As I’m not attached to a campaign this year, I feel secure in noting that I’ll be watching the returns in my pajamas, while drinking wine straight out of the bottle. Not that I wouldn’t do that if I were attached to a campaign, but this year, it will at least be easier to switch the channel away from Wolf Blitzer and instead watch people compete to give other, more courages people, tattoos on a reality television show, if things don’t go my way.
But if there’s anything I’m really looking forward to, it’s Wendy Davis’s concession speech. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I feel like it could be one of those rare, sweet moments, when you know that not only has a truly awful candidate been defeated, but that people who spent loads of money trying to accomplish an obviously impossible task, instead of, say, throwing cash at a really winnable election (Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan come to mind), will spend their last few pennies on pints of Ben & Jerry’s New York Triple Fudge Chunk.
Until that moment, however, supporters of Texas’s progressive candidate will continue to make increasingly preposterous excuses. Such as that, Wendy Davis, a statewide candidate for office, was felled by Texas Republicans dastardly redistricting, a nugget of wisdom from Daily Show creator-turned-reproductive rights activist, Lizz Winstead.
JOY REID: Lizz, you have a new poll showing that Wendy Davis is trailing Greg Abbott by substantial margins, 32 to 47. You have an organization Lady Parts Justice that’s really trying to push on these issues of reproductive justice. Why do you suppose that Wendy Davis, who came to fame on those very issues, is doing so poorly?
LIZZ WINSTEAD: You know, I don’t — I think part of it is that redistricting is redistricting. And Texas, I think, can turn blue. I mean, let’s not forget that 20 years ago Texas had a female governor, who was an admitted alcoholic and a divorcee who was a progressive. So, I don’t think that the dinosaurs were walking the Earth back then. But I do think that with Texas, the media has a lot to do with it. I think that there is just so much going on with the way that reproductive justice has become an issue that is big, but in a state as big as Texas, there are so many other issues, and they just don’t have the information and the media on their side.
Last I checked, Texas had not, somehow, managed to redistrict itself into parts of Mexico and Oklahoma, but I could be wrong. I am, after all, a product of public school. The odds are, however, that Texas has not successfully redistricted itself as a state, and while it may have acquired some additional red districts, that would have an impact on Congressional races, where candidates are actually elected from districts. As everyone in the state gets an opportunity to vote against Wendy Davis, redistricting seems like a rather unlikely determinant.
As for Ann Richards, well, Wendy Davis tried her best to emulate Texas’s last, erstwhile, female progressive governor, by toting around a rifle and pointing it at unsuspecting rally attendees, but Texas just isn’t the same state it was when Ann Richards ran for office. The part where Ann Richards was soundly defeated by George W. Bush after one term as governor could have clued Lizz in, but I assume Lizz doesn’t want to remember the part where a hero in the women’s liberation movement was bested by a man who almost made Dick Cheney president by choking on a pretzel.