Wendy Davis lost on Tuesday. She lost utterly, completely, ignominiously and humiliatingly. She did not even win by comparison to other losers who came before her – in fact, she actively set her cause back several years. It would take a special type of thinking to think that Davis’ public self-immolation constituted any sort of victory – by which I mean, liberal thinking. Behold, here is a column which helpfully explains how liberals define “winning” and therefore why their policies inevitably result in what the rest of the world calls “losing.”
Although Davis rose to fame after her infamous 11-hour filibuster over the anti-choice bill SB5, she didn’t manage to win even the majority of the female vote in Texas. Apparently, the women who showed up at the polls prefer to be governed by a man who is against all forms of abortion, even for victims of rape and incest.
But despite this disappointing loss, Wendy Davis has profoundly changed politics.
Davis stood up for women’s right to reproductive control unlike anyone else and made this a central plank of her campaign. Although no major news network even bothered to air her filibuster back in 2013, it was her unflinching devotion to the issue that made it a national story that no one could ignore. Davis didn’t just prove that women’s lives are worth caring about, she showed that reproductive justice could no longer be treated as a fringe issue.
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Wendy Davis revolutionized what it means to be a female candidate. She pioneered the art of running as a woman, unapologetically. She wore pink glasses to work, pink running shoes for her filibuster and spoke openly about being a single mother. She never fit the mold, but she never tried either. That’s what made her so threatening to the status quo.
The mind boggles at the cocooned-from-reality worldview that treats results as secondary or even tertiary to how participating in the process causes one to feel. Sure, Wendy Davis turned national exposure and millions of dollars into an embarrassing and historic landslide loss, but the few dozen supporters who were with her to the bitter end had positive feelings about being on the campaign trail. Sure, she lost badly among every imaginable demographic (including women!) but a certain subset of those women can feel empowered about the prospect of wearing pink running shoes to their places …read more