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..Jess McIntosh of Emily's List nails it.

Jess McIntosh addressing the republican attack on Wendy Davis' bio:

"..Let's take a look at what the actual discrepancies are there. She said she got divorced when she was 19..turns out she was separated at 19 and the divorce became official at 21.
 Now I've been telling everyone for my entire life that my parents got divorced when I was 4. But I just texted my mom from the green room and it turns out that wasn't official until I was five.

I think anybody who has a divorce in their life knows the date the matters.

As for the trailer park; if Greg Abbott is really going to base his campaign around attacking her for not living as a single mother with her young daughter in a mobile home for long enough, that's going to be really tough to win over voters thinking that you're compassionate."

Jess McIntosh @ minute ~5:30 (short ad - sorry)
transcript @ link:

Perfect comeback; by flipping the script on the spun-up BS Jess has handily shown the same level of BS that is behind the bulk of republicans attacks - undoing the GOP re-write of the truth

So Kudos to Jess for pointing out the absurd (and that's putting it nicely) in the GOP framing. Hope to hear more telling like it really is just like this !

Just a little update :)

got to go set some more tile for now - back in awhile - thanks stopping by

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  •  Hey Abbott!! (5+ / 0-)

    Stop the cheap shots

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:56:22 PM PST

  •  I've mentioned this before (6+ / 0-)

    Davis' campaign as a symbol bears much resemblance to Ann Richards' campaign of 1990, and for the same reasons.

    Richards' opponent in 1990 was Clayton Williams. a West Texas rancher-entraprenneur who had never run for public office before.  He was quite attractive to those apolitical types,  many of them Ross Perot for President supporters later, who honestly believed "We need a businessman to be President so he can run things like a business and straighten things out."  He was done in by his own gaffes, though.

    What stands out to me, though, was a remark on Williams supporter (name lost to antiquity) used to introduce Modesta Williams, Claytie's wife (he loved her so much he named his cell phone company "Claydesta"):  the poor ass editorialized that if Williams won, Modesta would be "The next First Lady of Texas;"  but if he didn't there wouldn't be one (Richards was divorced from attorney David Richards, but often escorted to official events by the sportswriter Bud Shrake).

    That struck me as a bizarre example of how the reactionary mind works - that the presence of, or absence of, a gubernatorial spouse, is so significant it's worth mentioning.  No doubt the fellow spoke extemporaneously (or - surely not - did the spin doctors write that line for him?) but it was clearly an appeal to those who worldviews registered such trivialities as important.

    Fast forward to today - there really are socially conservative people who find the idea of electing a twice-divorced woman who lived in a trailer park as Governor to be repugnant.   Just not enough to swing an election, though.  And as in 1990, I believe Texas Republicans are going to try that line of argument and see it fail again.  

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:10:41 PM PST

  •  How long is long enough? (5+ / 0-)

    I lived in one for 8.5 years. I didn't mind it, though.  Life was much simpler. There's such a stigma to living in a trailer park.  It gave me a great start.

    Human dignity + compassion = Peace (Anonymous)

    by Raggedy Ann on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:16:35 PM PST

    •  I've lived in a "trailer park" (4+ / 0-)

      (euphemistically called a "mobile home park") for more than 12 years. I call myself trailer trash and I tell people I live in a tornado magnet. The fact that it a little higher class than a trailer park and I live in CA doesn't make it better or worse than a 'regular' house or apt. or condo. Just cheaper.

      I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

      by woolibaar on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:24:12 PM PST

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      •  Mine was called a (2+ / 0-)
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        home park, too.  As you know, it's still a trailer park.  It was a gated community, sort of, because there was only one in and out, so my kids could run free with their friends and I NEVER worried about them.  It was a good place to live.

        Human dignity + compassion = Peace (Anonymous)

        by Raggedy Ann on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 02:31:49 PM PST

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        •  I lived in mobile homes most of my life (2+ / 0-)
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          Some "trailer parks" some "mobile home parks". It was ours, we had good neighbors, a pool and clubhouse, our own vegetable and flower garden. The "coach club" I lived in was a victim of a hurricane a few years ago, now it's just a vacant lot up for sale.

          I'd move back into one, in the right location.

          •  Me, too. (0+ / 0-)

            In fact, my husband and I are going to live in our Truck/Camper for a couple of years until we decide where to plant ourselves.  Thus, we'll be a RV parks, trailer parks that accept TC's for short periods (a month or longer), etc.  We're really looking forward to the experience.  

            Human dignity + compassion = Peace (Anonymous)

            by Raggedy Ann on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 05:15:15 AM PST

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  •  She claimed she divorced when she (3+ / 0-)
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    was 19. But in actuality, they separated when she was 19, and the divorce wasn't final until she was 21. IMO, while "I was divorced at 19" is technically inaccurate, this is about as tiny an inaccuracy as can exist. It was basically a 2-year window of breaking up and going through the courts, and saying it happened when she was 19 is almost just right. Then again, the GOP is great at making a little thing into a big thing, so this may matter.

    But jeez.

  •  BTW--her ex husband has refused to take the bait (5+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, TofG, a2nite, Eric Nelson, Rogneid

    He declined a CNN interview, only saying "Wendy would make a very capable governor"

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 02:19:10 PM PST

  •  GOP really working at getting the woman vote. 1) (4+ / 0-)
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    This attack on Wendy Davis 2) Rep. Steve Peirce's advocacy of wives "submitting" to husbands 3) continuing aggressive efforts to outlaw and criminalize abortions...

  •  If a Republican were using their bio (0+ / 0-)

    to try and connect with voters, would we let a couple of small discrepancies slide?

    New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

    by AlexDrew on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 03:30:49 PM PST

    •  small discrepencies are the least we let slide (0+ / 0-)

      The whole premise, the very foundation of the republican platform is false - "conservative"

      Shilling for corporations and the affluent rentiér 1%ers, they conserve nothing. Not the environment, not freedom, not liberty, civil rights, voting rights or a fair tax code; not even the constitution do they respect

      The list of things that Dems let slide beyond first recognizing the GOP as a party of representatives fairly elected by the majority is so long, it is far more accurate, if one is searching for a comparison - that is, to look first at the what the republican brand does deserve credit for in their attempt to "connect with voters". Real flesh and blood people voters

      That'll take awhile; when every move they make is in service of a tiny minority; longer than they've earned - imo - these poor persecuted victims of the Liberal tyranny that they are desperate to have us believe

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