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The New Wendy Davis Political Ad: Opponent’s Paralysis And Wheelchair Fair Game

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:03 pm

[guest post by Dana]

In her uphill fight for Texas governor, Wendy Davis hit a new low with her political ad to be released tomorrow:

The 30-second TV spot cited the accident that left her opponent, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, partially paralyzed and suggested he had profited from his misfortune while denying other victims the same remedy.

“A tree fell on Greg Abbott,” the ad’s narrator states, referring to the 1984 incident, which occurred when Abbott was jogging during a storm. “He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims.”

Terrific response from @Nathan Wurtzel to Davis:

You know, you could have aborted that ad anytime before it went public. Legal even in Texas.


12 Responses to “The New Wendy Davis Political Ad: Opponent’s Paralysis And Wheelchair Fair Game”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  2. even if it’s true he’d make a better governor than she would i think

    she’s really stupid

    happyfeet (a785d5)

  3. Meanwhile, Malala wins a well deserved Nobel Peace prize.

    felipe (40f0f0)

  4. RCP has Abbott polling about 11 pts ahead of Wendy. Does that pretty much track with what you are feeling, reading, seeing in Texas? Has she gotten any important endorsements? This wheelchair ad is despicable. Is it actually being shown on TV?

    elissa (b69310)

  5. According to the article, elissa, it’s a 30 minute TV spot. Why her campaign thought this was a good idea is beyond me.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  6. Twitchy lays some perspective on the situation,

    Gazzer (2b41bf)

  7. 5. I really think many on the partisan left have lost their minds, Dana. They view those to the right of them as full out permanent enemies, not political adversaries for the duration of a campaign season. They are just not able to see things clearly and especially seem to increasingly lack filters that monitor for decency or that should clue them in when they are going too far or are badly misreading some situations.

    Another example: Dana Milbank in a cynical and offensive interview today expressed his shock and disbelief that republicans in congress might actually care that the current president of the United States was not getting competent protection from the secret service. He insinuated it was merely a political ploy that they wanted an investigation. Yes. He actually went there. Projection much, Mr. Milbank??

    elissa (b69310)

  8. Double post. That’s what happens when you spend a couple of hours working up a post without checking to see if anyone else has posted on the same topic.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  9. if you want I can call Wendy a big stupidhead in the thread for your post too

    happyfeet (a785d5)

  10. Guys. You don’t understand.

    This isn’t advertising being done to actually try to win the election. If that were the standard the Dems would have stopped wasting time and money on Wendy Davis a long time ago.

    This is not advertising designed to keep Republicans home. It’s not advertising designed to persuade anyone who’s on the fence or amenable to persuasion. This is not advertising for ticket-splitters, of whom there are still a few in Texas.

    No sir, no ma’am. This is advertising designed to rally the very core of the Democrat base who already believe this sort of crap anyway. It’s about getting enough Dems to the polls in Texas that the Democratic Party can continue pretending to be a major political force across this state (and not just in the top two or three most populous counties on years with a strong Dem at the top of a presidential ticket).

    My grandfather and father were lonely Texas Republicans in the 1920s-1970s. I was a Texas Young Republican in high school. But the Democratic Party in Texas today is in far worse shape than the GOP was at any time in the 20th Century.

    Honest to goodness, Wendy was about the best player on the Democratic bench in Texas. They don’t have anyone else as credible [cough] as she is. This is the best they can do right now, and she’s going to lose by a historic margin.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  11. Mr. feet, believe it or not, Wendy Davis is a much sharper tool than her running-mate for lieutenant governor. She’s someone who I worry might drown if left outdoors with her mouth agape staring at a rainstorm.

    Beldar (fa637a)

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