It is rude to say I told you so. Therefore I won’t do that.
The nominees for the Texas Governor’s race have not even been selected yet, but Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis is already creating a rhetorical pileup in the far right lane. Even in the Fox News universe, there are women who are uncomfortable with the way Davis is being manhandled by “conservative” talkers.
Greta Van Sustern lashed out at Red State’s Erick Erickson today, calling him a “jerk” over his Wendy Davis tweets. Her comments are on her Fox News blog here. Erickson is a first class jerk, but that’s basically his profession. What’s awkward is a Fox News commentator pointing out crude, bigoted behavior by a professional far right blowhard.
Like I said, Davis creates some difficult problems for the far right. You can alienate virtually every black person in America and still win a lot of state and local elections. Insulting women is a considerably more tenuous election tactic. Unfortunately, there is no force remaining in the GOP that can stop this nightmare from unfolding.
Davis is irresistible bigot-bait. It will not take long for the nasty rhetoric to overwhelm whatever messaging either side tries to develop. That’s not good news for a Republican frontrunner.
Greg Abbott, the presumed Republican nominee, could try to diffuse the rhetoric but it would cost him the support of his base and run counter to all of his instincts. He is unlikely to ever recognize the problem in the first place. You don’t become the leader in the GOP race for Texas Governor by virtue of your keen sensitivity to women’s concerns.
For twenty years the party has shouted down anyone who tried to encourage basic civility or understanding on culture, gender, or racial issues. Whoever tells Erick Erickson to stop insulting women can expect to earn their RiNO tag and be sent into exile for the sin of pushing “political correctness.” Without any adults left in the room, this is going to get much uglier.