Republicans are obsessed with messaging. They are not nearly as obsessed with actual policy and legislation. You can see a perfect example of this in Texas politics right now, in the race for Texas Governor between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis.
Recently, Republicans have been outraged by a campaign commercial from Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis that bombards viewers with pertinent facts that intend to make Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott look like a hypocritical bastard.
Republican Greg Abbott once argued that a woman whose leg was amputated was not disabled because she had an artificial limb. He also once ruled against a rape victim who was suing a corporation for failing to do background checks on a sexual predators. When a hospital was accused of failing to stop a dangerous surgeon who paralyzed patients, of course Republican Greg Abbott sided with the hospital.
None of that matters to Republicans, of course! What matter is that Wendy Davis DARED to mention these things in a political ad!! That is obviously a low blow. Good Republicans know that political ads are not supposed to contain “facts” about the opposing candidate! Political ads are just for things like ISIS beheadings and made up stories about Obamacare.
Even worse, however, was that Wendy Davis’ ad features a picture of a…. wheelchair similar to the one that Greg Abbott uses!
Outrage! Terror! Scandal! Wendy Davis is doing something that might remind people that Greg Abbott is in a wheelchair!
Now, one might point out that Greg Abbott has featured his wheelchair in his own political ads. Local conservative talk show hosts have even speculated that maybe Abbott should “play up” his disability and that it would “cancel out” the “unfair advantage” Wendy Davis has for “being a woman”.
(If that sentence doesn’t make sense, don’t worry: that’s talk radio for you.)
But that’s all besides the point! It is despicable for Wendy Davis to remind voters that Greg Abbott had an tragic accident, sued to get himself millions of dollars, and then dedicated his life to increasing the misery of other victims of crime and misfortune!
All in an ad that points out Abbott’s actual history with the way he treats people with disabilities!
“It’s just disgusting!” say the Republican.
Now, please excuse them while they get back to handing out Wendy “Abortion Barbie” David posters…