Saturday, October 12, 2013

Greg Abbott's mistakes

Paul Burka doesn't think he'll make enough of them for Wendy Davis to capture the governor's mansion.  I disagree, and here's the latest evidence.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, the GOP front-runner for governor, is at odds with the four Republicans running for the state's second-highest office in a key area: In-state tuition for immigrants who are in Texas illegally.

The issue helped sink Gov. Rick Perry's presidential aspirations in 2012 when he said opponents of the tuition policy don't have a heart, and it has dominated much of the talk this week in the races for governor and lieutenant governor.

Abbott gingerly entered the fray Friday with a campaign statement saying he likes the goal of in-state tuition but not its execution. He avoided any mention of repeal.

"Greg Abbott believes that the objective of the program is noble. But he believes the law as structured is flawed and it must be reformed," Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch said.

He provided no other details, saying: "The campaign will unveil specific policy initiatives in the coming weeks and months."

This is a landmine for Abbott, and he's about to roll right over it.  He simply cannot pander -- Stace calls it Hispander; I like that -- for the Latino vote and not lose the goon vote at the same time.  Update: Just need to add this, from the TexTrib.

But Abbott's hyper-careful, muted approach to the hot-button issue speaks volumes about the trouble confronting Republicans who try to balance their outreach to the exploding Hispanic population with their ongoing courtship of Tea Party activists who fiercely oppose any perceived benefits going to illegal immigrants.

“For Attorney General Abbott, the fact that this issue has come up places him right in the middle of one of the central dilemmas facing the Republican Party in Texas, and the Republican Party in the United States for that matter,” said Jim Henson, a Tribune pollster and the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. “They have their eye on the increasing Latino vote, but their primary voting base is not taking the same view.”

Abbott has drawn another challenger from his right -- no, not talking about Larry Kilgore or even Miriam Martinez -- and she is as nut-jobby as they come.

A tea party activist and frequent guest on Fox News has entered the race for governor in Texas, offering an alternative on the right of frontrunner Greg Abbott.

Lisa Fritsch, an author and conservative radio host from Austin, announced Tuesday at a hamburger restaurant in Austin that she is seeking the GOP nomination in next year’s gubernatorial primary.

If you want to know any more about Fritsch, the Statesman and the Fox affiliate in Austin both have excellent reports.  I know as much as I need to, though, and that is that Debra Medina has been beaten to the punch tea.  There's no room in the primary governor's contest for her any longer.  As for Abbott, he just rapidly filled up his colostomy bag.

Scatological humor aside, even Tom Pauken says that Abbott has screwed up.

Pauken noted that former GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, a favorite of tea party voters, is considering running as an independent for governor, as Christy Hoppe reports today.  Pauken predicted if Medina were to run, she would siphon 5-10 percent of the conservative vote in the general election from Abbott, jeopardizing his prospects against Davis.
“I don’t think Debra Medina would run if I’m the nominee,” Pauken said. “These guys who are scared about a potential liberal takeover of Texas with the election of Wendy Davis had better take a look at who would be more effective against her in the November election – someone who represents the grassroots and the average person rather than the Austin establishment.”

I agree with Pauken.  As it relates to Abbott and mistakes, Matt Angle (the man running Davis' campaign) is in harmony with Burka about one thing...

I don’t always agree with Paul Burka, but I recognize and respect that he is one of the most astute and knowledgeable journalists and political observers in our State. His comments that Greg Abbott cannot avoid the fallout over the Ted Cruz-led government shutdown debacle are correct. Abbott cannot – or at least should not be allowed to – cowardly dodge and duck his close association with Ted Cruz or his active participation in a divisive brand of politics that seeks personal advancement by pitting Texans, and all Americans, against one another.

Yep, that's been mentioned before.  If Abbott is going to run for governor of Texas against Barack Obama, Davis has to run against Cruz.  Ted Cruz is in fact the biggest mistake Greg Abbott has made.  Yet.

And there's nothing he can do about fixing it.

Update: And I didn't even have to mention Douchebag Robbie Cooper's name change (scroll all the way down).

What a mistake that bastard is.

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