Denny's Daily Zinger: Time to Check Your Résumé?
Let’s remember Wendy Davis’ 15 minutes of fame.
Abortion is a third rail in American politics. Nobody likes abortion. The defining question: Is it the government’s business?
With some of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions in Texas, it was a circus atmosphere at the state capitol in Austin last summer:
For more than 11 hours on June 25, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, stood on the Texas Senate floor. She spoke—without taking a break to eat, drink or go to the restroom—against a bill that would tighten restrictions on abortion in Texas that she said would take the state to a “dark place.” —Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 24, 2013
Political junkies everywhere—myself included—were salivating for a juicy, bare-knuckles fight.
- Republican vs. Democrat
- Anti-abortion vs. Right to Choose
- Woman vs. Man
Alas, it is likely not to be. A month later, The Dallas Morning News senior political writer Wayne Slater accused Wendy Davis of blurring “key facts” in her life story.
If Davis runs—as a Democrat in a Republican state—the opposition will pound home the idea that if Davis lied about her past, she cannot be trusted.
Takeaways to Consider
- Is your résumé absolutely, positively accurate?
- My private archive has a slew of stories of high-profile people who got caught with “buffed” résumés. Among them: James Earl Edmiston, Marilee Jones, Prof. William Bradford, J. Terrence Lanni and Sandy Baldwin.
- With Internet archive capabilities, a résumé error can follow a person to the grave.
Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His next book will be “Write Everything Right!“ Visit him at dennyhatch.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.