When California street artist ‘Sabo’, funded by Kathryn Stuard, a Midland Texas resident, produced the ‘Abortion Barbie” poster last May, Wendy and her MoveOn.org/Planned Parenthood rainmakers howled with indignation. Sabo had plastered the streets of LA with Abortion Barbie posters in reaction to Wendy’s regular visits to hit-up liberal Hollywood A-listers for more campaign cash to fund her run for Texas Governor.
Wendy, MoveOn.org and various Planned Parenthood affiliates hit their email lists, social network contacts and media friends oozing insulted outrage at the offensive poster. Predictably, they asked their followers to chip-in $3 to $5 to help make the emotional-owie all better. They blamed Greg Abbott for “demeaning Wendy and ‘women across Texas” — even though Stuard stated in an interview that the Abbott campaign had nothing to do with the poster.
Abortion is a Consistent Money Maker for Davis Campaign
Based on the official Wendy Davis campaign funding reports, Sabo and Stuard probably did Wendy a favor. In the world of Democratic fundraising, abortion politics is always a big winner.
Wendy’s image was meticulously structured as the tireless, pro-abortion activist who filibustered valiantly to stop legislation that threatened to impose health and life safety regulations on abortion facilities, and regulate access to third-trimester abortions in Texas. But, Wendy’s catheter-equipped, 11-hour filibuster and the social media storm that accompanied it, wasn’t ever about stopping that legislation.
That goal was always a no starter. Everybody knew it — except the ‘useful donors’ who crowded into the capital building and blew-up the twitter-verse.
Planned Parenthood and their affiliated organizers knew that the crowds loudly supporting Wendy’s 11-hour filibuster were just local color. All of those passionately vocal women, bused in for the event, were set dressing, human props, that would not change a single yea or nay vote. Wendy’s pink-shoed stand served one purpose, and one purpose only. It took a relatively unknown, not particularly distinguished, two term Texas State Senator and made her a national star. With some social media pre-planning, and a little help from the pro-abortion press, the event was like, “American Idol” except the fans voted with their debit and credit cards while they re-tweeted and liked the event on Facebook.
Wendy’s futile filibuster was designed to introduce her to the national pro-abortion donors and provide a springboard to launch her candidacy to become the next Governor of Texas.
The ‘futile-filibuster strategy’ was as cynical as it was successful. Davis raised over $10 million in donations in the few months after her #standwithwendy campaign.
The abortion lobby is the well-tuned, powerful engine of the Democratic fundraising machine. Obama and the DNC leadership are keenly aware of what to most observers is an under-appreciated dynamic in Democratic fundraising. If Washington was one big poker game, Obama flashed a ‘tell’ during the 2011 showdown with the Republican house, Obama caved on taxes and spending, but held strong on federal subsides for Planned Parenthood. The DNC gets about $40 million per election cycle from the abortion lobby. Abortion activist are a major force in the network of wealthy liberals who fund Democrats. The DNC understands and exploits this dynamic and dutifully defends legal abortion and Planned Parenthood subsidies. Well-positioned, wealthy, true believers, can raise hundreds of thousands for the ‘pro-choice’ cause overnight.
Two of President Obama’s most valued fundraisers are in Red State Texas. Both women are top executives with the nation’s largest abortion provider, and unparalleled lobbying powerhouse, Planned Parenthood. Naomi Aberly has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Democrats. As a campaign bundler she raised $1.14 million for Obama’s 2012 Presidential run. Aberly is known in Democratic circles for committing time and money to Planned Parenthood. She serves as board chair of the North Texas chapter, and Annie’s List, an organization modeled after Emily’s List. Annie’s List exists to recruit, train, and fund pro-choice candidates for public office in Texas. Aberly is a formidable asset to any campaign and is a strong supported of Wendy Davis.
Cecile Richards is CEO of Planned Parenthood. In May of 2011, Richards hosted a private, $30,000-a-plate fundraiser for President Obama at her home, located in the exclusive neighborhood of Westlake Hills, near Austin, Texas. Cecile Richards is the daughter of Ann Richards, the last Democrat to hold the Governor’s office. That was over twenty years ago. Cecile Richards cut her teeth on bare-knuckle, Texas politics. Her mother was a master.
Ann Richards was a true Texas character, a classy, colorful, clever, cutthroat tactician. She shot doves during hunting season, and shot the bull with the boys in the backrooms. In pre-political correctness lexicon, Ann would have been called a “man’s woman” — a woman who assumed her equality, understood men and earned their respect. Even if they disagreed with her politically, they had to love her panache.
Being mentored by Cecile Richards, and championing unregulated abortion has proven very profitable for Wendy Davis. But money, even mega-cash, doesn’t directly convert to votes. Even with Richards and Aberly’s backing, the major source of Wendy’s campaign money and volunteers is coming from out of state pro-abortion supporters. To many Texas voters, the Davis campaign sometimes feels like an invading force that is set on buying the Governor’s office.
Davis has been working hard to moderate her image as an extreme abortion activist enough to appeal to the solidly pro-life majority of the Texas electorate while not alienating her pro-abortion funders. She has had difficulty developing consistent messaging that has a broader appeal to the Texas electorate.
Since Davis’ first ad declaring her candidacy, she has tried to downplay her pro-abortion views. In conservative Brownsville Texas Wendy was criticized for declaring herself ‘pro-life’ in an interview with the Valley Star. Davis is attempting to focus on other political issues to broaden her message, but her ardent abortion advocacy is the 800-pound gorilla in every campaign venue she visits.
During interviews Davis seems to verify the belief that she doesn’t understand either the facts or the ramifications of the Kermit Gosnell case – the abortion doctor convicted of three counts of murder and one count of manslaughter.
Wendy Davis, from the theater of the futile filibuster, to the special interests that created the construct and managed the Davis for Governor candidacy, is a cautionary tale. Her campaign is patterned from the successful Obama run. It is being mirrored in other pro-abortion candidates like Kay Haggan. Her NC run was failing until Planned Parenthood stepped in with cash and volunteers. You wonder if the folks in North Carolina feel over-run by the Pro Abortion lobby.
The real question, the important question is, will the ordinary folks that go to polls take the time to think about the actual merit and character of the individual before they pull the lever. Will they vote as an informed individual, or as part of a carefully cultivated special interest group?
I sincerely hope the women of Texas will not follow the advice on the billboards and “Vote with Their Girl Parts”.
If they do, they will validate every ugly thing President Woodrow Wilson said about giving women the vote, and diminish the sacrifices of the women who faced Wilson’s contempt, water hoses and jails.