“American Liberalism’s Necessary Fictions” are explored by Seth Mandel at Commentary, who notes that “if the facts mattered to [Wendy] Davis, we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place” about her cobbled-together backstory. “Nonetheless, to a certain extent you can’t really blame Davis. After all, Elizabeth Warren is now a wealthy, powerful senator. Her biographical creativity helped her get ahead and never caught up to her. And it isn’t as if Warren wrote the playbook; she merely copied it.”
After quoting from Andrew Ferguson’s take on Barack Obama’s wildly-embellished biographical narrative (or self-serving bulls*** as it was known in less enlightened days), Mandel writes:
Ferguson reviewed the many such examples and noted: “Obama wasn’t just inventing himself; he was inventing himself inventing himself. It made for a story, anyway.” It certainly did. What it amounted to was that Obama basically took the measure of his fellow American liberals and judged them to be idiots. He was exactly who he said he was and honestly rendered his cultural and political outlook. But he also understood that to Democrats, your opinion is only valid if it matches a certain biography.
In part this is because modern liberalism is so intellectually conformist. Elizabeth Warren’s opinions are a dime a dozen, especially in a place like Harvard. But her opinions took on a sudden value when her employers could pretend she was a minority. [Emphasis mine — Ed] So she did, and they did, and everybody won (except, of course, the actual minority whose opportunity she likely snagged).
Wendy Davis understands this all too well. Her pro-abortion extremism, so out of step with the country and especially her state of Texas, is the standard Democratic line. But—as with Warren—the party wants to be able to avoid talking about the issues and instead push a bogus narrative consisting of false accusations and character assassination. For that, Davis—or, rather, the person Davis has claimed to be—was perfect.
It’s Potemkin Narratives, all the way down.