Wendy Davis is running for governor of Texas. For the few people left who are politically active who may not know who she is, Senator Davis stood for thirteen hours in an attempt to filibuster one of the most dangerous anti-choice bills in the country – and since she did such an amazing job, conservatives have been attacking her ever since. She has been called some truly offensive names and in the latest attempt to shut down the Davis campaign, some on the right are screaming about a few inaccuracies in her stories about her past.
Erick Erickson, Fox contributor and founder of the conservative blog, Red State, sent a Tweet out to his followers last August, calling Senator Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie.” Erickson was terribly upset that Senator Davis incorrectly stated Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic was licensed as an ambulatory surgical center, but rather than simply point out the error, he decided to call a United States senator “Abortion Barbie.” Granted, Glenn Beck called Senator Mary Landrieu a “prostitute,” so perhaps we should just get used to this.
The huge, giant, massive scandal (clutch your pearls, ladies) surrounding Senator Davis’s past concern her not remembering exactly how old she was when her life sucked. She remembers being nineteen; it turns out, she was twenty-one. Well, that’s it then. Obviously, she cannot ever be governor, because many year slater, she forgot how old she was by two FREAKING years during an incredibly stressful and painful time. And she also turned me into a newt. I got better. In the wake of Davisgate™, the always classy Rush Limbaugh called Senator Davis “fake” and a “genuine head case.” He added that she is a “leftist,” and:
…therefore there is fraud and deceit woven through her life story.
Say it with me: Illegal Viagra, Dominican Republic, Oxycontin addict. Rinse and repeat. Mark Levin, the nausea-inducing right wing radio host, also called Senator Davis a “liar,” but believes she is a good Democratic gubernatorial candidate because of it. And he made sure to mention the “allegations of adultery.” Because as we all know, Republican governors never, ever cheat on their wives in Argentina while hiking the Appalachian trail, insert irony font here.
Back to Erick Erickson, because his hate is strong, young Jedi. Erickson has also screeched that Senator Davis is unfit for public office because of a mental health claim which was part of a lawsuit she brought against a Texas newspaper in the 1990’s. Yeah, no, Sparky. That’s called “emotional distress,” and is normally included in a defamation lawsuit. Alternative theory of liability. GOOGLE IT.
And then there’s her opponent, uber-rich conservative dude, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott is known for his intense dislike of President Obama, his twenty-seven lawsuits against the Obama administration, and his absolute adoration of Voter I.D. laws. He hates the EPA (which is cool in Texas until a fertilizer plant explodes), believes Al Franken won because of voter fraud, and is of course endorsed by Texas Right to Life (the Fetus edition). Oddly, Abbott believes the Americans With Disabilities Act is unconstitutional even though he has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1984.
It seems to be de rigueur, at least on the right, to call women names and insult them simply as women. Don’t argue policy, just compare them to Barbie dolls and tell your fans they’re prostitutes. Could someone please tell me how this is supposed to endear conservatives to women?
No, I’m serious, please explain it to me. Because at this point, the only plausible reason for this is that the GOP is scared that they are going to lose Texas in 2014 and they will say and do anything to try to keep the state from going Blue.