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Dallas Morning News asks: Will the Abbot-Nugent fiasco give Wendy Davis a bump?
Ted Robberson is an Editorial Writer for the Dallas Morning News and this blog item appears on the Dallas Morning News Editorial Blog at

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is an exceptionally good Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas, but to win she is going to need all out support from Democrats and Progressives in every corner of the United States.  And she is going to need a little help from the Republican candidate, Greg Abbot.  Abbot appears willing to do his part.

Abbot recently appeared on stage with and welcomed the endorsement of gun-lunatic Ted Nugent, the famous pedophile.  Republicans so admire the Vietnam era draft dodging dope addict that he greatly increases the turnout and enthusiasm for appearances by Republican candidate Abbot.

This is too much for even the Dallas Morning News, which has been a major propaganda organ for the Republican Party for decades.  In his editorial, Robberson notes that Abbot currently leads in the polls, but states:

"..Abbott did himself some serious damage by attaching himself to Nugent, a man who cannot seem to control his mouth and has a penchant for making racist and sexist remarks. There is also, of course, his background of affairs with underage girls and his days as a draft dodger during the Vietnam War."
Ann Richards was elected Governor in large part because the Republican candidate, rancher and oil-man Clayton Williams, thought that rape was a humorous subject. To prove it he liked to tell a funny joke about how a woman should just "lay back and enjoy it (rape)".  Who knew then that Williams' world view would become the model for modern Republicans everywhere.

I ache to see suburban Republican women recognize what a depraved gang of political perverts (see picture above) they condone and support, and rebel in the name of sanity.

I wonder how many times the non-voting Texans of Hispanic descent will hear someone like Republican US Senate candidate Chris Mapp say:

"ranchers should be free to shoot "wetbacks" on sight"
before they decide that it is worth the trouble to vote for Governor or President?

Please support Wendy Davis with your vote and/or your financial contribution.  Turn Texas Blue and the whole Republican House of Cards collapses, forever.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Nugent is humanity's abatross n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    David54, this just in, ValleyForger

    Listening to the NRA on school safety is like listening to the tobacco companies on cigarette safety. (h/t nightsweat)

    by PsychoSavannah on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:22:16 AM PST

  •  He should be if the Dems have half a brain. (3+ / 0-)

    Some super-pac should be churning out the Abbot/Nugent ads right now, saturate, and then set up protest committees to trail Abbott at every public stop.
    Force them to play defense.
    Then Wendy comes out with a comprehensive, common sense plan for fixing the problems in the state.
    hint: education, for starters.

    Also, I see on Daniel Boone's website that he's taking issue with the crony capitalism involving toll roads. There's a great new diary up "No unringing this bell" but you will have to search the name because the link is a dead end.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:38:00 AM PST

  •  If you want to contribute to Wendy's campaign (4+ / 0-)

    Here's her official site where you can donate:

  •  Let’s get past Nugent issue, Abbott says (3+ / 0-)
    Greg Abbott, suggesting he’d like a do-over on his campaign appearance with rocker Ted Nugent, said Monday that he wants to move past the uproar.

    Abbott, the Republican front-runner for governor, compared getting beyond the Nugent affair to the way he dealt with recovering from injuries that put him in a wheelchair. He was hit by a tree while running in 1984.

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:48:04 AM PST

    •  Wait, what? (1+ / 0-)
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      hit by a tree while running
      Really?  I will assume it did not move sideways, so that means it fell.  A tree fell on him while he was running.  Again, assuming it was not in the middle of a tornado or hurricane, that's some really bad luck.

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:54:47 AM PST

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      •  Here ya go (3+ / 0-)
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        MartyM, Empower Ink, BlackSheep1
        The accident happened on July 14, 1984, when Abbott, then a 26-year-old law school graduate, was jogging. As he ran through the affluent River Oaks neighborhood in Houston, a giant post oak tree snapped at its base and fell, striking Abbott in the back.

        The 75-foot tree crushed his spine, leaving him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

        Abbott sued the homeowner whose tree fell on him — Roy W. Moore, a go-to divorce lawyer for affluent Houstonians — and the Davey Tree Expert Company, which had inspected the tree for Moore. Abbott alleged that Moore and the tree company were negligent for failing to warn people about the dangerous tree or to take action to prevent it from falling.

        In addition to claiming medical expenses, the lawsuit said Abbott had “suffered injuries resulting in physical pain, mental anguish and physical impairment, as well as the reduced capacity to work and earn money.”

        Moore was not at home when the tree fell on Abbott. But Moore, now retired, said in a recent telephone interview that he had been shocked to learn that the towering oak had rotted from the inside.

        “I had walked outside the morning before, and it looked green as a gourd,” he said. “I had no idea the thing was hollow.”

        Moore said he never thought — and still does not think — that he had any liability. He also believes he would have won the case had it gone to trial.
    •  "He was hit by a tree while running..."? (1+ / 0-)
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      That sounds like the scene in 'It's a Gift' where W.C. Fields drives into a statue and claims it jumped right in front of him.

      I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

      by jhecht on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:06:15 AM PST

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    •  Abbott has some shitty judgment and (3+ / 0-)
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      MartyM, ValleyForger, BlackSheep1

      that should disqualify him from any position of power.

      A 2-minute Google search will tell you all you need to know about the pedophile, Nugent.  That he and/or his staffers didn't do it - or, even more disgusting, did do it and still thought it was good to have ol' Teddy come and speak - proves their judgment is crap.

      No way in hell that Abbot guy should be elected to work with and represent ALL the people.

      Listening to the NRA on school safety is like listening to the tobacco companies on cigarette safety. (h/t nightsweat)

      by PsychoSavannah on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:56:54 AM PST

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      •  more on Abbot from that TexTrib article: (0+ / 0-)
        Court papers show Abbott had incurred $82,811.85 in medical expenses a year after the accident, and he claimed two months of lost wages from a job that was supposed to start paying him not long after he was injured. He had future medical costs to pay, but most of the settlement came from noneconomic losses for pain and  suffering and mental anguish, said Abbott’s former lawyer, Don Riddle of Houston.

        “The strength of this case was in the intangibles — the noneconomic items,” said Riddle, who has been critical of Abbott’s pro-tort reform stance.

        Not long after Abbott’s accident, sentiment against trial lawyers and large jury verdicts swept through Texas politics, which helped propel Republicans into dominance and laid the groundwork for new lawsuit restrictions. In 1995, the Legislature capped punitive damages stemming from noneconomic losses at $750,000. Lawmakers also erected hurdles for plaintiffs who try to collect from multiple defendants.

        Meanwhile, the conservative Texas Supreme Court, on which Abbott served from 1996 to 2001, began adopting tighter standards for losses that involved pain and suffering and mental anguish.

        Full article here:

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 01:07:15 PM PST

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    •  No (0+ / 0-)

      I like talking about Ted Nugent.  So much material, so little time.  And the soundtrack writes itself.

  •  My concern is the Nugent faux pas peaked (1+ / 0-)
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    and will have been forgotten by election time.  He certainly realizes he has to dump Nugent.  Too bad he didn't drag him out in September.  Now we have to hope Nugent will keep himself in the limelight and we can still link the two.

    •  Not if we remind everyone (2+ / 0-)
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      shades at midnite, BlackSheep1

      The one thing I give Ted Nugent credit for is his ability to keep his racist-fascist-gun-nut material fresh and to find new ways to offend people.  (Too bad for him he couldn't figure out how to do that with his music.)

      And Nugent doesn't look good as the "after" in a morphing-face advertisement.

  •  Ted has been a world class asshole since the start (2+ / 0-)
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    ValleyForger, leftykook

    He was a real embarrassment on stage - he has ALWAYS had a mouth not connected to any noticeable brain, and he has no morality or scruples I have ever noticed. I remember reading his account in the music press in the early 70's of his draft dodging project, and I have had zero respect or interest in him since then.

    Nugent belongs in the GOP/NRA-he is a HUGE, heavy boat anchor and IMO Ted has been the cause of many people deciding they do not belong in either organization.

     We could not have invented a better tool for exposing the reality of the mentality of the right wing. They LOVE Ted because they are just like him, and that becomes more and more evident as his rants continue. He is doing us liberals a favor.

    FEMINISM encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians...Pat Robertson, failed lawyer, worth over $100 million.

    by old mark on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:44:12 AM PST

  •  The Nooge (1+ / 0-)
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    Some people say that Nugent is Greg Abbott's fiancé.


    Untamed, unashamed Liberal still living in the wild.

    by 13Friday on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:37:13 AM PST

  •  Texans should be saying to Ted Nugent: (0+ / 0-)

    "Forsooth, unhand me, greybeard loon!"

    But they're not, and they won't.  Instead they're embracing TN with a righteous fervor.  Texans love a white, racist bully--especially if he hates women.
    The new polls are out, and Abbott's the one who got the bump.  And no one should be a bit surprised.

    (Quote above is from Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

    "One of the boss' hangers-on sometimes comes to call, at times you least expect. Tryin' to bully you, strongarm you, inspire you with fear--it has the opposite effect."--Bob Dylan, "Floater"

    by oldmaestro on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 09:25:39 AM PST

  •  These are recent poacing crimes Ted has admitted. (1+ / 0-)
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    Both instances were recorded for broadcast on his outdoor program.  How arrogant!!

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