From over the weekend.
A Twitter poster who called Wendy Davis an “idiot” and “retard Barbie,” and said Greg Abbott would demolish her in the governor’s election, got a thank-you from Abbott’s campaign also via Twitter.
The exchange prompted a flurry of people on Twitter to suggest that Abbott should have refuted the offensive language instead of giving a shout out to the poster.
The poster, @jefflegal, frequently comments on political events and ridicules liberals. He had little patience for those who criticized his name-calling. He said he was using irony and “loved hearing complaints from liberals.”
Here’s the exchange:
— Jeff Rutledge (@jefflegal) August 17, 2013
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 17, 2013
The story has already gone national. Abbott, who according to TrailBlazers writes all his own tweets, later attempted to back away a bit:
FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don't endorse anyone's offensive language. Stay positive.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 18, 2013
Nor, apparently, will he condemn such language – and remember, even Sarah Palin considers the word “retarded” to be offensive. Look, Greg Abbott isn’t responsible for what a troglodyte like that has to say, but once he engages with him like that, it’s fair game. Abbott could have easily ignored him – it’s not like being tweeted at demands a response – but if he does choose to respond, the nature of his response, and what wasn’t said, is open to scrutiny. I will simply note that one of the keys to a Wendy Davis victory next year is a nice, big gender gap. It’s fine by me if Abbott and his Barbie-obsessed Twitter supporters keep on doing their best to make that happen.
One more thing, from this Trib story about the perils of candidates/officeholders doing unsupervised tweeting:
An Abbott source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the attorney general did not read the full message (and in particular, the offensive language) before expressing his gratitude.
UPDATE: Despite giving Abbott more credit than he deserves, the DMN editorial board nails it.