That Wendy Davis Wheelchair Ad Isn’t as Bad as The GOP Wants You to Think It Is

Wendy Davis wheelchair ad, wheelchair ad is about hypocrisy, Greg AbbottThe GOP wants you to think that Wendy Davis is a terrible person for talking about her opponent’s wheelchair.

Texas Republicans want voters in the Lone Star State to assume that Davis, who is the Democrat running for governor there, has stooped to an all time low for daring to mention the disability of her opponent, Greg Abbott, as a way to gain votes.

As usual, that ain’t the whole story.

The party that believes it’s acceptable to refer to Davis as a prostitute, among other things, is hoping that voters will only pay attention to their faux outrage and ignore the fact that the commercial isn’t about asking the voters to choose her because Abbott can’t walk. The ad, in fact, is about Abbott’s personal hypocrisy:

That sort of changes the GOP outrage, doesn’t it?

One has to wonder how a person who suffered such a horrible accident, and was able to use the court system to his advantage, could spend his career denying that same opportunity to others. And Texas voters should be thinking a lot between now and election day about just exactly what kind of governor he’d make if he’s been willing to spend his life portraying plaintiffs, not so different from him, as unworthy of the same justice he received.

Whether a person is a hypocrite is fair game in the political arena. It gives you a glimpse into what a person is really like and how they are likely to act when they are governing.

Seems like a lot of “crying wolf” from a party who has felt free to attack Davis as manipulative shrew, a mother who abandons her children, a whore, and an “abortion zealot,” just to name a few lovely attack phrases Republicans have lobbed at her.

Buckle up, Texas. If, as many think, Abbott is going to be your next governor, people who need the state’s help probably can’t expect much empathy or support from him.

Image via statesman.com

  • Martha Teitelbaum

    Thanks for excellent summary of what the real story is!

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