Wendy Davis, the creative autobiographer and pro-abortion hero, may also be an interesting specimen to examine in order to understand RINOs—Republicans In Name Only. According to Breitbart, Davis at one time identified as a Texas Republican!
“Like it or not, the Republicans wish they had Wendy Davis in their party,” former City Councilwoman Becky Haskin tells the paper. Haskin, a Republican, does not comment on the fact that her party once did have Davis. Davis was, the story notes, voting in the state’s Republican primaries a year before running for office as a Democrat. The Tribune reported that Davis voted in the 1996, 1998, and 2006 Republican primaries. What’s more, Davis donated money to Republicans candidates, namely Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger.
It is not entirely clear when or why Davis decided her ideology would better suit the opposing party. The only clue in the piece is when she decided to do it: “In 2007, after nearly a decade at City Hall, Davis set her sights on the Texas Senate, where polls showed GOP incumbent Sen. Kim Brimer to be vulnerable.”
The newspaper asked Davis about the partisan flip-flopping. This was not, after all, a public and vocal divorce a la Charlie Crist. This was a decision made conclusively before the launch of a political career to abandon a previous partisan affiliation for its diametric opposite. Davis’s response was that she was flattered by those who pointed out this discrepancy in her political past and future. “I took that as a compliment, you know, that people didn’t necessarily know what my ideology might be because I wasn’t driven by that,” she told the newspaper.
Not driven by ideology. I am thankful Davis did not pursue her career under the Republican label, but I am surprised. She would fit right in.
Let me translate Davis’ explanation. She wasn’t “driven” by “ideology” because that would get in the way of her intense ambition and pursuit of power. She’s not about ideology. She’s about her political rise.
The question we should ponder is this: How many other Republican politicians are in the Senate and in the House and in the state legislatures who, if things had happened slightly differently in their early careers, could have and would have happily and easily slid over to the Democrats and pursued their fortunes in that party?
For many politicians, ideology is not name for their ethical convictions because they have no such strong convictions. It is simply their PR tool to win elections and gain power.