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Whether intentional or oblivious, that's STILL the way it comes across...It was a direct reminder that her political opponent is diabled...
Yup. Davis had what she considered a legitimate argument but the message got completely lost because of her poor delivery. It backfired and completely sunk any potential hail Mary pass she had left. All she's known as now is the b*tch who made fun of a dude in a wheelchair.

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Yup. Davis had what she considered a legitimate argument but the message got completely lost because of her poor delivery. It backfired and completely sunk any potential hail Mary pass she had left. All she's known as now is the b*tch who made fun of a dude in a wheelchair.

Sometimes it's best to not address a point, even if you are right.
No, I think if you're running for office and your opponent has some glaring, relevant hypocrisies, then they should be exposed. I completely agree that the wheelchair image wasn't necessary, and could and was easily exploited to open up a different, albeit false and childish, attack on Davis.
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No, I think if you're running for office and your opponent has some glaring, relevant hypocrisies, then they should be exposed. I completely agree that the wheelchair image wasn't necessary, and could and was easily exploited to open up a different, albeit false and childish, attack on Davis.
The wheelchair was totally necessary. The guy sits there and turns around representing business interest over health care interest that put him in the position he is in. Without that healthcare he'd just be another invalid begging on the streets.
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You know your ad was offensive and backfired in a major way when the only peeps supporting it are left wing extremists on political forums who never see anything wrong with anything liberals do.

Hell, even Democratic politicians are sayin' it was over the line and receiving bipartisan criticism.
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I’m disabled — and Greg Abbott is wrong: Why I loved Wendy Davis’ ad

I’m disabled — and Greg Abbott is wrong: Why I loved Wendy Davis’ ad - Salon.com

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In the early morning of Nov. 5, 2014, when the confetti is being vacuumed from the conference room floors and the trash bags are being stuffed with half-eaten finger foods, empty beer bottles, and plastic wine glasses, some may argue in their political autopsy reports that the first seven seconds of an otherwise typical campaign commercial were the single most determinative factor in the race for governor in the second largest state in the country.

It may be said, probably by smart people who get paid to say things like this on television, that Wendy Davis, the Democratic firebrand who catapulted, overnight, into rock-star fame, lost any hope of winning the moment she decided to attack her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, for being disabled.

As a disabled American currently living in Dallas and enrolled in my final year of law school at Southern Methodist University, I couldn’t believe, at first, that Wendy Davis had decided to run the now infamous “empty wheelchair” ad, but not for the reasons that offended so many Republicans and enraged the Abbott campaign. Amelia Chase, Abbott’s spokesperson, told CNN, “It is challenging to find language strong enough to condemn Sen. Davis’ disgusting television ad, which represents a historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans. Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas.” Three days later, Greg Abbott told Sean Hannity of Fox News, “If she [Davis] wants to attack the guy in a wheelchair, that’s her prerogative.”
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Unlike the Abbott campaign, who apparently considered a seven-second clip of an empty wheelchair to be the worst thing ever done in the history of Texas politics, and unlike Greg Abbott himself, when I first saw the ad, I paid little attention to the empty wheelchair. Although I can walk without assistance, I have used wheelchairs and mobility scooters, from time to time, for all of my life. It would be absurd for a disabled person like me to ever be repulsed or offended by the mere image of a wheelchair, and besides, Greg Abbott never seemed ashamed by his wheelchair; he featured it prominently in a number of his campaign commercials.
What I couldn’t believe was that Davis’ campaign had decided to run a commercial exposing Abbott’s ruthlessness and hypocrisy on issues that were so critically important to people like me, disability and victim’s rights. A friend of mine who works as a junior-level staffer in the Davis campaign called me the day the commercial was released. He wanted to know, off-the-record, as a friend, as someone living in Texas with a disability, what I really thought. “Finally,” I told him. “It’s about time.”

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Greg Abbott’s record isn’t exactly a secret. Ask any lawyer or judge in Texas. Ask any victim’s rights advocate or any disability rights advocate. The multimillion-dollar settlement he received as a result of his injuries has been known for nearly 30 years, and earlier this year, the Dallas Morning News, in a story titled “Greg Abbott Pushes to Block Disabled Texans’ Lawsuits Against State,” reported extensively on his record.

“In a series of legal cases in his three terms, Abbott’s office has fought a blind pharmacy professor in Amarillo who wanted reflective tape on the stairs to her office; two deaf defendants in Laredo who asked for a qualified sign language interpreter in their courtroom; and a woman with an amputated leg,” Christy Hoppe reports. “In that case, the state argued she was not disabled because she had a prosthetic limb.”

As attorney general, Greg Abbott aggressively fought against efforts to force the state to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. This isn’t a matter of opinion; it’s a matter of fact. In that respect, for those who pay attention to the news in Texas, Wendy Davis’ commercial wasn’t exactly revelatory, but for those of us who believe in the importance of laws like the Americans With Disabilities Act, which was signed by a president from Texas, it was hugely reassuring.
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My friend with the Davis campaign told me that they were getting roundly criticized for using the image of an empty wheelchair at the beginning of the commercial. Even Mother Jones, a reliably liberal publication, jumped in, chastising Davis for cynically reminding voters of Greg Abbott’s disability. It was the kind of specious argument that can only be made by someone who had never even heard of Greg Abbott until the moment he watched the commercial behind his laptop in some apartment on the East Coast.

“If y’all want me to help out,” I told my friend, “I’m happy to do whatever I can.”

Two days later, I sat in front of a podium in an old shopping mall in Fort Worth, staring into a sea of cameras and only a foot away from Wendy Davis, whom I’d met just 30 seconds before I began speaking.
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I drafted my own remarks. I didn’t want to read from a set of canned campaign talking points. This was personal to me. I spoke about the importance of empathy, of recognizing your own privileges, and of using your gifts to help others less fortunate. That may seem like a basic Sunday school lesson for many Americans, but it seemed appropriate.

If I’d had the time, I probably would have told the media that I simply could not understand why people seemed to be so offended by the image of an empty wheelchair. Why was Greg Abbott offended? It didn’t make sense. Political campaigns are adept at manufacturing outrage, of course, but the Abbott campaign’s response — the idea that an empty wheelchair was the lowest point in Texas political history — wasn’t just absurdly hyperbolic; it seemed cowardly to me.

Instead of addressing the substantive issues raised by the Davis campaign ad, Abbott and the conservative media in tow (along with Mother Jones) wanted the public to believe, somewhat circularly, that Wendy Davis should be ashamed of using a wheelchair in her ad because wheelchairs were symbols of failure and impotence. To me, the Abbott campaign’s response and the general reaction among conservative pundits seemed deliberately intended to perpetuate pernicious stereotypes about the disabled.
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The damage is already done. Wendy insulted someone in a wheelchair and now will pay the toll with a loss in the election.
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Wendy insulted someone in a wheelchair
No she didn't.

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and now will pay the toll with a loss in the election.
Her ratings in the polls haven't moved much before or after, she was going to lose ad or no ad.
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The damage is already done. Wendy insulted someone in a wheelchair and now will pay the toll with a loss in the election.
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