It would seem that, in Texas, the favorite pastime of conservatives is alienating the female vote at every opportunity. This time it is coming from a top adviser to State Attorney General, Greg Abbot ( R ), Dave Carney who tweeted on Thursday, “Total Recall in CO (and why Wendy Davis is too Stupid to be Governor)” with a link to a post celebrating the recall of two Democrat State Senators in Colorado by a blogger in Urban Grounds post who also explains why he thinks, “Texas state Senator Wendy ‘Abortion Barbie’ Davis is even dumber than her fake blonde hair would imply.”
— Dave Carney (@granitewinger) September 12, 2013
It was only a few weeks ago that Abbot thanked a supporter for his tweet referring to Davis as “Retard Barbie.” It would seem that his office doesn’t think that enough has been done yet to alienate women and feels that there is more yet to be done to drive off the votes of a demographic that they do not seem to need in order to win elections.
The Texas Democrat Party responded to Carney’s tweet with a statement on the Burnt Orange Report which posits that this seems to be the campaign strategy of Texas Republicans. The statement says, “It’s clear that Abbott’s advisers are following a strategy of offending every woman voter in the state of Texas. A woman who worked her way from a trailer park to graduate from Harvard Law School with honors is anything but stupid. Women throughout the state know what it’s like to have their intelligence ignored and made a joke. It’s never been a good idea to mess with Texas women. And come November 2014, the women of Texas will make clear that the joke’s actually on Republicans who find it okay to reference such a hard working and smart woman as stupid.”
A quick look at the comparative educational credentials of Wendy Davis and current Governor Rick Perry would lead any rational person to wonder why they would even consider bringing up the intelligence of Ms. Davis. Governor Perry has a B.S. from Texas A and M in animal science and a less than stellar GPA while Davis, after receiving her Baccalaureate from Texas Christian University on a full scholarship and graduating first in her class, attended graduate school at Harvard Law School where she graduated with honors and was admitted to the Texas Bar four months later.
With this gaping chasm between the educational credentials of the two one might think that the TEApublicans would not want comparison of education between her and any of their candidates for any office. It is not easy to get into Harvard Law and anyone who makes it should be accorded some sort of respect for having the intelligence to meet their admissions requirements. Not, apparently in Texas.
Wendy Davis achieved none of her accomplishments the easy way. She married at 18, had a daughter and divorced a year later. Living in a trailer park she worked her way through college and law school while raising her daughter as a single parent. She was the first in her family to graduate college. She attained every success in her life through intelligence, hard work and determination.
Rick Perry, the man who was unable to remember a list of three items in his primary debates for the Presidential nomination was a typical frat boy stumbling his way through college after which he did a stint as a pilot in the Air Force before joining his father’s cotton farming business. Hardly a tough life, everything was handed to him and yet he could only coast his way through it.
It would seem that the old adage about people living in glass houses might apply to Texas TEApublicans when they start taking pot shots at Wendy Davis. Of course this reasoning would never occur to them since a strong intelligent woman like Wendy Davis scares the bejesus out of them, they have no idea how to deal with a non-submissive woman.