Corrected from earlier | Just when you thought the whole Wendy Davis obsession was dying down, Vogue has up and done a puffy profile of the Texas state senator and abortion rights absolutist for its September issue. Now, I know you're tempted to run out to the newsstand and snatch up a copy, but apparently the Daily Beast's Erin Cunningham did America a favor with a blog post today about the "13 Things You Didn't Know About Wendy Davis."
"From her love of Victoria Beckham to her teenage rebellious phase [here are]13 things we learned from Vogue’s September-issue profile of Wendy Davis," the subheader for Erin Cunningham's August 15 post gushed. Predictably full of pablum and puffery, Cunningham closed her short piece on a absurdly trite note:
(13) Girls Run the World: Beneath her angelic blonde demeanor, Davis is a seriously tough opponent: “I’m a very competitive person,” she tells Vogue. “I do hate losing.”
Davis may be just that, and she may throw all she has into a gubernatorial race, but the men and women who ultimately run Texas may have a different thing to say about putting Davis in charge of the executive branch of the Lone Star State's government. As Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com noted, a majority of Texans favor recently-enacted restrictions on abortion, the very same measures Davis stood on her feet for hours to oppose.
True, abortion will only be one of many issues voters care about in the 2014 Texas governor's race, but odds are if Davis ran, her cult status as a national liberal icon would be a strong weapon against her in the general campaign.
You have to think that the folks at the Daily Beast must know this, but then again, members of the elite liberal media -- who are wildly more liberal than most Americans and who tend to live in liberal bubbles like Manhattan -- are quite likely deluding themselves into thinking Davis really has a strong shot at becoming the first Democratic governor of Texas since Ann Richards.
Of course, back then, Richards was a bit of a left-wing cult hero nationally, and we all know how that turned out.
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated that the interview was with Vanity Fair. It was with Vogue. My apologies.