Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vapor Rub

Unless you don’t have a TV or live in a place where there is no one up for election on November 4, get ready for an onslaught of political ads.  And they won’t be the “Morning in America” ones, either.

One is drawing national attention: the one being run by Wendy Davis for Texas governor wherein she points out that her opponent, Greg Abbott, uses a wheelchair.  Mr. Abbott was injured in a freak accident, sued, and obtained millions of dollars in a settlement.  Now as the attorney general of Texas, Ms. Davis is saying that Mr. Abbott used his office to fight against people who are suing for the kind of damages he won.

Of course the Very Serious People inside the Beltway are all twitterpated that the ad is beyond the pale.  Actually, it’s not.  It doesn’t mock him for being disabled; in fact, Mr. Abbott himself ran an ad touting his disability.  I suspect the reason Joe Scarborough and the rest of the chinwaggers are having the vapors is because they didn’t think a Democrat would actually get out there and call out Mr. Abbott for his hypocrisy about his own disability.

I don’t hold out a lot of hope for Ms. Davis to be the next governor of Texas, but I will give her and her campaign a lot of credit for taking on the Texas GOP machine and not pulling her punches.