Raising the Standard.

A Running Gaffe

Straight shooter. (Photo courtesy Texas Tribune.)

It just keeps getting worse for Wendy Davis. Davis is the true-blue Democratic candidate for governor of Texas. For this, and for her previous “bravery” in filibustering the state legislature to protect late-term abortion, she was feted in the media. That is, until Saturday, when The Dallas Morning News ran a feature exposing significant elements of Davis’s life story, as told by her, as untrue. Read the feature here. Read about the predictable media response (the feature provides a “fuller version” of her life, etc., etc.) here.

The Davis campaign has dismissed these revelations, turning them against her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott: Davis’s official Twitter account has accused “Abbott and his allies” of carrying out a “sleazy political trick” and “desperate [sic] attack” by drawing attention to her misrepresentations. So far as we know, the DMN feature was not commissioned by the Abbott campaign, so this line of defense is largely a dodge. Then again, we’re dealing with politics, the Artful Dodge itself, so is anyone surprised?

In a recently released statement, Team Wendy stuck to the script:

We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead … I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.

Attorney General Abbott is a paraplegic who has gone without use of his legs since age 26.

Keep it up, Wendy. You have him on the run.

—M. Blake Seitz is Editor-in-Chief of THE ARCH CONSERVATIVE.

THE EDITORS: God love ya, Joe.

P.S. This is a recurring gaffe for the Democratic Party: during a campaign rally in 2008, Joe Biden boisterously commanded state senator Chuck Graham, who is wheelchair-bound, to “stand up, Chuck, let ’em see you.”

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