Monday, July 6, 2020

Greg Abbott and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Three Days

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."
Galatians 6:7

Stories one and two (both from Saturday):

The Ector County Republican Party voted Saturday to censure Gov. Greg Abbott, accusing him of overstepping his authority in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, while state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, called for a special session so lawmakers could have a say in how Texas proceeds amid soaring caseloads.
Story number three (from earlier this morning):

Approval ratings of Governor Greg Abbott's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic remained net positive: 49% approved and 41% disapproved. This represented a 7-point drop in his positive rating in April, and a 12-point increase in his negative rating, amounting to a 19-point reduction in his net approval rating from + 27 in April to +8 in June.
We don't have time to address each of these stories on their own. But the TL,DR version is that any one of them would be bad for Abbott. The three of them together is brutal.

Again, each of these deserves a full post...but quick hits:
  • Censure is pretty much the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a GOP elected official in Texas.
  • Charles Perry calling for a special session means Abbott's loss of support in the legislature is growing rather significantly.
  • The Trib poll means Abbott has nowhere to go if he truly loses his base.

Also, keep in mind that the Trib poll was conducted before the mask order...and there ain't no way Abbott's numbers went up after that.

It's quite the pickle.

Bottom Line: One of these headlines is bad enough. Three is brutal. But the worst part for Abbott is that there's no reason to believe the bad headlines will stop any time soon.

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