside the state.
She’s lagging because of a few key features of her campaign. First, it makes gun control a key issue in a state where not only are the people heavily armed, but the livestock as well. Second, she’s allied her communications with Organizing for Action’s Texas arm, which promptly ran an ad making a joke about Greg Abbott walking into the legislature, when it is abundantly clear to everyone who has ever seen Greg Abbott that he cannot walk. She had yet to talk about the cornerstone of her political career, her filibuster of a Texas law that prevents abortions after 20 weeks, which rolled the Texas abortion deadline back from 24 weeks.
Pink tennis shoes weren’t made for mucking this much horse puckey.
Update: Also “pro-life.”