After falsifying her story about her perilous struggles as a single mother, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis apparently wants to win back favor. But her sudden double-mindedness is unlikely to convince Republicans or keep Democrats on her side.
Last week, Davis came out in favor of open-carry gun laws in Texas, although she had formerly expressed support for stricter gun laws. Yesterday she said she would support a 20-week ban on abortion as long as women and doctors had more power to define the exceptions to the legislation, despite the fact that last June she spent 13 hours in her pretty pink running shoes filibustering the same 20-week ban.
What changed? Let’s begin with the guns.
First, as of January, news was out that Davis “pushed for gun control measures as a city councilor in Fort Worth, and told an interviewer last year she would do the same as governor. The NRA has given Davis an 'F' grade.”
Then, in February, she announced she was actually in favor of open-carry legislation:
Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. But in a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry…
Now that she is under attack from her own party (and understandably so), she tried to clarify her open-carry stance:
“Obviously in Texas we have a culture that respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns," she told reporters at a press conference, "but we also, of course, have respect and understand [sic] a the rights and privileges of property owners to make decisions about what’s right for them." To Davis, the choice of having guns in the open belongs to "municipalities, school districts, hospitals, private property owners," making gun rights a local issue. "Local control means local control," she asserted.
Texas is a flaming red, Second Amendment-loving state and isn't likely to accept Davis’s flip-flopping approach to the law. Besides, constitutional rights are not about to be overturned by local authorities.
Next, the abortion front. As of June 2013, Davis had “killed” the ban on 20-week abortions:
“Thanks to the powerful voices of thousands of Texans, #SB5 is dead,” Davis tweeted early Wednesday morning. “An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them.”
The law was later passed and Davis's position apparently changed. Today, Davis said she could have supported the ban if the exceptions (such as birth defects or the mother’s life being in danger) were less defined by the law and more by the women and doctors in question:
“My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn’t give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was,” Davis told the paper.
Why is this the first time Davis expressed this new-found sympathy for the ban? What is causing Davis to waffle? Clearly, she hopes her concessions to the red side of town will broaden her chances of political success, but somebody ought to tell her you can’t have your cake and eat it too.