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Manufactured Outrage

Commentary has made it pretty clear in the past that I don’t do talking points or tow the party line.

That being said I think AG Abbott and supporters are in manufacture outrage mode over the Team Davis ad that started to air this past Friday. What team Davis is airing is an attack ad. It is not ridiculing, mean-spirited, or poking fun of AG Abbott being in a wheelchair. It also rehashes the subject matter of two previous Team Davis attack ads. I don’t find the ad offensive.

Team Davis said they ran the ad past a focus group and it worked. So they wouldn’t get careless and throw something out there that had not gotten tested.

Here is from today’s Chron:

“We’re confident that this ad is effective and is going to continue to be effective because it’s executing basically the same strategy we’ve had since Day 1,” said Joel Benenson, who has also served as the pollster for President Barack Obama. “We’ve always planned to use it in laying out a set of ads that showed him siding with insiders against average Texans, and that’s where we are today.”

Team Davis has aired nothing but attack ads. AG Abbott has run two ads where his wheelchair had a kind of prominent role. AG Abbott now is saying “it’s her choice if she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair. I don’t think it’s going to sell too well.” Duh! This isn’t new.

I am thinking that AG Abbott is using this to fire up their base. I get it. But to voters out there who are not as invested, I really find it hard to picture that they are going to come across this ad in the coming days and develop a sense of outrage so don’t try to dumb them down. Tell me, what is there to be outraged about?

Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly has a different take on the ad. Here is a bit:

My initial reaction was that the ad was “mean-spirited and misleading”. I think most people agree with the first point, at least. The ad is, at best, weird, crass, and glib about the 1984 accident that left Abbott partially paralyzed at age 27; even Davis’s defenders were put off by the tone and framing.

Wow! Imagine campaigns putting out “mean-spirited and misleading” ads. How dare they!

Here is all of Grieder: http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/victims.

KC leads B’More 2 zip in the ALCS heading into tonight’s Game 3 at The K. When was the last time a team swept the ALCS?

Early Voting in Person starts in one week and I am betting that Voter IDs will be required.

There is a front page story in today’s Chron about the AG race. The GOP candidate is not campaigning. I wonder if voters are paying attention and I wonder if it matters. We will find out.

This week I got the GLBT endorsement card and a Vote Yes on Proposition 1 mailer.

From the Chron E-Board’s “Ups and downs” this past Saturday:

(Thumbs down) Memo to the dozen concerned citizens lining up to run for mayor of Houston: The central issue is not pension plans. The central issue is not crime and HPD’s inability to solve it. The central issue is not economic development. The central issue is traffic and streets and the inability to get from Point A to Point B in Houston without massive delays on our Third-World roads. The amount of construction has cascaded out of control inside the loop and in downtown. We now have gridlock, and it’s time for our highest-elected officials to coordinate a remedy.

Think about this when you are sitting in traffic.

In 2012, the Tigers swept the Yankees in four in the ALCS of course.

San Luis second baseman Kolten Wong had a walk-off dinger in the bottom of the 9th to grab a 5-4 win over the Giants last night. Wong was taken by the San Luis with the 22nd pick in the 2011 Amateur Player Draft. We took George Springer with the 11th pick that year.

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