Politics As Usual. . . or Not?
As the country prepares for the upcoming elections in November, the buzz surrounding matters political is sky-high.
As well as you think you did?? asks Wendy Davis, a tad apologetically. She wants to be the next governor of Texas. She got off a great start gaining national attention for her thirteen-hour filibuster of the Senate bill restricting abortion rights last year. Remember those pink shoes? But it looks like her road to becoming governor might have hit a few bumps. Her story, as it went, was that Wendy started working as a teenager to support her single mom and three siblings and by 19, she was a divorced, single mother of one who lived in a trailer park. A true underdog story, Wendy saw a pamphlet at the pediatrician's office where she worked and got inspired to go back to school. She made her way through college and Harvard Law School with scholarships and the rest, as they say, is history.
But now, Wendy is admitting that there could be a few 'blurred lines', as the Robin Thicke song goes. In an interview with Dallas Morning News she admitted that her autobiography is slightly skewed, like that she got divorced at 21, not 19 and that she only lived in a mobile home for a few months before moving in with her mom and then, into her own apartment. And that she got a scholarship for only one year of community college at Texas Christian University. Oh, but by then, she was already married to Fortworth lawyer and former city councilman, Jeff Davis who paid for her education at Harvard. Oooops! In fact, Wendy upped and left her second husband days after he made the final payment on her Harvard law school loan. Ai, ai, ai, ayee.
After these facts came to light, a dating service that pairs wealthy "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies" for "mutually beneficial dating arrangements" has endorsed Wendy Davis. "Wendy Davis is proof that the sugar lifestyle is empowering," founder and CEO Brandon Wade said in his endorsement. Uh, oh! Not quite the feminist saga that propelled her ratings with women voters. Well, as they say, with everything else in politics, you got to take it with a grain of salt.
But in a refreshing spin on 'politics as usual' comes the announcement from Barbara Bush that she "loves Bill Clinton." Say that again, you might ask? In a C-span interview, the former first lady, Barbara Bush says that while their politics might not align, she and her husband are very close with his successor, former President Bill Clinton.
Bush said the friendship between her, Clinton and former President, George W. Bush developed over time. "My husband, Bill Clinton and I have become friends. And Bill visits us every summer. . .Bill's father wasn't around, and I think he thinks of George a little bit like the father he didn't have," Bush said.
Where politics are concerned, stranger things have happened!
And in an unexpected twist, from the heart of Silicon Valley comes the news that there is not one, but two, Indian Americans vying for the race to capture Northern California's 17th Congressional District seat. Republican Vanila Mathur Singh, an anesthesiologist and associate professor at Stanford University and democrat Ro Khanna, a lawyer and former deputy assistant secretary of commerce in the Obama administration are both challenging long-time incumbent Mike Honda, a Japanese American. It's a small, small world after all...
(Stay tuned to next month's post for a Q&A session with Vanila Mathur Singh & Ro Khanna.)