Desperate Measures in the State of Texas

Texas Democrats hit a new low.


Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, famous for her 12-hour filibuster attempt against an anti-abortion rights bill, speaks at a fundraiser, Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Washington.

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Texas Democrats are no doubt beginning to regret placing their hopes for turning the state blue on a previously unknown state senator whose gubernatorial campaign is unraveling right before their eyes.

At first it looked like a good bet, at least for national fundraising purposes. Wendy Davis, the bottle blond who mounted a lonely and ultimately unsuccessful filibuster against a bill banning abortions in Texas after 20 weeks, galvanized the left by "speaking truth to power." Taking to the floor and talking and talking and talking – about her life, her personal experiences, the so-called injustice of the bill – she made herself into a symbol that pro-choice women everywhere could be excited about. As a result, the checkbooks of women (and some men) of means from New York to Los Angeles would be open to her in the upcoming election.

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Unfortunately for the people who jumped on her gubernatorial bandwagon, they leaped before they looked. Not only is she not the feminist icon she was thought to be, a woman who made it on her own in a man's world, she's done some things that will cause reasonable people to seriously question her judgment.

The assaults on Davis' character became so bad that at one point a few of her supporters, though not necessarily people tied directly to her campaign, jumped onto social media to change the subject in a way that was so outrageous it would alter the story line, giving the Democrat a much needed break. How outrageous? Well, as The Daily Caller reported Monday, they posted comments on reputable news and political sites suggesting that Davis' likely GOP opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbot, is only pretending to be confined to a wheelchair.

Anyone who knows Abbot knows the story of how, back in 1984, an oak tree fell on him while he was out jogging after a thunderstorm. Davis, of course, has been caught on tape saying some things about Abbot's injury she probably wishes she could take back, but the point is that some of the Democrats who support her appear so desperate to shift the focus off the Democrat's unfolding scandals that they are willing to say almost anything to do it.

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They need to consider carefully the ramifications moving forward. What they are suggesting is not only offensive to the disabled, it risks making a mockery of Davis' whole campaign.

The right thing to do, the proper thing to do, is for Davis and the chairman of the Democratic Party of Texas and the party's other leaders in the state to call folks out on this. They need to put a stop to it before it gets any worse. The political press in Texas ought to be asking every Democrats running for office in 2014 if they believe the allegations being made by the "wheelchair doubters" or if they agree that it should be looked at closely. It's only fair that, no pun intended, the voters in Texas know where the candidates stand on this issue – if for no other reason than to put it to bed so the real issues can be debated. Wendy Davis lets this issue continue at her own peril since it has been obviously raised for her benefit.