The worst campaign ad ever?

posted at 5:21 pm on October 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It’s simply stunning in its sheer desperation. It’s so bad that I’m writing this post at nearly 11 pm in Rome to make sure it goes up on the site tonight. This isn’t just a bad campaign ad — it may very well be the worst, most cynical campaign ad ever. And the award goes to Wendy Davis, who’s about to get trounced by Greg Abbott, and this shows why:

An empty wheelchair?  Making an argument that Abbott profited off of his disability? The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake tries to remain objective, but … come on:

This as is the sort of highly risky gambit you only see from a long-shot campaign. And, as often as not, these sorts of “Hail Marys” fail miserably.

If if does backfire and Davis wants to run for office in the future, you can rest assured this one will stick with her.

We’ll come back to that point in a minute. First, Abbott’s campaign also argues for the historical low mark in a statement sent out to the media this afternoon:

“It is challenging to find language strong enough to condemn Sen. Davis’ disgusting television ad, which represents a historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans. Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas.”

Or anywhere else than Texas, too. Even the ad considered to be the most demagogic ever — the once-run-only “Daisy” ad from LBJ against Barry Goldwater in 1964 — didn’t exploit a personal disability and suggested that it was a profit-producing enterprise. The Abbott campaign also produced plenty of evidence debunking the rest of this despicable smear. Abbott’s intervention in the case cited by the ad was to defend the constitutionality of the state’s tort-reform law, which as Attorney General was Abbott’s job. His briefs never touched on whether the surgeon in the case was negligent, merely pointing instead that the law required a finding of actual specific intent to moot the limits on damages. The reason it became necessary for Abbott to intervene in the first place was because the lawsuit against the hospital and surgeon challenged the constitutionality of the tort-reform law.

Perhaps Wendy Davis isn’t familiar with what an Attorney General does.

As far as sticking with Davis, this ad should stick to all Democrats in this cycle who don’t condemn it and demand that Davis retract the ad and apologize. We’re still playing by Todd Akin rules, right?

We should be — and we should start demanding that the media treat both parties equally in the one-candidate’s-actions-applies-to-entire-party game. In the meantime, just marvel at the level of desperation and cynicism this ad demonstrates, and keep it bookmarked — because we won’t see its like for a while. And we may likely not see Wendy Davis backed by her party for any office again in the near future, either.


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Bmore

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Sorry, here’s the link to the old dispute among jim56/Bmore.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Not that I needed any more evidence condemning jimbo, he now joins csdeven, lourdes, hagfish, joana and the others as trolls who no matter how they try to change, have no redeeming qualities what so ever.

Worthy of only scorn, derision and pity.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

D-rat success story

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

You are an idiot. My father was paralyzed in an accident in 1960 and my mother stayed with him until they died eleven days apart in 1995.

Cindy, that is really touching. I suspect it has something to do with the kind of person you grew up to be. Sometimes even in these small blog comments a person’s character is revealed. It shows in your posts. And in jimbo’s in quite a different way.

FOAF on October 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

lol, has jim56 been banned yet?

Midas on October 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

cozmo, this site is not working properly on this iPad thingy. It was from a QOTD. Copy the quote and google it. It will take you straight to it. Hopefully HA will get the site fixed soon. If they even are aware of the problem. ; )

Bmore on October 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I haven’t tried using an ipad to read here in several days. Last time I tried, every thread started to load, then dumped to a big ad – *no* thread was *ever* readable, just that one single f*cking ad, over and over again, lol.

Midas on October 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I don’t know which is worse…this ad or her being called “Abortion Barbie” for many months. I guess I believe that pretty much all people are hypocrites.

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Commenter must have posted this on the wrong thread I’m thinking. So………..

I went back and checked what jim56 said in the Wendy Davis ad thread and I don’t see anything there about a paraplegic man’s wife staying in it for the money that wasn’t surpassed by the native commenters’ comments about the supposed good done for society when an unarmed teenager was shot dead in Florida a couple years ago.

I notice this a lot here. It’s not so much the rush to hypocritical displays of phony outrage – both sides do that and the left does it basically in lieu of asserting any affirmative agenda whatsoever. But when the commenters at the top conservative blogs launch into a pageant of phony outrage, the bar for offence is set so low and the language of rebuke is so exaggerated that it’s not even believable.

eh on October 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Bmore on October 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

MSNBC is running an online “poll” asking their challenged Cultists whether or not the ad crossed the line.

Currently, 79% say it does not.

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Bmore on October 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Midas on October 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

You youngsters and your new fangled gadgets.

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Wow, quite the dilemma.

Wendy Davis reveled in her Barbie looks and worked to enhance them. She also went beyond the call, or what is accepted, in her push for total freedom in abortion rights.

Wendy Davis is proud of this ad, the way she looks and her stance on abortion.

I’m sure Jimbo shares your view on the hypocrisy here.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Bmore on October 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Hmmmm…two comments bringing up hypocrisy late in the game. Maybe the trolls have decided on their meme.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Wow, quite the dilemma.

Wendy Davis reveled in her Barbie looks and worked to enhance them. She also went beyond the call, or what is accepted, in her push for total freedom in abortion rights.

Wendy Davis is proud of this ad, the way she looks and her stance on abortion.

I’m sure Jimbo shares your view on the hypocrisy here.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Well then, Abbott should be proud that he collected $10 million and worked to make sure no one else could do the same.

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Ignorant fool.

I suppose you will stay that way instead of educate yourself.

With this comment you have shown that you had no dilemma, but you tried to be sly and argue equivalency.

You failed.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I don’t know which is worse…this ad or her being called “Abortion Barbie” for many months.

 
Really?
 
You don’t know which is worse?
 
Seriously?
 

I guess I believe that pretty much all people are hypocrites.
 
stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

 
+1. Well said.

rogerb on October 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Well then, Abbott should be proud that he collected $10 million and worked to make sure no one else could do the same.

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

You mean he should be proud he worked to uphold the laws of Texas as he is supposed to do as AG? Or are you advocating that AGs should abandon the rule of law and do whatever the hell they want? Please let us know. Meanwhile, choke on the political damage this will do to the bloody sneakered one.

NotCoach on October 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Meanwhile, choke on the political damage this will do to the bloody sneakered one.

NotCoach on October 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

That damage has already been done. Mostly before this ad.

Now we wait to see what collateral damage Wendy has caused.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I haven’t tried using an ipad to read here in several days. Last time I tried, every thread started to load, then dumped to a big ad – *no* thread was *ever* readable, just that one single f*cking ad, over and over again, lol.

Midas on October 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Midas, you may want to try Comodo IceDragon or Opera, as an alternative to Firefox or Safari…smaller footprint, and user-friendly. Comodo is based on the FF engine so it’ll be similar in use and setup…Opera I haven’t used in awhile on a mobile platform so I can’t speak to its friendliness for the Apple OS.

Just be sure to backup your data (preferably to a usb stick or email to yourself) before doing so. Results may vary….:o)

BlaxPac on October 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

I don’t know which is worse…this ad or her being called “Abortion Barbie” for many months. I guess I believe that pretty much all people are hypocrites.

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Calling Sarah Palin ‘Caribou Barbie’ = good. Calling Wendy Davis ‘Abortion Barbie’ = bad. Got it.

stvnscott on October 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Now we wait to see what collateral damage Wendy has caused.

cozmo on October 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

There won’t be any.

Just today, polls came out that were really good news for Dems.

Ernst’s 6 pt lead in IA is now down to one (Iowa Poll), and Braley is destroying her in early voting 56-38.

And in GA, Nunn is tied with Perdue.

If a wave is coming, it’s sure hiding.

warriorgreg on October 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I don’t know which is worse…this ad or her being called “Abortion Barbie” for many months. I guess I believe that pretty much all people are hypocrites.

Care to explain the link between a policy position on abortion, and suggesting illicit profits off a person’s actual disability, that leads to a conclusion of hypocrisy?

The Schaef on October 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

eh on October 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Just keep painting with your very broad brush.

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I don’t know which is worse…this ad or her being called “Abortion Barbie” for many months. I guess I believe that pretty much all people are hypocrites.

stingray9813 on October 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Her whole reason for political prominence is her promotion of abortion after 20 weeks which she did in Barbie pink shoes. She also made a big deal of both those things as did the media. Why would she or her supporters consider being called Abortion Barbie a negative thing?

talkingpoints on October 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

The ray stung the brain.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2014 at 11:10 PM

eh on October 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Eh!

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Forget Dems; considering how even the corrupt, cowardly GOP falsely stabbed Akin in the back for telling the truth, even if clumsily, it’s most laughable they should object to this that they’re hardly any better than if one cares to take the life of the unborn as seriously, as most show from their inaction they don’t.

russedav on October 12, 2014 at 3:50 AM

Wendys Chair

Bmore on October 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

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