Texas liberals aflutter about Wendy Davis

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greene While Texas liberals are in a frenzy imagining one of their own reoccupying the governor’s mansion, they offer a unique look into their true nature.

Four years ago they had an opportunity to support a lifelong Democrat with credentials so impressive, with qualifications so rarely found and character so unassailable that they had a winning formula at their fingertips.

Instead of embracing the candidacy of former Ambassador Tom Schieffer, they turned their back on him because he said “yes” when the president of the United States called on him to serve our country.

Today, however, they are in a literal frenzy celebrating the sudden but carefully orchestrated ascendency of a woman who is known to most for her stand on the “sacred ground” of defending the practice of late-term abortions without further limitations.

Of course, state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth will try to build her campaign around other issues because she knows so well that the great majority of Texans supports the new law designed to curtail late-term abortions that she so dramatically tried to derail.

Her performance unfolded while she knew she would not succeed at anything other than advancing her own ambition.

Now that she has achieved national rock-star status, she will want to change the discussion. That is her greatest challenge, and right now it would seem a challenge impossible to overcome.

Interestingly, Schieffer would not have had to change anything about his distinguished record of public service and personal achievement.

He could talk about how, at age 25, he won a seat in the Texas House of Representatives and served there for six years.

He could acquaint voters with his record of practicing law, leading successful business ventures and his commitment to the cause of public education, including serving as trustee of what was then the Tarrant County Junior College System.

His participation in the ownership group that acquired the Texas Rangers Baseball Club resulted in him getting the assignment to work out a partnership with the city of Arlington to develop a new, world-class ballpark.

He could talk about how the success of that venture was achieved by the team’s full engagement with Arlington residents, who would have the final say on whether the deal that was worked out with city officials was fair.

Then he could share his experiences of being one of the few men in American history to be named ambassador to not one but two countries that are among the United States’ most important allies (Japan and Australia).

It would seem fitting that Schieffer would be selected for that service by a Republican president more interested in his abilities and qualifications than his political party affiliation.

In fact, Schieffer could explain how the high calling of bipartisan cooperation actually produced results that best served the interest of the American people.

Unfortunately, Texas Democrats would have none of that. Instead of championing his candidacy in the last governor’s race, they just would not forgive him for the political sin of associating with Republicans.

Now we get to see them all worked up over Wendy. That explains more about who they are than any political analysis could ever reveal.

Their interest is solely that of turning Texas blue and foisting their big-government, big-spending and high-taxing policies on the people of one of the nation’s most conservative and most successful states.

If their new celebrity du jour, appearing in Vogue in a designer dress and perfectly coordinated spike heels that cost more than the entire wardrobe of most Texas women, will get them there, then they will happily take it.

I’m betting Texans aren’t as enamored as the array of national Democrats who have been basking in Davis’ reflected glory since her stunt in the state Capitol. I’m thinking they see what is being foisted on them as nothing more than cheap pandering, and I don’t think they are buying it.

Richard Greene is a former Arlington mayor and served as an appointee of President George W. Bush as regional administrator for the EPA. mayorgreene@mayorgreene.com

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