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Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:13 AM

Greg Abbott's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend

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By Carol Morgan

Poor Greg Abbott! He can’t catch a break these last three days. It’s certainly no bedtime story like Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It's more like a campaign nightmare.

On Thursday, Abbott lost his fight to defend $5.4 billion in education cuts as the Texas school finance system was ruled unconstitutional.

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that HB2 (the law shutting down women’s health clinics) was unconstitutional.

Worst of all, Abbott unwisely decided to back out of his commitment to a previously agreed-upon debate with his opponent, Wendy Davis. His campaign manager claimed it was because of the roundtable format which has no response time limits, but in May, it was quite a different story.

Abbott sent a letter accepting WFAA’s terms of the debate, along with the cheery statement, “We’ve made our personal engagement with voters a focal point.”

Yeah, right.

The controversy worsened because it was announced on a Friday before a long weekend. Abbott mistakenly believed he could sequester himself from the political repercussions of his decision, but there was some fall-out, plenty of it.

One Ft Worth columnist tweeted that it was because Abbott “didn’t come off well on TV.” A member of his own party, Republican Senator Robert Corona commented that Mr. Abbott either couldn’t or wouldn’t defend his side on the issues.

We won’t know until September 2nd or 3rd as to when or even if there will be a televised debate between Davis and Abbott. Abbott wins; Texas loses.

When Abbott back-pedaled and announced he would agree to another debate (although not the previous one, no one knew which debate he was talking about), Harvey Kronberg of the Quorum Report shamed the AG, commenting that Abbott was “looking an awful lot like Clayton Williams refusing to shake Ann Richard's hand”, claiming “it looks like the Abbott Campaign is the one that can't shoot straight.”

If I were Greg Abbott, I’d definitely want to avoid debating Wendy Davis. First of all, Mr. Abbott’s not exactly the most charismatic speaker (bless his heart!) and the camera doesn’t love him very much.

But the most important question is this: What is it that Greg Abbott could defend in a debate?

Would he really want to defend his record in front of a television camera with millions of Texans watching? That he “gets up every morning and sues the federal government?”

His record of cutting funding to education, siding against rape victims, allowing his campaign donors to pilfer CPRIT, money that was meant for cancer victims? His record of taking money from the Koch dynasty in return for doing nothing about regulations that would prevent another West explosion? His records of siding with political insiders over hardworking Texans?

Perhaps he worries over losing two court cases? Or that he leads Wendy Davis by only eight points? Or is it his involvement in CPRIT? And with good reason, the CPRIT fiasco’s already taken down Teflon-Rick a notch or two; perhaps others will follow.

Ms. Davis has requested multiple statewide debates, but Abbott only committed to two—one in McAllen and one in Dallas. The Dallas debate scheduled for the end of September would have reached 83% of all Texas voters. So now we’re down to one single debate, and that’s exactly how Abbott wants it; as little exposure as possible about his record would be a mark in the "win" column.

If we examine the GOP candidates down the ballot, avoiding debates seems to be their “thing”.

Dan Patrick has scheduled only a SINGLE debate with Leticia Van de Putte, yet when he ran in the GOP primary for Lieutenant Governor, he participated in over twenty debates.

Glenn Hegar won’t respond to Mike Collier’s debate requests.

And Ken Paxton? Maybe he’s afraid to debate Sam Houston because he admitted to committing a felony. Or could it be his possible disbarment? It’s hard to believe that a candidate with two pending strikes could even be considered for the office of Texas Attorney General.

All the Texas GOP candidates are afraid to debate because their extremist agenda will reveal itself in the spirited context of a televised discussion (emphasis mine). No meaningless buzz words like “family values” and “border security” can camouflage the facts and the truth.

The people of Texas deserve to hear from the candidates running for the office of governor and every race down the ballot. They want to hear about the issues that Texans face and how the candidates will solve them.

Only then can they make some thoughtful choices for the right candidate for Texas' future. We have only 66 days to think on it.

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2014-08-30/greg-abbotts-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-weekend#.VAKsjmNgD2S

Permission granted to post this blog in its entirety. Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

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Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Read her work at the Houston Press and MetroLeader News Service. Email Carol at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

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TexasTowelie Aug 2014 OP
NBachers Aug 2014 #1
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #2
Cha Aug 2014 #3
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #4
Cha Aug 2014 #5
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #6
Cha Aug 2014 #7
malaise Aug 2014 #8
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #10
Laelth Aug 2014 #9
TexasTowelie Aug 2014 #11
Laelth Aug 2014 #12


Response to NBachers (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:28 AM

2. Thanks again for posting that link.

With the dirt coming out from under the carpet there is still a decent chance that Wendy will pull this off. The revelations about the corruption among the GOP politicians may increase voter turnout among Democrats and cause a lot of Republicans to stay home on election day. I moved to this county in late April and I already have my voter registration card and photo-ID ready.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:55 AM

3. WIth Social Media it's not so easy for a Friday News Dump anymore is it TexasT?

Money Quote!

"But the most important question is this: What is it that Greg Abbott could defend in a debate?"

Don't forget the scourge of Texas not debating Bill White in 2010.. the whole Nation knows why Perry avoided that like the plague.

The real reason why Perry wouldn’t debate Bill White? Clue.. he couldn't.

snip//

"Making his way through Bush Intercontinental earlier this week, former Houston Mayor Bill White says he was stopped by three different people who wanted to tell him the same thing: They now understand why Rick Perry wouldn’t debate him in last year’s race for governor.

White says it’s become typical commentary in conversations with people around town, ever since Texans got a look at the governor on the national stage, and especially at his fumbling, bumbling, “oops” moments on the debate stage."

snip//

Silly ultimatums

"Many of us have known for a long time why Perry avoided White’s debate invitations. We’ve known ever since the governor started issuing his silly school-yard ultimatums as conditions for facing White on stage. Perry demanded White release his income taxes, and when White did release them, Perry demanded more, dating back to White’s days as Democratic Party chair and U.S. deputy energy secretary.

Perry maintained that he was “eager” to debate the popular three-term mayor, as he had debated previous opponents in statewide campaigns, and insisted that White’s refusal to keep acquiescing to Perry’s demands was in “staunch opposition to transparency.”

“It’s not about this good ol’ fighting Texas Aggie being afraid to [engage] that Harvard boy,” Perry told The Dallas Morning News. “That’s not what it’s about at all.”

More to the article..
http://blog.chron.com/rickperry/2011/11/the-real-reason-why-perry-wouldn%E2%80%99t-debate-bill-white/

Mahalo, TexasT Great blog from Lubbock, Tx



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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:29 AM

4. Yes, the Friday news dump prompted a few posts that evening in the Texas Group.

A few political stories and a pretty huge fraud case where the CEOs received long prison terms.

I will have to go to Lubbock to meet Carol Morgan when I get my financial situation resolved. She turns out some great pieces and I place her and Juanita Jean in the same category as the great Molly Ivins who died about a decade ago. The GOPers would be blessed to have writers that have half of their ability to write columns that are meaningful and witty. Heck, they would be blessed to have me write threads about kittehs and catnip on their blogs!

I put a doubleshot of Joe Jackson tonight in the Music Appreciation group, but there is also going to be a doubleshot of the Lubbock bloggers since Dr. Brian Carr also posted a column today. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal seems to have had a fairly good news dump tonight so stay tuned!

Mahalo to you, Cha. It's always great to hear from you.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 03:08 AM

5. Thanks for all that info, TT! Speaking of good things in Texas.. I was just on

this thread and wonder if you've seen this from jezebel?

Pro-choice alternative to ice bucket challenge.

http://jezebel.com/tacoorbeerchallenge-is-your-pro-choice-alternative-to-1626918860

silverweb http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5467754

Good to see you, too.. and hope you're well, TT~

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Response to Cha (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 03:31 AM

6. Yes, I believe that I saw something about it on Facebook.

I have a friend in south Texas near where I grew up that posts about those stories. I hadn't read any of the articles in detail though. I might do the taco challenge, but other than a couple meowpurritas on my birthday I haven't drank any alcohol or purrtoken of the catnip since March. I must admit that my dreams lately have been so weird that it makes me wish I was abusing some substances. Right now I'm having auditory hallucinations of some really crappy country-western music. If somebody else in the apartment complex is playing it, then I hope that the neighbor doesn't blame it on me.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 03:43 AM

7. Good for you..

not partaking of any alcohol since March.. I think that's helpful when we're trying to heal our bodies.

Just for fun here's a sample of this girl meeting the ol challenge.. Yummm.. TexMex!

Now here's a delicious looking pic showing off the Taco and Beer Challenge in Texas! Excellent idea, Amanda Grimes~



Stella Boonshoft @stellaboonshoft
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again silverweb http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5467754

Best wishes to work through your auditory problems, TT~

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:34 AM

8. Most excellent - Go Wendy Davis!

Rec

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:00 AM

10. Thank you.

Carol Morgan just might be the next Molly Ivins of Texas politics. I love her columns.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:40 AM

9. Excellent. k&r for exposure. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #9)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:01 AM

11. Thank you.

The momentum might be changing in this race. Carol Morgan did an excellent job noting Greg Abbott's weaknesses.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:03 AM

12. I am thrilled to hear that Davis is doing well.

Bonus kick.



-Laelth

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