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Wendy Davis Stuck to Her Guns And Regrets It Now

I have to say that I truly missed Wendy Davis for the two seconds she was out of the media cycle. Everyone else since then has been so boring. Where before it was hapless campaign appearances and poorly concieved fundraising emails, lately it’s just been cranky old white supremacists and Bill de Blasio. 

Thankfully, Wendy, who insists that her 20-point loss to Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot was a mere misunderstanding, and that her campaign was a watershed moment for Democrats in the south, keeps doing interviews, as though there were some way to rectify all of her mistakes. So in the midst of a slow couple of weeks, we find out that, while Wendy Davis is proud for having stuck to her guns during her campaign, she does, ironically, regret having stuck to her guns during her campaign. Or, at least her support of open carry

“I don’t live in the world of regret,” Davis said in the exclusive interview – her first sit-down interview since the election – when asked whether she had any regrets about her campaign.

But she added, “There is one thing that I would do differently in that campaign, and it relates to the position that I took on open carry. I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn’t really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue.”

Davis didn’t blame anyone else for the decision, praising her team despite her 20-point loss to Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and despite a staff shakeup during the campaign.

Weirdly, her support of open carry might have been one of the few things that earned her more support from Texans, not less. Wendy’s major flaws weren’t her personality or her penchant for clothing that cost more than the average Texan makes in the first decade of their working life, but her and Battleground Texas’s mistaken belief that there were any liberals that weren’t comfortably housed in high-end, high-rise condominiums in their gentrifying Austin neighborhoods. Wendy’s deep thoughts on things like second-term abortion turned off the very demographics that BGTX thought would eventually turn Texas blue, especially the growing Hispanic population along the Rio Grande, which Wendy courted heavily. What might have been a developing moderately-blue voter base may now be lost forever, thanks to one bright idea and a pair of pink trainers.

Wendy took a favorable position on open carry rights because she thought it made her look more like Ann Richards, of course, only Ann Richards actually knew how to load, hold and fire a gun, whereas Wendy had heretofore only seen them in the pages of magazines and in those TPM stories about kids who take their senior photos with AK-47s only to blow their photographer’s ear off. I’m not sure Wendy regrets her stance because it wasn’t believable, but that was her most notable problem.

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