Wendy Davis: ‘In stark contrast to Mr. Abbott, I stood….’ Ouch. (Video)

AUSTIN, TX, October 21, 2014 (TheRightsWriter.com) — Wendy Davis finally decided she needed to get her campaign moving, even if it was in the wrong direction. Davis elicited strong public backlash after airing a campaign ad calling attention to the fact that her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott, is in a wheelchair. However, the media have missed the fact that Davis and her supporters had been raising Abbott’s disability in subtle ways months before her over-the-top campaign commercial.

The latest ad pushed the media over the edge by its crass and distasteful nature. The ad references Abbott’s condition, questions his commitment to helping other disabled people, and objectifies Abbott as an empty wheelchair. (Note to Clint Eastwood: Be sure to demand royalties.) Aside from the New York Times‘ decision to run interference — claiming “Mr. Abbott effectively opened the door for Ms. Davis’s depiction of the wheelchair in her ad” — few people would defend the spot, even at MSNBC.

Abbott brilliantly parried, saying, “My reaction is if she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that’s her prerogative” and later responding with his own ad.

But Davis’ disability dance began much earlier, and her rage pushed it to the point of a subliminal meme during their first debate.

At 5:45 of their one-hour debate, she said, “In stark contrast to Mr. Abbott, I stood in protest….” She used variations of this attack numerous times throughout their exchanges. Ouch. (Aside: Is it just me, or does her. Stilted. Halting. Speech. Sound. Overly. Rehearsed?)

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At that point, many people outside Texas may not have known that the attorney general is wheelchair-bound:


(Greg Abbott at left, seated, permanently.)
It would be different if that chain of references were the first time the subject had come up, but Davis’ supporters had drawn attention to Abbott’s condition months earlier. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released undercover footage of Battleground Texas — the organization designed to “turn Texas blue” and that seems to have a lax attitude toward voter fraud — repeatedly mocking the Republican candidate’s paralysis.

“I’m really wondering how this is going to work out, since he’s in a wheelchair and most the slogans are ‘Stand with Wendy,’” one Battleground Texas operative, supporting Davis, said. Another said, “What I think is amazing is he is in a wheelchair, but he has no sympathy for anyone or anyway,” presaging the ill-conceived ad’s message.

Those comments caused such justified disgust that Abortion Barbie was forced to issue a personal statement to the Texas Tribune calling the comments “abhorrent.” Apparently where Davis is from, “abhorrent” means “worth repeating.”

Who would have thought that someone whose claim to fame was standing for more than 11 hours to prevent Texas from protecting unborn children from a searingly painful death might be a little insensitive?

Ben Johnson is U.S. Bureau Chief of LifeSiteNews.com, the guest host of Nothing But Truth with Crane Durhamon AFR Talk Radio, and the author of three books. His personal website is TheRightsWriter.com. Connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.