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1/27/2014

Latest Project Veritas Video Helps Show How Wendy Davis Targets Greg Abbott’s Disability — But Not in the Way You Think

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:58 am

I just watched the newest video from Project Veritas, depicting supporters of Wendy Davis mocking Greg Abbott for being in a wheelchair. I think the kneejerk reaction to it is: look at how awful lefties are! I have a very slightly different reaction to it: it convinces me that the recent Davis quote saying Greg Abbott “walked a day in my shoes” was a deliberate backhanded shot at Abbott’s disability.

Two quotes from Davis supporters:

He doesn’t speak well, he isn’t good looking, he doesn’t have a good personality, and he’s in a wheelchair.

And:

I’m wondering how this is going to work out, because he’s in a wheelchair and most of the slogans are “Stand With Wendy.”

The second quote is from a Battleground Texas volunteer who also theatrically puts her hands over her ears when someone else in the room talking about possible illegal activity having to do with voter registration.

Now: I think it’s child’s play to collect disgusting and offensive quotes from supporters of a political candidate. That aspect of the video doesn’t grab me. Let partisans make hay out of that.

I have to say, though: I had not been following this race closely enough to realize that “Stand with Wendy” is one of Davis’s big slogans. Here again, we have a double standard. Can you imagine if a conservative used a slogan like that, no matter how appropriate and justified, in a campaign against someone in a wheelchair? The media would never stop portraying that conservative as mocking and heartless.

And yet, it’s a fair slogan in this campaign. Face it: Davis made her name on a filibuster. She is famous for “standing up.” It would be unfair to insist that she softsell that association simply because her opponent can’t stand up.

But . . .

But the campaign surely must have at least thought about this. Just ask Davis defender and O’Keefe critic Dave Weigel. In mocking the partisans who have gotten mileage out of the silly statements of the Davis campaign supporters, Weigel says:

This is a conversation that anyone strategizing to elect Davis was going to have, just as the Abbott campaign was going to strategize (hopefully without cameras in the room) about how to run against a woman without making gaffes. “Stand With [name of candidate]” is a common frame, used by Marco Rubio—only natural, isn’t it, to wonder if it looks cruel when the opponent can’t walk?

Weigel’s intent here is to give context for the heartless statements of Davis supporters, but he unconsciously makes a strong point against Davis. Namely: Davis herself and her strategists have to be very conscious of how their slogans can be perceived as an attack on Abbott’s disability, even if the principal intent of the slogan is to remind voters of Davis’s filibuster. (In a different era, this might have been a springboard for an interesting discussion about intent and interpretation.) To me, that doesn’t mean that Davis should not be allowed to use “Stand with Wendy” as a slogan. It just means that Davis is absolutely conscious of the way that her statements can be taken as a slap at Abbott’s disability — and as the video reveals, some people see that disability as a weakness.

Again, I am not knocking Davis for the “Stand with Wendy” slogan — I am providing the full context for revisiting Davis’s recent quote:

We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead. But they won’t work, because my story is the story of millions of Texas women who know the strength it takes when you’re young, alone and a mother. I’ve always been open about my life not because my story is unique, but because it isn’t.

The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce. And I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future and that’s what I’ve done. I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.

That was not an off-the-cuff quotation. That was a prepared statement, stating that Abbott has not walked a day in Davis’s shoes. And, unlike the “Stand with Wendy” slogan, Davis doesn’t have the excuse that this reference is necessary. Davis is not famous for walking in her shoes.

When I first wrote about this, I suggested that Davis had put her foot in her mouth. I no longer think that.

Davis knows that many people perceive weakness in Abbott’s disability. Maybe she is mocking that with the “Stand with Wendy” slogans — I suspect she is — but she at least has a defensible argument to use that slogan. Here, she was mocking Abbott’s inability to walk, in a prepared statement, with no excuse that the reference to walking was a reference to her strengths.

I think she knew exactly what she was doing, and I think O’Keefe’s video makes that especially clear.

Unfortunately, this argument — while much more convincing an attack on Davis than pointing to how cruel some of her supporters might be — is too subtle for sound-bite politics. So: never mind. tl;dr. Forget I even said a thing.

103 Responses to “Latest Project Veritas Video Helps Show How Wendy Davis Targets Greg Abbott’s Disability — But Not in the Way You Think”

  1. A post not about the State of the Union. You’re welcome.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. I understand the consternation over the “stand with Wendy” and the “walk a day in my shoes” comments. I get it.

    Personally, I think more attention needs to be focused on the fact that at the end of the video a woman admits to voter fraud and no one says much about it.

    gitarcarver (71ca11)

  3. It’s Barack Hussein Obama all over again. They get to do it, we hold back.

    luagha (909b7f)

  4. The people who would be the most likely to be offended by that connotation of “Stand with Wendy” were already going to vote for her; the people who would look at Mr Abbott’s disability as some sort of weakness were still never going to vote for Mrs Davis.

    What this is really proving is that Mrs Davis has a tin ear. She’ll carry Austin, and maybe Houston, but she’ll lose statewide by a wide margin.

    The realistic Dana (3e4784)

  5. I agree with Patterico.

    The way to fight back is to mock the big-hair-lady right back. The endorsement by the sugar daddy dating site is a start. http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/24/wendy-davis-endorsed-by-sugar-daddy-dating-service/ (Hope you have better luck loading the link — I’m slow today.)

    nk (dbc370)

  6. The democrats have been going out into the streets and registering any staggering human they can find, filling out a ballot for them.
    It is a small step from there to regestering people under multiple names, cross borders with bus loads of collge students and union workers, etc.

    Locally a candidate sued over voter fraud because the vote in the precinct that encompassed UCSB and all it’s housing had a turnout of 140%. I think he lost because the judge said he would have lost regardless, and since the state is run by democrats, refused to look into it much further.

    The state AG Ms. Harris is the type of dishonest AG’s who abuse the public trust by predicating everything on democrat politics rather than by what is right and wrong.

    Cheating on election day has become part of the democrats culture and part of their dna. Kamela Harris, Eric Holder and their ilk affirm and protect that

    steveg (794291)

  7. 2. Comment by gitarcarver (71ca11) — 1/27/2014 @ 8:08 am

    at the end of the video a woman admits to voter fraud

    But not of a type that could be prevented by Voter ID – rather, of a type that would be encountered more often if more people did not show up in person at the polls.

    Sammy Finkelman (1892a7)

  8. And she had brown hair at Harvard Law. Still big, though.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. 6. Comment by steveg (794291) — 1/27/2014 @ 8:34 am

    The democrats have been going out into the streets and registering any staggering human they can find, filling out a ballot for them.

    It is a small step from there to regestering people under multiple names, cross borders with bus loads of collge students and union workers, etc.

    Locally a candidate sued over voter fraud because the vote in the precinct that encompassed UCSB and all it’s housing had a turnout of 140%.

    You mean this case?

    http://www.independent.com/news/2012/may/23/verb-transitive/

    Sammy Finkelman (1892a7)

  10. 5. Comment by nk (dbc370) — 1/27/2014 @ 8:26 am

    The endorsement by the sugar daddy dating site is a start.

    In New York State we do these things differently:

    http://nypost.com/2014/01/25/nyc-woman-finds-redemption-after-shunned-by-family/

    Though so much of her life was in tumult, in one aspect she was succeeding: She had been accepted to Brooklyn College on a full-ride and was getting straight-A’s, even while working full time as a secretary.

    Vincent entered what she calls her first “healthy” relationship with a married professor, 42 years her senior. But he did encourage her to voice opinions on politics, culture and the world — ideas she never knew herself capable of sharing.

    “He helped my voice grow strong,” she writes.

    Eventually his wife found out about the affair and made the professor end it. But before that, Vincent had built up enough confidence to apply to graduate school and was accepted — again on a full ride — to Harvard.

    The sugar Daddy arranged for her to get a full scholarship. Pell grants wouldn’t have covered that. Unless maybe she’s calling student loans a “full ride.”

    Poor Wendy’s husband actually paid tuition to Harvard.

    Sammy Finkelman (1892a7)

  11. Someone smarter than I will have to explain how the fact that Mr. Abbott is confined to a wheelchair is a dis-qualifier for the job, but when it came to the Dem’s deity FDR it was not an issue.

    gramps, the original (64b8ca)

  12. Davis and her supporters should feel ashamed, but – as we well know – lefties don’t embarrass easy. And so I say without shame, whether left with an ex- husband or in a waste bin at the “womyn’s health clinic”, children are an inconvenience for Wendy Davis.

    Colonel Haiku (2fd9e6)

  13. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.

    Yeah… I haven’t spent a week on her back, either, but I don’t think that’s quite as onerous a life (when your “other” is making 100k+ a year) as she paints.

    I think this is a very effective gold digger who got lucky, found a schnook to pay her way through Harvard, even as he cared for and raised her kids. And even as the last of the Harvard bills got paid off, she found someone else to fill her bed, and dumped the schnook… even with the kids she didn’t want to have to deal with while she centered herself on her political career.

    On the one hand, it’s probably a Very Good Thing that the daughters she had have not been raised by her. They might actually become decent people.

    On the other hand, it’s pretty clear she’s a hell of a lot of things, but “hard working, honest, and honorable” is not included in that list.

    Smock Puppet, Gadfly, Racist-Sexist Thug, and Bon Vivant All In One Package (225d0d)

  14. Anybody else think we’re seeing the larval stage of a Hillary Clinton?

    C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801)

  15. I found plenty of secondary references for the alleged endorsement by the sugar daddy site, but was unable to find the actual original endorsement. It could be a hoax.

    The Dana who looked (3e4784)

  16. And, unlike the “Stand with Wendy” slogan, Davis doesn’t have the excuse that this reference is necessary. Davis is not famous for walking in her shoes.

    Well, she has had pink shoes associated with her as a symbol of her “standing up for women”. So her comment that her opponent hasn’t walked a day in her shoes may be calling the pink shoe symbol to mind. Of course, that raises the further question of whether this symbol is intended as a sly reference to her opponent as well.

    Jim S. (94591b)

  17. 14. Comment by C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801) — 1/27/2014 @ 10:40 am

    Anybody else think we’re seeing the larval stage of a Hillary Clinton?

    This is not a Hillary Clinton.

    This is a Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky.

    In other words, she’s not going anywhere. She helps in fund-raising, and in down-ballot races = turnout, but otherwise, she’s a sacrificial lamb.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Margolies

    It looks like Marjorie Margolies might be making a comeback, or maybe just appearing to.

    She’s now the mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton. her ex-husband was on the House Judiciary Committee when it voted for the impeachment of Richard Nixon, although he wasn’t married to her at the time. He kept on losing elections after they moved to Pennsylvania, but she was elected to Congress in 1992 and is famous for having lost her seat because she voted the way Bill Clinton wanted her to.

    Ed Mezvinsky later was convicted of fraud. According to wikipedia it all started because he fell victim to a lot of 419 scams, and then (or maybe because of them – i.e. he wanted to invest money in them he didn’t have) started to con people to raise money. None of his plans for making back the money worked, because none of them were real.

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)

  18. I agree with Patterico that this is part of Davis’ plan.

    DRJ (8b9d41)

  19. 11. Comment by gramps, the original (64b8ca) — 1/27/2014 @ 10:25 am

    explain how the fact that Mr. Abbott is confined to a wheelchair is a dis-qualifier for the job, but when it came to the Dem’s deity FDR it was not an issue.

    Enough years have finally passed that now people no longer automatically think of FDR when the idea of someone in a whheelchair seeking elective office is proposed.

    They did when George Wallace was running for Governor of Alabama, after being shot in 1972.(1974 as an incumbent and again in 1982.)

    Both George Wallace and Greg Abbott were probably more disabled than FDR was, since FDR’s paralysis came from polio, and may not have made him incontinent.

    It’s not all that well known but columnist and commentator Charles Krauthammer is in wheelchair, due to a mistaken swimming pool dive.

    In the past, the Democratic Party has run any number of wheelchair-bound candidates figuring it would help them. Max Cleland in Georgia, former Senator from Georgia and Tammy Duckworth, now a Congresswoman from Illinois, come to mind.

    Senator John East (R-N.C. 1981-1986) was also in wheelchair (polio in 1955) He killed himself? It looked like he just served one term.

    But after announcing he would not run for re-election, and suffering from hypothyroidism, he killed himself in his garage with carbon monoxide poisoning, a day after completing work on the book galleys of his collected essays, and meeting with Supreme Court nominee Antonin Scalia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Porter_East

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)

  20. FWIW, post-polio syndrome can cause additional problems like fatigue and sleep disturbance.

    Not to get into any dueling disabilities contest.

    But Sammy is right in that if bladder function is effected, it would increase the risk of bladder infections, including serious infections of the kidney and even death,
    but nothing that a doctor wouldn’t be able to monitor closely.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  21. I think it’s rather clever of Davis to bring the “war on women” into the campaign wIthout a full frontal assault. She has managed to put a disabled man on the defensive. It speaks volumes about how much that meme resonated with a large segment of voters. If this is a litmus test for Hillary and other women who will be running for various offices, it bodes well.

    What this says about culture at large, however, is dismaying.

    Dana (24c3ba)

  22. I should clarify “how much it resonates with voters thus far..” Time will tell if it draws the necessary voters to give her their votes. However, win or lose she has advanced the Democratic war cry on women. She’ll be a victor if she wins – not even a disabled man can take her down because she is that woman hear me roar, and if she loses, it will be perceived and played continuously that yet another woman was victimized by a man…

    Dana (24c3ba)

  23. Davis knows that many people perceive weakness in Abbott’s disability. [...] Here, she was mocking Abbott’s inability to walk, in a prepared statement, with no excuse that the reference to walking was a reference to her strengths. I think she knew exactly what she was doing

    I don’t understand why many people would vote against Abbot because of his inability to walk. And while I understand that if there are many such voters then it makes sense for Davis to play to them, I don’t understand why she should assume that they exist in the first place. It doesn’t make sense, except as “this is a dumb thing to believe; Texans are dumb, therefore they believe it”.

    (Even if Texans were dumb it wouldn’t follow that they believe every dumb proposition that can be stated. And I have no reason to believe that Texans are noticeably dumber than most people; the kind of governments they elect would seem to indicate they’re a hell of a lot smarter than my fellow New Yorkers.)

    Nora (b95258)

  24. Someone smarter than I will have to explain how the fact that Mr. Abbott is confined to a wheelchair is a dis-qualifier for the job, but when it came to the Dem’s deity FDR it was not an issue.

    Well, at the time they took pains to cover it up, so evidently they feared it would be an issue. I don’t understand why, but the 1930s is a foreign country with strange customs. However, nowadays nobody tries to hide the fact that FDR was a cripple, and nobody thinks less of him for it, so I’m with you in not understanding how they think it will be an issue for Abbot.

    Nora (b95258)

  25. Oops, those last two comments by “Nora” were mine. Nora used my computer last week to leave a comment on the “page 45″ thread.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  26. OT, but everybody should prepare for a special treat at tomorrow night’s SOTU. Democrats are expected to wear foam fingers, stick out their tongues and try to hump Obama.

    I’ll wait for the book.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  27. FWIW: Campaign contributions are considered a part of our 1st Amendment Rights. Abbott has a website, and it is relatively easy to make a small contribution. He has been the AG for Texas since 2002 and no one’s complained about his abilities. On any rational basis you’ve got to go with Abbott over Ms Davis. Her premier accommplishment to date is marrying a fellow 11 years older than herself and sticking with that “marriage” until the last check for her Harvard education cleared. Some sugar daddy website has endorsed her as she seemed to be an ideal role model for their younger female subscribers. Google “abbott texas governor” and give him the means to respond effectively to these subliminal smears.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  28. I disagree with this analysis, though, Pat.

    And yet, it’s a fair slogan in this campaign. Face it: Davis made her name on a filibuster. She is famous for “standing up.” It would be unfair to insist that she softsell that association simply because her opponent can’t stand up.

    I disagree precisely because as you yourself point out Wendy Davis intends to highlight Abbott’s disability. Therefore making her use of the word stand in any context a far more legitimate target of criticism than Huckabee’s mention of the word “libido” when talking about rejecting the fictional GOP “war on womyn” meme the left has manufactured.

    I would agree it were a fair slogan if Wendy Davis hadn’t made it clear in cases such as that prepared statement that raising the issue of Greg Abbot’s disability is a part of her campaign strategy. Indeed central to it. After that statement she released that deliberately referenced it, I think it’s not only fair but necessary to take a fresh look at all her prior references to it. In fact, she seems to be goading Abbot into making the fact he’s in a wheelchair his campaign issue. Her statements, and those of her supporters, along the lines of the idea that Greg Abbot doesn’t know what it’s like to overcome adversity prove that. As far as I can see they’re designed to dare Abbot to explain just how just how Abbott can demonstrate he knows how to overcome adversity. Like the line just before the one you highlighted:

    I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance.

    Neo-neocon has a little more on similar such statements, both from Davis herself and her allies:

    http://neoneocon.com/2014/01/22/more-from-the-wendy-davis-campaign-greg-abbott-what-does-he-know-of-struggle/

    Everything clearly is designed to make oblique references to Abbott’s disability to taunt him into making a direct reference to it, precisely because Democratic strategists believe people will see it as a weakness. She’ll feign innocence, as if she never referred to it at all.

    Since we all know that’s not the case at all, why should anyone give her the benefit of the doubt about anything? Including her choice of campaign slogans. As she continues to make mention of how Abbott doesn’t know what Davis knows about overcoming adversity, especially if they keep making references to standing and walking, they’ll prove me right. None of it was “fair” from the start.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  29. I don’t know whether Davis and her campaign intend these associations or not. They’re certainly venal enough to do that, and I agree with Patterico and DRJ that they’re almost certainly feeling pretty desperate. Davis’ one claim to political fame either within or without Texas — leading an unsuccessful filibuster to “stand up” for the rights of Texas women to continue aborting viable fetuses in clinics unequipped to perform even a legal colonoscopy — doesn’t poll very well in-state. She has no other accomplishments of any significance — until the abortion filibuster, she was a benchwarmer on a weak and shallow Democratic bench in the Texas Legislature — which is undoubtedly why she and her advisors felt compelled to build her campaign around her supposedly compelling “personal narrative.”

    But I don’t credit Davis or her advisors with particularly deep thinking, nor with a great deal of political sophistication. I think it’s more likely that they’re absolutely as clueless and and inexperienced as the superficial view of these missteps would suggest.

    The corollary to “nothing succeeds like success” is that nothing fails like sustained, dramatic failure. The Texas Democratic Party is, therefore, in deep and dysfunctional disarray. Texas elects twenty-seven positions on a statewide basis, including not only the governor and lieutenant governor, but also the members of the two top statewide appellate courts, a trio of railroad commissioners (yes, they’re still important), a comptroller, a general land office commissioner, an aggricultural commissioner, and an attorney-general. But despite this plethora of opportunities, no Texas Democrat has one any of these offices since 1994 — which appears to be the longest dry streak in American history.

    In Rick Perry’s 2010 gubernatorial opponent Bill White — a genuinely brilliant man with whom I had the pleasure of working on the Texas Law Review in 1978-1979 who but for term limits probably could’ve been reelected mayor of Houston for life — the Texas Democratic Party presented its most plausible candidate since Ann Richards’ hay-day. Yet Perry crushed White statewide, 55% to 42%.

    Wendy Davis is no Bill White.

    And objectively, Greg Abbott is a better candidate for 21st Century Texas than even record-breaking Rick Perry. After being appointed to serve out a vacant term as presiding judge of the 129th District Court of Harris County, Abbott won reelection to that seat in 1992. In his first two state-wide races, for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court, he received more votes than any other candidate for statewide office in 1996, an astonishing 84%, and over 60% of the statewide vote in 1998. His record-breaking three subsequent statewide elections as Texas Attorney General have also been with wide margins: 56.72% (+15.64%) in 2002, 59.50% (+22.26%) in 2006, and 64.06% (+30.40%) in 2010 (i.e., he ran substantially ahead of Perry). And Abbott has had no primary opposition in his statewide races, for good reason.

    In short, Texas voters statewide have gotten pretty danged accustomed to voting for Greg Abbott in every statewide election since 1996 — during all of which time he’s been in that wheelchair. Paraplegia or no, he’s repeatedly proved himself stronger’n train smoke, both as a state-wide public servant and as a state-wide candidate.

    Beldar (8ff56a)

  30. D’oh! “no Texas Democrat has one any of these offices since 1994″ –> “no Texas Democrat has won any of these offices since 1994.”

    Beldar (8ff56a)

  31. (And “hay-day” –> “hey-day,” although that doesn’t make sense to me.)

    Beldar (8ff56a)

  32. Good comment, Beldar, and an excellent analysis of modern Texas politics.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  33. Origin of heyday.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  34. Beldar, I can’t credit these people with a great deal of sophistication nor do I detect any deep insights. But I do know they make these associations, and then deny making these associations.

    A Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota criticized Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act by calling Justice Clarence Thomas “Uncle Thomas,” then saying he didn’t know “Uncle Tom” was a racist epithet.

    On his Twitter account Tuesday, state Rep. Ryan Winkler called the justices’ 5-4 ruling striking down a part of the law racist, and the work of “four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” Justice Thomas, who is black, was one of the five justices in the majority.

    …“I did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however,” he said.

    Former Rep. Allen West, a prominent black Republican, poured scorn on Mr. Winkler’s explanation and said the lawmaker should resign, noting the precedent of cooking-show host Paula Deen being fired and losing endorsement deals for admitting long-ago use of racial epithets.

    “If Paula Deen must resign so should MN Rep Winkler. Didn’t know Uncle Tom is racist slur? I’m sick of liberal hypocrisy,” he said on his Twitter account.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/25/democratic-lawmaker-hits-justice-uncle-thomas/#ixzz2rdf8x3QL
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

    They make these connections not because they have any insights into how people other than liberals think. They make these connections precisely because it’s how they think. They’ve established a pattern that demonstrates their views on these issues.

    There are whole groups of people who just wouldn’t be where they are without the liberal program. Without cradle to grave assistance compensating for their inherent inferiority. Life of Julia, and all that.

    Justice Thomas is a “race traitor” (and, yes, I’ve heard the term applied to him but it was easier to come up with an Uncle Tom reference, which is the same thing) for not being properly appreciative for the liberal largesse in the form of affirmative action. Without which he would never be where he is today. Ingrate.

    The democratic strategists do see Abbott’s disability as a weakness. They think everyone else does too. It wouldn’t be an issue if Abbott were running for office as a liberal democrat. That would demonstrate he’s properly grateful to his benefactors who gave him him success thanks to things like the ADA.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  35. More about heyday here.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  36. Wow! Rutty bully Ioly rutterkin heyda indeed! Thank you, DRJ, you’ve made today into a hey-day for my vocabulary expansion! :-)

    Beldar (8ff56a)

  37. I think the Democrats are trying to turn out new voters to help keep Obama’s policies from being overturned in 2014 and 2016. If so, then campaigns like this one by Davis in Texas aren’t intended to appeal to traditional voters. They want to appeal to people who don’t usually vote, especially the young but also single/divorced women, blacks, etc., who may respond to more charismatic, “normal” candidates than to someone who is disabled.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  38. And she had brown hair at Harvard Law. Still big, though.
    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 1/27/2014 @ 8:55 am

    Wasn’t there some talk that the color of her hair wasn’t the only thing that had undergone “enhancement”?

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  39. 29. …In short, Texas voters statewide have gotten pretty danged accustomed to voting for Greg Abbott in every statewide election since 1996 — during all of which time he’s been in that wheelchair. Paraplegia or no, he’s repeatedly proved himself stronger’n train smoke, both as a state-wide public servant and as a state-wide candidate.

    Comment by Beldar (8ff56a) — 1/27/2014 @ 1:25 pm

    I think Milhouse/Nora @23 has a point. I think these strategists do think Texans are dumb. Which is why they believe they’re capable of performing the Jedi mind-trick of all of a sudden planting the idea in people’s mind that the guy in the wheelchair isn’t up to the job.

    It’s sort of like how the same people who are castigating mean spirited conservatives for attacking Wendy Davis’ story of heroic single motherhood by dredging up the truth, that she was an unfit mother who lost custody of her two daughters and even had to have a judge issue a court order that she could not drink or take illegal drugs within 24 hours of or during her visits, would like us to forget they were calling Sarah Palin a bad mother for neglecting her children by even daring to campaign at all.

    http://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/democrats-viciously-attack-sarah-palin-as-terrible-mother/

    http://hennessysview.com/2008/08/29/democrat-hypocrisy-palins-a-bad-mother/

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  40. I don’t recall any of Abbott’s opponents making an issue of his disability or wheelchair in any previous campaigns. I guess we’ll see if it matters to Texas voters this November.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  41. ” They want to appeal to people who don’t usually vote, especially the young but also single/divorced women, blacks, etc., who may respond to more charismatic, “normal” candidates than to someone who is disabled.”

    Perhaps it’s the wording of the comment and I can understand attempting to reach certain demographics (young people, women, minorities, etc) but assuming Abbott is “abnormal” or that a wheelchair is what keeps voters away seems not only narrow minded but a slight as well.

    Is Texas really so bigoted?

    Dana (24c3ba)

  42. Get Abbott a pair of pink high-heeled shoes, like Davis’s, in his size. He wears them, and when asked, he says …

    Probably the best response is to ignore the question.

    htom (412a17)

  43. How can Davis’s campaign be desperate if they have never had a snowball’s chance in the first place?

    I don’t think Texas has ever had a better governor candidate than Abbott, and while we have had weaker candidates than Davis she is obviously going to do poorly.

    Texas will happily elect strong women to high office. But remember that Ann Richards won because she had more class than Clayton Williams. Decency matters.

    Davis will probably improve turnout for dems in a few house races in very blue districts, but if there is any other impact to the D’s benefit I’ll be very surprised.

    Dustin (303dca)

  44. OT, except it does have to do with Dems and Repubs in a sense…
    Maybe this is old to many of you, but new to me. I knew elephants could paint, but I always thought it was limited to more or less random colors, but here we have an elephant that can paint an…elephant:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQYEVQ4w7nw

    Now, two ways this involves politics,
    First, if you try to look up info about this phenomena, you find so much nonsense back and forth you don’t know what to believe. The range of commentary goes from “elephants on sentient beings like humans” to “these poor animals are tortured in being trained to do this, don’t support it, don’t buy their paintings”.
    Personally, I think it’s pretty neat even though they are trained, and I hope they are not mistreated.
    Second, note that it is an Elephant that has the ability to do a “self-portrait”, and not a Donkey!!!

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  45. Dustin,

    I’ve been reading and listening to big media go on about Texas turning blue and that the days of Cruz and Perry are coming to an end. Clearly a concerted effort by the usual suspects, but as a Texan on the ground, what do you think? Any serious grassroots movement outside of Austin actually happening toward that or are they trying to gin up a movement?

    Dana (24c3ba)

  46. 41. …assuming Abbott is “abnormal” or that a wheelchair is what keeps voters away seems not only narrow minded but a slight as well.

    Is Texas really so bigoted?

    Comment by Dana (24c3ba) — 1/27/2014 @ 2:48 pm

    I think the people who are running Wendy Davis’ campaign are that bigoted. It’s like the people on MSNBC, where it’s all race, all the time. Who then turn around and accuse others of being racists.

    It may be that they’re not deliberately trying to make the connection. But as Pat points out it is on their mind. I guess when you look at the world through oppressed grievance group colored glasses all the time you just can’t help yourself.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  47. Dana,

    I don’t think Texans are more bigoted than any other Americans but I don’t really know if that’s true. However, as the parent of a disabled child, I know first-hand that most Texans are very understanding about medical and behavioral disabilities. I also know some people are very uncomfortable with disabilities. My experience is anecdotal but the ones who seem most uncomfortable are young people and single women.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  48. I think it’s because they aren’t around disabled people much and it makes them uncomfortable.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  49. The logical conclusion is that Davis and her campaign decided they would not get hammered by the media for “Stand with Wendy”, and could go ahead. Not only would any Republican be savaged for the same thing, WE would be calling them stupid.

    The dice are way loaded, and if we don’t do something about it we are going to not only lose elections, we are going to lose this country.

    Ray Van Dune (63e9fe)

  50. Dana,

    I have some experience with a young family member who had Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome and was in a wheelchair for a year. Our experience wasn’t limited to Texas because we also spent time in the Midwest, and I can tell you for a fact that some people are very uncomfortable being around a person in a wheelchair. They avert their eyes, they act like the person isn’t even there, and they stare when they think you aren’t looking. It’s a natural reaction if you haven’t been around a disabled person, and I think that is what the Davis campaign is hoping to capitalize on.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  51. How did they treat Bob Dole, who lost his arm in the Po River, McCain who was beaten by the Vietcong and their DGI interrogators, or Stockdale, there’s you answer,

    narciso (3fec35)

  52. Golly, I wonder which Wendy would rather be regarded by the voter as:

    (a) a candidate that inadvertently “put her foot in her mouth” with her remarks, or

    (b)

    G Joubert (609fd7)

  53. (b) being: a candidate who intentinally mocks her opponent for being in a wheelchair.

    G Joubert (609fd7)

  54. FWIW, like Beldar, I don’t think Davis has a chance of winning this race. Abbott is well-qualified and has spent years as AG doing what the voters want, and I think he will win the Governor’s race easily. I don’t think Texans care if he’s in a wheelchair and, in fact, I think there will be a backlash against Davis and the Democrats because she seems to be trying to use Abbott’s disability against him. That’s why I don’t think this is about Davis or this election.

    I think the Democrats at Battleground Texas have shown Davis her dismal polls that show she has no chance, and they’ve convinced her that her only chance is to hope for a miracle. In the meantime, she’s being a good soldier and preparing the battlefield for 2014 and 2016 in the hope that someone will remember her sacrifice and give her something in return.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  55. Yup, DRJ. Wendy Davis is running for a cabinet post in the Hillary Clinton administration.

    Beldar (8ff56a)

  56. Well here we are. Everybody’s talking about Wendy again. She had sort of faded from the national consciousness there for a while and I had hoped she’d shot her wad, so to speak, that night in the statehouse wearing her pink tennies. I am deeply angry that politics has gotten to be so much about (and for) identity groups that voters hardly even seem to consider actual qualifications for an office any more–only that the candidate is a woman or a cripple or a gay person or a wise Latina or a Black or a “Cherokee”.

    I fervently hope Dustin and Beldar are correct that Texans will not fall for this manufactured Wendy bravely fights the War on Women crap, but I’m afraid I am not so confident. This is part of an orchestrated national Dem theme and they’ve been positioning it for several years with the media helpfully reinforcing it at every opportunity.

    elissa (50983c)

  57. elissa @57. …this manufactured Wendy bravely fights the War on Women crap, but I’m afraid I am not so confident. This is part of an orchestrated national Dem theme and they’ve been positioning it for several years…

    The theme really is “danger to legal abortion”

    The idea is to make those people who are pro-legal abortion as much single issue voters as pro-life voters might be.

    And we saw this in the 2012 Vice-presidential debate.

    http://www.npr.org/2012/10/11/162754053/transcript-biden-ryan-vice-presidential-debate

    MS. RADDATZ: I want to go back to the abortion question here. If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?

    REP. RYAN: We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people, through their elected representatives and reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process, should make this determination.

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: The court — the next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That’s how close Roe v. Wade is.

    Just ask yourself: With Robert Bork being the chief adviser on the court for — for Mr. Romney, who do you think he’s likely to appoint? Do you think he’s likely to appoint someone like Scalia or someone else on the court, far right, that would outlaw Planned — excuse me — outlaw abortion? I suspect that would happen. (!)

    Now a court is very unlikely to do what the West German Supreme Court once did, and say that abortion could not be legal. Overturning Roe v Wade just sets the law to neutral. And it was more than one justice away.

    Biden, continuing…

    I guarantee you that will not happen. We picked two people. We picked people who are open-minded. They’ve been good justices. So keep an eye on the Supreme Court —

    REP. RYAN: Was there a litmus test on them?

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: There was no litmus test. We picked people who had an open mind, did not come with an agenda.

    Doubletalk. At least Senator Schumer is a little bit more honest, or less ridiculous.

    And in fact they try to get this issue into every election .

    Sometimes they go further and mischaracterize this as being opposed to women. But they mean abortion, sometimes hinting at contraception.

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)

  58. Actually maybe what we have here is Biden trying to pretend that Roe v Wade was justified by what is in the constitution.

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)

  59. Since the war on women plays well nationally, it would be logical for Davis to make it her platform. Someone up thread mentioned she hadn’t done anything else other than filibuster but because it was to support abortion, she really doesn’t have to have done anything else. That’s enough for a large segment of voters. Cause célèbre . You bet she’s on Emily’s List.

    Dana (24c3ba)

  60. Of course what plays well nationally doesn’t mean it will in Texas as Texans here would and have attested to.

    Dana (24c3ba)

  61. Why are we attacking lefties when we could be spending our capital focusing on how Chris Christie and Mitt Romney are actually secret liberals ?

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  62. 57. …This is part of an orchestrated national Dem theme and they’ve been positioning it for several years with the media helpfully reinforcing it at every opportunity.

    Comment by elissa (50983c) — 1/27/2014 @ 4:25 pm

    There’s no possibility that Texans will fall for it in 2014. But as you say they’ve been prepping the battlefield for years. Another part of the scheme is to import a population that will believe the Big Lie. Hence the push for amnesty.

    Damn Berthold Brecht for giving these people the idea!

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-solution/

    After the uprising of the 17th June
    The Secretary of the Writers Union
    Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
    Stating that the people
    Had forfeited the confidence of the government
    And could win it back only
    By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
    In that case for the government
    To dissolve the people
    And elect another?

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  63. Maybe Abbot ought to make a point of it. Bumper shicers that say “Roll with Abbot” or maybe just a couple of wagon wheels.

    Kevin M (536c5d)

  64. *stickers

    Kevin M (536c5d)

  65. Abbott was on Greta tonight and he really took it to Davis and her camp about mocking people with disabilities.

    However, I think Greta made the better point that Davis is getting away with making an almost subliminal message about Abbott that would be unforgivable if the roles were reversed.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  66. War on Women Wheelchairs.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  67. It’s a war on young men and young women… many of whom – unfortunately – are just now awakening to the fact that their futures have been stolen right out from under them. This country is being sold down the river.

    Colonel Haiku (3d8d5b)

  68. #9

    Yes

    That paper is a hoot.

    steveg (794291)

  69. the tipping point was November 2012 and it’s all downhill from there.

    Colonel Haiku (3d8d5b)

  70. 64. Comment by Steve57 (dcc128) — 1/27/2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Another part of the scheme is to import a population that will believe the Big Lie. Hence the push for amnesty.

    The scare tactic that the Republicans are not in favor of amnesty and want to deport people is, by and large, NOT a lie.

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)

  71. democRats complaining that it’s unfair to think Abortion Barbie and her fiends are mocking Abbott when they are using such common terms that obviously couldn’t be interpreted as such coming from such loving, caring individuals as they are is pretty rich. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    I think we should describe them as TARGETING Texas as a potential swing state. It’s safe to say they have the Lone Star State in the CROSSHAIRS, nationally. I bet they are really hoping to hit a BULLSEYE.

    What a violent group they are.

    arik (02de93)

  72. So when Abbott crushes Davis in the election, I hope some media outlet has the brass to headline it “ABBOTT ROLLS OVER DAVIS”.

    If not I’ll at least put it on my FB status.

    Of course, if I had been in charge of headlines when George W. Bush defeated Ann Richards’ reelection attempt, I would have run with “RICHARDS’ LEAVES WITH SILVER BOOT IN BUTT”.

    Eric (0ebc49)

  73. Comment by Kevin M (536c5d) — 1/27/2014 @ 6:32 pm

    Agreed. Candidates need to have the wisdom and grace to turn an attack around and make something positive out of it; rather than being on defense, be on counterattack, especially if it isn’t so much an “attack”, but just a way to take charge of the momentum for yourself.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  74. Sammy, the big lie is the cultural marxism behind the false “war on wymynz” meme. Among other grievance groups the gender and ethnic studies departments from sea to shining sea have been diligently promoting as the new proletariat oppressed by the evil white male patriarchy that is the new and hot substitute for the old and tired bourgeoisie.

    Try to keep up about what the Big Lie consists of.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  75. I’ll bet she parks in handicapped parking spaces.

    Fred Z (efcd4e)

  76. 72. 64. Comment by Steve57 (dcc128) — 1/27/2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Another part of the scheme is to import a population that will believe the Big Lie. Hence the push for amnesty.

    The scare tactic that the Republicans are not in favor of amnesty and want to deport people is, by and large, NOT a lie.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (8b8667) — 1/27/2014 @ 6:50 pm

    You do realize that your contention is nonsensical on many different levels? No?

    Actually, I didn’t think you would realize it.

    Starting with the basic fact that the liberals expect the GOP to give them everything they need to import and legalize the population they need to fundamentally transform the country so that by 2030 or so they’ll have the electorate in Texas that will believe the big lie.

    It’s sort of nonsensical to claim it’s not a lie that the Republicans are against amnesty and want to deport people when the whole plan to turn Texas into a battleground state 10 years or so down the road depends upon the Republicans doing the exact opposite of what you claim they want.

    But then I still don’t know how many suns burn in the sky over planet Finkelman.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  77. 77. I’ll bet she parks in handicapped parking spaces.

    Comment by Fred Z (efcd4e) — 1/27/2014 @ 7:09 pm

    Somebody should do a search to see if Davis has gotten any tickets for doing exactly that.

    It would make a great commercial to note that some gold-digging, entitled, self-important Harvard educated lawyer is accusing Greg Abbott of not knowing what it’s like to overcome adversity while stealing his parking spaces.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  78. I got a better one. She calls the police on handicapped people who park in normal people’s parking spaces.

    nk (dbc370)

  79. “It’s a war on young men and young women… many of whom – unfortunately – are just now awakening to the fact that their futures have been stolen right out from under them.”

    Colonel – No Child Left A Dime!

    If Obama had a city it would look like Detroit.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  80. 80. I got a better one. She calls the police on handicapped people who park in normal people’s parking spaces.

    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 1/27/2014 @ 7:18 pm

    “Greg Abbott doesn’t know what it’s like to struggle cuz he never got the bill for fixing the paint on my Benz after some damned crippled guy in a wheelchair scratched it trying to get out of Ford Ranger.”

    Wendy Davis, humanitarian.

    Steve57 (dcc128)

  81. #9

    quixotic defined

    I feel bad for the guy. He tried to challenge the way the Democrats rule the vote in campus towns. The district was gerrymandered to join the rural more sparsely populated area of the county with Isla Vista and UCSB. The two regions could not be more at odds…

    Anyway, whatever they say, the vote stinks… maybe it isn’t fraud, but somehow way more people voted in IV than are registered there and the explanation of the anomaly being entirely due to provisional ballots may be right, but something about it stinks.

    What the democrats are saying is “no, we didn’t cheat, we just gamed the system to the point of over 100% accuracy. ha ha ha”.
    Well the democrats did have a great ground game, and the university professors campaigned and organized from the lectern for the candidates on our dime.

    And yeah I’m a sore loser.
    We’ve got a horrible US representative in Lois Capps, Das Williams in Assembly and Hannah Beth-Jackson in the State senate.
    I watched this county turn from staunch conservative to raging liberal in less than 30 years and the liberals are ruining the place.

    Anyway, the attorney that noted that Pappas had managed to turn a $200K judgement into a $750K had the best line.

    steveg (794291)

  82. The second quote is from a Battleground Texas volunteer who also theatrically puts her hands over her ears when someone else in the room talking about possible illegal activity having to do with voter registration.

    That volunteer… is a lawyer? So much for “officer of the court”.

    malclave (1db6c5)

  83. Well Cilizza is Journolist, but there is a larger point;

    http://neoneocon.com/2014/01/23/why-wendy-davis-lies-might-matter-according-to-the-wapo/

    narciso (3fec35)

  84. Dustin,

    I’ve been reading and listening to big media go on about Texas turning blue and that the days of Cruz and Perry are coming to an end. Clearly a concerted effort by the usual suspects, but as a Texan on the ground, what do you think? Any serious grassroots movement outside of Austin actually happening toward that or are they trying to gin up a movement?

    Comment by Dana (24c3ba) — 1/27/2014 @ 3:17 pm

    Last time George W Bush was in public in Dallas he got a standing ovation. I know of several groups of young adults in the Austin area, both conservative and liberal, and things seem about the same as ever except that the conservatives are much more motivated lately. Most of the movement for state and local politics seems based on rooting out RINOs. Just my gut impression, but democrat youth are not boasting about Obama that much.

    I know a couple of die hard Hillary 2016 fans, both government employees, but I see basically no praise for Obama from them (no coat-tails). I think Texas is redder, and the only reason dems might see differently in statistics is because the GOP had a candidate who was out of step with Texas in the last general election.

    I remember with Bush that much of the disapproval was that he wasn’t conservative enough. The dems never parse that out. Disapproval of a Republican is interpreted as a mandate for hope and change, but that’s wishful thinking.

    Dustin (0f33d2)

  85. R.I.P. Pete Seeger
    Ya gotta admire the pluck of a man that lived long enough to observe all of the deaths attributable to Communism and yet remained convinced that Central Authority was the key to making life better for us all.

    Icy (6da081)

  86. A lot of pixels are being wasted on the cocooned Internet on a non-contest. A liberal abortionist couldn’t win a statewide contest in Texas in ’14, in a non presidential year no less, when minority turnout will be lower, even if her life literally depended upon it. Davis is the Ron Kirk of this election cycle. That aside, the whole “stand with Wendy” nonsense is a combination of factors that make up the mental disorder otherwise known as leftism: projection and transference. It’s also simply a case of tone deaf people being tone deaf and not being able to see out of their own cloudy bubbles.

    Lawrence Westlake (48fb95)

  87. No Child Left A Dime!
    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 1/27/2014 @ 7:50 pm

    That’s clever.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  88. I’m interested in this, and against this lady, because of her extreme positions on abortions. Articulated during the filibuster. She wants abortion on demand at any time during the pregnancy. Last day of the third trimester. To hell with her, and to hell with all her supporters. And I’ve seen them. Few of them need worry about pregnancy, wanted or unwanted. Because of their age, because of their sexual proclivities, because of their nasty personalities, because they’re butt ugly. They have made a religion of abortion and promote it as a good thing. I want them, and her, stomped on hard. I hope the people of Texas will do that.

    nk (dbc370)

  89. Icy, I was thinking about your comment a bit ago.
    I’ve said before that I think there is some good in what I will call the “liberal impulse”. One sees something bad in life and wants it fixed. Nothing at all wrong with that. Then one realizes that so many people are being selfish, mean, and stupid, or just foolish, so you want someone to take charge and make it better.
    That’s where a problem comes in. Many would like to think that if we just got the right people in charge and gave them the power to fix everything, they would. So the failures of central planning to date have not been an indictment of the idea itself, but just examples of the right people not yet getting their chance. But since the problems aren’t going away, there remains the hope that, “Finally, someone who is going to fix the mess!!!”, and hence we get “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for (read, “I am the one you’ve been waiting for.)”
    It is indeed a messianic vision, trying to fulfill a messianic hope.
    The problem persists, because there is not, nor will there ever be, on this earth a mere human who is wise enough, knowing enough, and good enough to “make everything better”; the problem is too big for that. Some see evil and think that is a reason to disbelieve in God. In one way, such people do not take evil seriously enough. Really, do you think “somebody’s neighbor” is going to emerge that will overcome the selfishness of 6+ billion hearts? I don’t think so.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  90. 83. Comment by steveg (794291) — 1/27/2014 @ 8:52 pm

    but somehow way more people voted in IV than are registered there and the explanation of the anomaly being entirely due to provisional ballots may be right,

    Either there were, or there weren’t, a lot of provisional ballots cast.

    What happened to them afterwards?

    Pappas is being accusd of by the lawyer for is opponentof making claims that were “frivolous and tantamount to an intentional misleading of the Court.”

    but something about it stinks.

    They registerd a lot of college students. They will stay on the rolls long after they have left.

    Were there a lot of absentee ballots cast?

    This was a controversy in 2012. I found an article by someone who said he was there in 2008 (this concerns the 2008 election) and he says there was no false voting. I would think any problems would be with absentee ballots.

    Pappas had asked for every single vote cast for his opponent in Isla Vista to be thrown out.

    What the democrats are saying is “no, we didn’t cheat, we just gamed the system to the point of over 100% accuracy. ha ha ha”.

    Possible in a college town. This is one reason also for the opposition to voter ID, although maybe not in California, as the ID will show a residence in a different state, or at least a different address, and people don’t want to go through the inconvenience of changing that just in order to vote. If they can use college ID it is not such a big problem.

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)

  91. I’ve done enough work on campaigns to call shenanigans on this one.

    Back in the fall, I worked on a Congressional primary for a special election. We had an entire strategy session devoted to “Not letting the candidate put his foot in his mouth.”

    We tried to double-check everything that went out the door; at one point, I tossed a bunch of flyers that had a really awkward misspelling on them.

    This was not some campaign that has millions in funding; it was a primary campaign. But we still worked really hard to make sure that we didn’t come off as amateur, nasty, or careless.

    If this were truly accidental, who cares? Heads should be rolling anyway. Wendy Davis, with your millions in campaign funding, you can’t hire someone to look over your press releases?

    bridget (a44b32)

  92. Comment by Steve57 (dcc128) — 1/27/2014 @ 7:13 pm

    It’s sort of nonsensical to claim it’s not a lie that the Republicans are against amnesty and want to deport people when the whole plan to turn Texas into a battleground state 10 years or so down the road depends upon the Republicans doing the exact opposite of what you claim they want.

    No, the plan is based on the idea that the number and proportion of citizen Hispanics in any case eligible to vote will grow because of births and legal immigration, which does exist, and that’s going to be the majority of the increase.

    And in fact there will be very little deportation – but that Republicans will be anathema to Hispanics (and their friends, acquaintances, co-workers, romantic partners, fellow students and church members – as time goes on, failure to pass the amnesty, or at least the Dream Act is going to affect more and more people.) so they won’t vote for any Republican.

    Unlike the case with George W. Bush where he got dsomething like 40% of that vote.

    Now Texas Republicans are not against amnesty the way California Republicans are.

    The big problem is, a lot of them are stuck ion the logic trap of saying if there is a good case for amnesty now, there will be a good case in the future, and they want to be able to say it won’t happen again, and there’s no way.

    They have to give up this idea of it not happening again.

    (Supposedly this would not happen again because of enforcement, except that, besides the measures being unpleasant, and bankrupting businesses here and there, everyone admits it won’t and can’t work. And if it did work, if you have an administration that you don’t trust to do it, it would stop working as soon as the goal was reached. Right?)

    All these people talking about enforcement know this is a goal that can never be reached, like the way a donkey can never reach the carrot.

    The experiment of enforcing the law more as a condition for amnesty is over. Obama tried that, he really did. I don’t know why people are in denial on this, except, that, of course, it’s never enough.

    “Comprehensive immigration reform” is dead.

    Everything will have to pass Congress on its own merits: amnesty, partial or total, for people who came as adults or people who came as children, more legal immigration, any lowering of family immigration, and enforcement.

    Nothing can be held hostage to anything else. No votes will be gained by combining different issues into the same bill.

    The Republican Party wants to pass something, but, as Peggy Noonan says, it can’t be grudging, (or they won’t take this issue off the table.)

    Maybe only an open split in the republican party can take this off the table. That may be one possible 2016 strategy for the Democrats.

    The difference between the Democratic scare tactics on this issue, and the Democratic scare tactics on other issues, is that here you have many Republicans quite openly being exactly the “monsters” the Democrats claim they are, and nobody in the Republican Party is ready to read them the riot act..

    They don’t need to exaggerate. Very much.

    Of course are a little bit scared of being honest so they accuse Republicans of being anti-Hispanic, instead of being idiots caught in a logic trap. Go explain that.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  93. I still say that, although Greg Abbott hasn’t stood a day in the shoes of the woman Wendy Davis is pretending to be, but neither has she.

    NeoCon_1 (5a5908)

  94. Please stop playing this stupid victimhood game. There is no widespread prejudice against people with ambulatory limitations. On the contrary, Americans make way for us, give us the best parking spaces, give us hands holding doors and changing tires, and such. Maybe there is someplace where it’s funny to pick on the disabled but that place isn’t Texas, or anyplace in the USA or Canada.

    Don’t change the topic from the point’s Wendy raises. Has Abbott walked a mile in her shoes? Has Abbott ever driven a woman, not his mom, into debt to pay his bills? Has he arranged to place any of his children with better parents? I’ve sometimes thought I’m a bad parent, and that maybe I should send my kids to live with my mom. I bet other parents sometimes think the same thing. But Wendy, she pulled the trigger on that with her ex. You, me, Abbott, we should all stand, yes stand in awe.

    johnl (a36123)

  95. In case there was any doubt, does this not clarify that Dave Weigel is no conservative and no libertarian, and that he wasn’t admitted to the original “Journ-O-List” propaganda cabal by accident. He only ratted them out because he felt he was being disrespected after being assigned by WaPo to cover conservative activities.

    As for Wendy, I notice little is mentioned of her adultery and drinking and drug abuse.

    And, to paraphrase Kanye West,

    I ain’t sayin’ she’s a gold-digger
    But you don’t see her with no broke lawyer

    Estragon (19fa04)

  96. Abbott benifited very well from a civil case related to the accident which put him in that wheelchair, and then legislated from the bench to deny others the right to obtain the same sort of remedy. That fact is the corporate mouthpiece’s achilles heel as it were.

    The Kangaroo (4cb514)

  97. Oooooo, the Liar’s Shills are out in force.

    SPQR (768505)

  98. I think Hallmark or American Greetings should bring out a special Mother’s Day card for the Wendy Davis’s. “Gee, Mom, sorry I caused you so much trouble by being born.”

    nk (dbc370)

  99. Nk wins the internet with that one ^^^

    Chuck Bartowski (11fb31)

  100. SPQR – that is a version of a common refrain from the hate-filled leftists.

    JD (a07d67)

  101. 98. Comment by The Kangaroo (4cb514) — 1/29/2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Abbott benifited very well from a civil case related to the accident which put him in that wheelchair, and then legislated from the bench to deny others the right to obtain the same sort of remedy. That fact is the corporate mouthpiece’s achilles heel as it were.

    Tghis seems to be one ofthe tropes against Abbott, but they don’t explain the details. Maybe the cases were not exactly the same. Also, this does not goive anyone a chance to evaluate which position was right.

    Sammy Finkelman (8b8667)


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