Andrew Stiles: Imagine if Wendy Davis got the Palin treatment

National Review’s Andrew Stiles uses parody to compare the difference in the mainstream media treatment received by Governor Palin and late-term abortion queen, Wendy Davis, in the context of the Democrat Party’s contrived "war on women" nonsense.

Here we go again: sexist tropes being used against a high-profile female political candidate who happens to be a working mom from Alaska Texas.

Last week, an article in the Dallas Morning News purported to correct the biography of Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor. While these alleged discrepancies would be hardly a blip on a male candidate’s record, they have unleashed a barrage of attacks straight out of the GOP’s anti-woman playbook.

A number of right-wing magazines ran cover stories pandering to the prurient, 1950s mindset of their readership. The Weekly Standard, for example, featured a scantily clad Davis next to the headline: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Wendy?” and declared her “bad news for the Democratic Party — and for everyone else, too.”


The blowhards at Fox News have made Davis a prime target in the right-wing network’s jihad against powerful women. A cackling Chris Wallace went so far as to offer his Fox News Sunday viewers “an upper” by showing a video clip portraying Davis as a mentally unstable, publicity-obsessed bimbo who doesn’t know how many days are in the month of February.

Wallace has also described Davis as “profoundly stupid” for launching a 13-hour filibuster to block a late-term-abortion ban in the Texas legislature, which hardly comes as a surprise given Fox’s long history of attacking the intelligence of female politicians and working moms. Conservative comedian Dennis Miller continues to appear on Fox after calling Davis a “dumb twat” and a “c***,” while Republican super PACs refuse to return his million-dollar donations.

As is often the case when it comes to the right-wing media, crucial context surrounding Davis’s filibuster was ignored — for example, the fact that just 62 percent of Americans, and only 68 percent of women, support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. But rather than explore the issue in depth, conservatives have decided to obsess over extraneous details such as Davis’s iconic pink running shoes.

There’s much more to Stiles’ piece and I urge you to read the whole thing here. I hasten to add that the only reason for Wendy Davis and Governor Palin’s names to be mentioned in the same sentence is for making a disparate treatment comparison such as Stiles has done.  At the time Governor Palin came on the national scene, she had a long and remarkably successful career as a public servant in which she held progressively higher office. All of Governor’s success was due entirely to her own hard work and intelligence.  She didn’t come from a rich and powerful family or marry into one. Wendy Davis, on the other hand, has done nothing noteworthy in her life other than stage a filibuster in which she argued for the gruesome Gosnellian position on late-term abortions.  This is a position which, as Stiles notes, is opposed by a vast majority of Americans including 68% of women. Wendy Davis has no chance of ever being elected Texas Governor and whatever theatrics she engages in is designed more to further her chances of landing a gig at MSNBC than any political aspirations she may have.

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