MSNBC Describes Wheelchair-Bound Greg Abbott As Having “Matchstick Thin Legs,” Frets Wendy Davis Can’t Make Him Into A “Villain”…
Mocking the handicapped . . . you stay classy, MSNBC!
The Davis campaign will keep trying to ignite that gender controversy — and they’ve got no shortage of material to work with. But Abbott might not be easy to portray as the second coming of Todd Akin, the 2012 Missouri GOP Senate hopeful whose comments about “legitimate rape” torpedoed his candidacy.
It’s not just that Abbott’s likely too smart and deliberate a campaigner to fall prey to an Akin-like gaffe on the trail—though that’s important. It’s also because of something less concrete: One reason Abbott may have chosen not to explicitly use his disability to demonstrate empathy is that he doesn’t have to.The simple sight of him in his wheelchair —matchstick-thin legs dangling in front of him as he maneuvers himself around— is enough to set him apart from the parade of conservative Republican white men who talk about helping the job creators and seem never to have suffered a day in their lives.
Put simpler: It’s hard to turn a guy in a wheelchair into a villain — no matter his record.