Wendy Davis is a feminist hero for revising her personal story to minimize the "Find a sugar-daddy to put you through law school" angle. But after admitting that this Harvard-trained and very successful lawyer needs to learn about "focused" language, she pivots to the attack against her probable Republican opponent:
“We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead...
I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”
She is certainly right that Greg Abbott has not walked in her shoes, since Mr. Abbot has been in a wheelchair since a freak accident rendered him parapalegic 29 years ago. This is hardly a secret down in Texas, so one wonders what, if anything, prompted the use of that particular metaphor.
Ms. Davis would do well to remember some sage and timeless advice - don't criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile away from them if and when you decide to criticize them. And you'll have their shoes.
DUELING OBSTACLES: Mr. Abbott's father died when Mr. Abbott was sixteen, so his life has hardly lacked for character-building hardship. Is "my life sucked even harder than yours" ploy going to be a winning tactic for Team Davis?