Invoking the classic 1950’s television program “The Twilight Zone,” Krystal Ball, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” tore into the state of Texas and their upcoming gubernatorial election in which current Governor Rick Perry has already declined to run.
The focus of Ball’s blazing criticism was Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot. Pulling no punches, the show’s host discussed the fact that while Texas has the country’s worst-rated health care system in the country and one of the highest rates of poverty, Abbot has turned his focus to “problems” like voter fraud and crazy conspiracy theories.
In the “Texas Twilight Zone” that Ball described, things like voter ID laws that disenfranchise thousands of women and minorities actually protect the validity of elections. She mentioned that Abbot believes in a conspiracy that the United Nations is trying to take over control of the U.S. and has advocated meaningless laws to protect against it.
Ms. Ball also hammered home the point that while Texas’ health care delivery system is deplorable, Abbot has chosen to sue the Federal government over implementation of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare as it’s known more widely – instead of working with the Feds to help remedy the tragic condition his state’s health care system is in. She quoted Abbot as saying he felt the Obama Administration was a greater threat to Texas than the nuclear arms that North Korea possesses.
Why was Krystal ball spending so much time on the lunacy that is Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbot? Because as of right now, he’s the presumed Republican candidate in the election to replace Rick Perry next year, that’s why. The presumed Democratic challenger is Wendy Davis, the State Senator whose filibuster helped temporarily stall-out the state’s new and harsh anti-abortion law, before it was eventually rammed through by state Republicans. The law has since been deemed unconstitutional by a Federal appeals court and has been halted in its tracks by way of a Federal injunction.
Things are sure to heat up before next November, but if Texas has any hope of turning the tide of rampant fringe right-wing ideologies, people like Abbot need to be kept as far away from the governor’s mansion as possible.
Watch the segment from “The Cycle” below: