Greg Abbott: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

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Your Next Governor?
If you have occasion to meet or see Greg Abbott, it's impossible not to notice that he is in a wheelchair. In a freak accident, a tree fell on him when he was 26 years old and rendered him a paraplegic. However, this has not stopped him from ascending the ranks of Texas politics and he is, presumably, going to be our next governor. Wendy Davis's campaign is quixotic and probably more of an effort to promote her political brand: an MSNBC appearance here, a feisty showing on O'Reily there. She's not a serious candidate insofar as her chances of winning are concerned.

Abbott's rise to power has the making of a feel good story, until one scratches below the surface. Abbott took home $10 million when he sued over the accident that left him in a wheelchair. Then, he later had the temerity to call out his political opponent in one race for being a "personal injury" attorney. With Abbott, what's good for his goose is not good for your gander: Abbott, predictably, sadly and hypocritically, is a strong supporter of tort reform.

Moreover, for better or worse, you're not getting much new policy bang for your buck with Abbott vis-a-vis Perry. As Abbott, our current Attorney General, once described his job: "I go into the office, I sue Barack Obama and I go home." Yes, he has sued the U.S. Government over Obamacare over "two dozen times" according to his campaign's website. Abbott is also proud of suing the EPA over a dozen times. He also argued a case before the Supreme Court regarding whether it was constitutionally permissible to display the Ten Commandments in the state capitol building. And he's not done suing for the Administration over Obamacare:

"We are escalating our fight," Abbott told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"You're going to see more people really for this cause because Americans . . . are incredibly frustrated by how the president keeps changing and altering the goal post and the Obamacare law.

"What we have seen time and time again is the president incapable of living within the confines of the heavy-handed law imposed on its fellow Americans and efforts to try to extricate itself from a political bad situation," Abbott said Monday.



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Robert541
Robert541

Abbott is a LIAR. Though he brags constantly how he loves to sue Obama, he sucks up to the Fed big time when he imposes and collects monetary child support on mostly fathers. Yet he does nothing to assure the subject child will ever have a subsequent relationship with its father. He gives us no statistics on the effects of his intrusions either. I happen to know that Parental Alienation is a rampant form of child abuse today and its probably due to PWORA 1997, and its willing whores, aka State attorney generals.

Puller58
Puller58

It should be noted that Texas has the second weakest Governorship in the US.  (Weakest is Colorado.)  So George W. Bush was given credit when he had little to do with much of anything.  (That according to Tucker Carlson he mocked Karla Fay Tucker showed that the Governor did have something to do with the parole/clemency system, it also showed how sincere his "faith" was.)  Perry of course wasn't even on a par with Bush as most of his campaigns hid him to avoid hoof in mouth eruptions.  (I knew he'd meltdown in the Presidential sweepstakes.)  As for Abbot, he's just another political climber trying to get to the top of the totem pole.  And Wendy is a sacrificial lamb for the election.

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

Well, heck , of course he is for tort reform.  He got his.

stevek77536
stevek77536

" ... Abbott far outpaces Perry in the brains and intellectual curiosity department ..."   And even a quarter moon is brighter than a black hole.

Anse
Anse

Let's not be so pessimistic. Of course Davis probably won't win. But I reckon if Colorado can turn blue, so can Texas. Gerrymandered districts and voter suppression can work forever. The future is for Democrats. We just can't wait on it to happen; we have to make it happen. Stop giving away races. Put some real effort into organizing and making noise. It can happen. We just can't lose heart if we don't win this particular race.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

No single person has done more harm to injured people in Texas over the last twenty years.  The fact that he enriched himself by taking advantage of the very rights he has systematically stripped from others, either as a judge, supreme court justice or attorney general, is the cherry on the sundae.  

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