It’s one thing to fudge your resume. It’s one thing to enhance your life story. And its one thing to tell a few lies. Candidates for public office have survived such shenanigans.
If that were all Wendy Davis, candidate for governor of Texas had to worry about, she might, Naomi Schaeffer Riley writes, overcome it. Davis’s political career is over, Riley argues cogently, because she abandoned and then lost custody of her children.
In Riley’s words:
According to [Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne] Slater’s account, Davis decided to leave her children, then ages 8 and 2, with their father in Fort Worth while she went off to Harvard Law School. Who could resist the siren call of the Ivy League? Well, I suspect that most women and plenty of men would, if it meant moving across the country from their kids for three years.
But before we get to that, note two things. First of all, that 8-year-old was not her husband’s biological child. I don’t mean to cast any aspersions on Jeff Davis’ commitment to his daughters; in fact, he looks like the knight in shining armor of this story.
He not only took on raising his own daughter alone, but also another girl, who’d been abandoned first by her father and then her mother.
Second: After Jeff finished paying off the last of Wendy’s school loans, she filed for divorce and gave up custody of her children. According to Jeff, his wife just decided, “While I’ve been a good mother, it’s not a good time for me right now.”
Is Wendy Davis the new face of feminism?
Feminists should think long and hard before they make Wendy Davis the new face of their movement. Very few women, feminist or not, will be capable of understanding how a mother can abandon her children. To do so because it wasn't a good time for her is appalling.
Does feminism want the world to think that it is encouraging other mothers to do the same thing?
Americans will forgive a lot in a politician. But a woman who leaves her kids is just beyond the pale.