Who Needs Batman, When You’ve Got Greg Abbott?

Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Oscar Gordon
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    And here I though Uncle Joe was the gaffe machine. Seems Abbot wants the title.Report

  2. Pinky
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    Em, I get your point, but that second-last paragraph is just too far. If it’s a balance between an innocent having to carry a child to term or an innocent dying, I’m going to go for the former every time.

    Personally, I think Abbott’s response fits the serial-rapist “stranger danger” framework, but not the “someone you know”. We could maybe reduce the incidence of the crime by increasing the penalty. Historically, it has been a capital crime.Report

  3. Chip Daniels
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    Comments like Abbot’s, and the reaction to them, always make me think of that observation about how fascists use illogic and absurdity to their advantage.

    He wasn’t making a carefully constructed proposal for a policy. He wasn’t critiquing any existing condition. It was a jumble of gibberish and word salad meant to cynically defend the indefensible.

    Abbot and his supporters can indulge in absurdity and demand that we respond with careful reasoning and logic, because their underlying premise is that whenever they hold power, there is really only one logic at play, which is that those with power are protected, while those without are not.Report

  4. Chris
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    I believe suicide rates were down in ’20, nationwide, but I could be misremembering.Report

  5. Mike Schilling
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    Obviously what Abbott said is a despicable lie that wouldn’t fool a 6-year-old, and what it really means is “I don’t care.”. But why would he say it? What audience is he playing to?Report

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