Texas Gov. Abbott Disappoints Yet Again

The Evening Campaign Update

It’s official: Texas Republican Governor Gregg Abbott, who governs a massive state of 28 million people that has seen fewer cases of Wuhan Virus than the city of Newark, New Jersey, has lost the race to reopen the massive Texas economy to…wait for it…radical leftist Colorado Democrat Jared Polis.

Hours after Polis announced he would gradually start to lift his state’s stay-at-home order beginning April 26, Abbott called a press conference to update Texans on the progress he and his timid and apparently paralyzed “strike force” had made since his last disappointing press conference on Friday.

Guess what? They haven’t made any progress to speak of.

From a Houston Chronicle report on the Abbott presser:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott painted a positive picture of the state’s battle against COVID-19, but he said it’s not time yet to open up the economy.

Abbott said on Tuesday the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus is “leveling off” and has remained mostly under 1,000 a day even as testing has accelerated. He said on April 9, Texas had more than 1,000 people test positive for COVID-19, but hasn’t hit that number in 12 straight days.

“It’s not because COVID-19 is suddenly dispersed from the geography of the state of Texas,” he said. “The reason why it is leveling off is because our fellow Texans have done such a great job of reducing their interactions with others.”

Abbott said he is in touch with private sector employers and health professionals and is hoping to have an announcement soon to reopen parts of the economy that have been closed since he issued his initial stay-at-home order on March 31.

He said on Monday he expects to make an announcement about the “next steps for opening up Texas.”

So basically, the Governor of the State of by-God Texas reported absolutely zero progress from his vaunted “strike force” and punted the question of reopening the 10th-largest economic engine on the face of the damn earth for six more days. There was a time when Texans could confidently look to Governor Abbott for strong and decisive leadership in the face of a crisis, as he demonstrated so well in the wake of the devastating passage of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. As of today, that time is apparently gone.

Look, no one is questioning the fact that we needed to take these mitigating steps back in March to try to “lower the curve” of this plague that has been visited upon our country by the communist Chinese government. But a month has now gone by, and all we are asking is for the Governor and his plodding “strike force” to demonstrate that they are at least giving the situation some real, analytical thought.

There are still over 60 counties in Texas that have seen zero cases of this virus, and well over 100 that have seen no more than 5. Anyone who wishes can go look right now and easily determine that more than 70% of the Wuhan Virus cases in Texas are centered in 11 of the state’s 254 counties. Why are the members of this “strike force” and the Governor insisting on treating all 254 of those counties the same?

For example, Brewster County covers a geographical area that is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware, yet its population is just a little more than 9,000 people. Brewster County has yet to report a single case of COVID-19, but its 9,000 residents are subject to the same stay-at-home order as the millions of residents of the City of Houston. The “non-essential” businesses in Brewster County are shut down just like those in the City of Dallas. People in Brewster County are being thrown out of jobs just like people in San Antonio.

Does that really make sense to you? Because it doesn’t make sense to me, and it shouldn’t make sense to anyone with functioning synapses in their cranial cavities. How in the hell can it possibly make sense to the plodding people on the “strike force,” who are apparently working under the Michael Horowitz model of moving forward, which is roughly at the speed of Brian Stelter savoring a box of jelly donuts.

This is maddening, and all I can say to Governor Abbott right now is that if you’ve lost me, you’ve lost Texas, and you are right on the cusp of losing me. The Governor is very, very fortunate not to be running for re-election this year.

That is all.

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30 thoughts on “Texas Gov. Abbott Disappoints Yet Again

  1. Sharon Campbell - April 21, 2020

    I too was very disappointed in Gov Abbott’s no news news conference.

  2. Pezboy - April 21, 2020

    The GOP is not called the Stupid Party for no reason. Gutless politicians who live in their own bubbles and will never feel the effects of destroying our country. I am starting to get rather frustrated.

    1. So you refer to them as the “Stupid Party” and now you’re frustrated that they did something stupid? Do you also find at times that water is so annoying wet? Or that Disneyland would be awesome, but for all those freakin’ brats? Or is this merely a part of your daily meditation, i.e. “I bitch….therefore I AM (by golly by gum, and then some)!”?? Asking for a friend, of course.

      1. Htos 1av - April 22, 2020

        Hey Timmy, is your real name achmed or Patel?

      2. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

        You can tell this site is succeeding and growing in popularity based on the fact that it is now attracting a troll population.

        1. Silas - April 22, 2020

          Yep and if we all just not feed them things will be fine.

        2. David Blackmon - April 22, 2020

          LOL! Truth!

  3. Ben Reel - April 21, 2020

    The “strike force” is performing more like a “strike-out force.”

  4. stevekerp - April 21, 2020

    IT’S A HOAX!! https://www.infowars.com/hot-mic-moment-at-coronavirus-task-force-briefing/
    The actual morbidity rate for COVID19 is somewhere between 0.0048% and 0.0024%, not the 3.4% LIE that triggered this insane “response.”

  5. Gregg - April 21, 2020

    Isn’t it amazing how so many of these – from feckless to communist – governors who are keeping their states held hostage to varying degrees just happen to NOT be up for election THIS year?

    Quite the coincidence.

    We need a federal constitutional amendment to allow for the recall of all elected officials at all levels via a vote of no confidence held every election day (the first Tuesday after the first Monday in every November) where the elected official will be immediately removed from office if he or she fails to get a 50% plus one vote for retention.

    The main stipulations would be that only people who voted in the original election for him or her are allowed to vote in the recall election and a certain percentage (25 – 35%?) of the voters from the previous election must submit a valid petition to force the recall election.

    We must have a fair and direct mechanism available to remove frauds and mistakes – a mulligan if you will. The same option, with higher petition criteria, also must be in place for activist judges.

    The whole constitution was written with the assumption that elected officials would be honorable people who would swear to uphold it, not undermine and destroy it. Many of today’s pols are not ‘honorable’ so “we the people” now need this additional safeguard.

    Also, term limits for all offices with a maximum of twelve years; including Judges.

    These options must be available to a free people since it is proven that congressional ‘ethics’ committees for example, have proven to be capable of sanctioning and/or removing their corrupt brethren, unless they have an (R) after their name.

  6. Dan V. Jackson - April 21, 2020

    Dave: As a fellow Texan, I share your disappointment in Gov. Abbott. I am simply bewildered that he is not moving more decisively on re-opening the state. But he has a big test coming up, with Dallas County voting (3-2) to extend the lockdown until May 15. Abbott can overrule the County, and if he doesn’t, if he allows the County to remain locked down for another month, he will lose me for sure.

  7. Silas - April 21, 2020

    It’s FEAR. Plain, old fashioned fear.

    “I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

    God Bless Frank Herbert. I read Dune my sophomore year in high school. That was 1973.
    One of the best books ever written.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

      With ya on that! Love Frank Herbert! He was prescient.

  8. Gregg - April 21, 2020

    You know these governors really have a pretty easy choice in that if they keep their state closed they can say it is for the safety and health of their subjects, I mean citizens, and when few actually die they can proclaim themselves heroes. If they open “too early” and some people continue to die, they can blame Trump for following his guidelines. That to me is their thinking

    Won’t work this time as Trump is not your normal GOP wuss president, and more people than they realize know what is going on. Trump will fight this stupidity in his own direct way and many of these feckless or s*******t (at best ) governors, mayors and ‘health’ officials will be beaten in their next election.

  9. Gregg - April 21, 2020

    Apparently s********t used in any context is a baaaaaaaad word to our censoring friends at WP

  10. James Smith - April 21, 2020

    I opened my business today and spent the day with clients. To hell with these politicians. What their actions show that they do not trust the people to run their lives for their own benefit. I am not beholden to these fools and will not be,

    1. brian - April 22, 2020

      Well if I lived in your neck of the woods I’d go out of my way to do business with you.

      There are shops here in my town that I will never spend another dime at, I’ll drive to the next town as I have already done. People need to start voting again with their wallets… Carefully consider where you shop. If the business has politicized their customer base, eg Mikes Sporting, then take you money elsewhere. If China is one of their suppliers of cheap junk… voice your concern and give them a bit of time to find a local supplier. Then do business with them.

      Stop funding them is the best way to go short violent takeovers. Commies hate departing with their own money so the Pravda’s fueling these takeovers, media, hollywood, microcrap, google, fakebook, etc etc. Turn them off and/or go to alternatives.

  11. Silas - April 21, 2020

    Way to go James! Time to dare them yo impede on your right to conduct commerce and business with your fellow citizens.

  12. Larry Folds - April 22, 2020

    We have a Constitution but too many of us are too busy getting drunk and watching Netflix to give a damn.

    1. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

      This is one of the most succinct, accurate, and saddest posts I have read.

  13. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

    It is very surprising and disappointing. I can only surmise that his actions thus far are tied to promises of federal money. Otherwise it makes no sense.

  14. Marilyn Renee Crawford - April 22, 2020

    We the people should never have tolerated the suspension of our rights. Never. Millions and millions of people, jacked around by the clowns who love control in our governing body.

  15. TomPain - April 22, 2020

    He had an opportunity to cut through the FUD and show the rest of the country what real American grit and determination looks like. Instead he listened to a “task force” and did a bunch of nothing. Has Trump taught these politicians nothing? Leaders are leaders and politicians are politicians. Leadership is not about forming committees and task forces – it is about making a hard decision based on information available, doing it decisively, and then owning the decision and the consequences. Americans will forgive a mistake, but they will not forgive weakness and timidity.

  16. Rick O'Shay - April 22, 2020

    Mandatory masks for Harris County.

    This is insanity. We are heading the wrong way!

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

      Great read! I doubt if most reporters and journalists will understand a word he said, though. Functional illiteracy has its costs – it’s not just the math.

    2. Jimmy MacAfee - April 22, 2020

      Best news from the article: Georgia is opening for business.

      Maybe someone could read the story to the Texas Governor.

      1. phineas gage - April 22, 2020

        Yes, I had particular interest as a Georgia resident.

        I am shocked that we are opening before Texas, the state that I had expected to lead the way.

        Sounds like Tennessee is moving toward reopening as well.

        1. David Blackmon - April 22, 2020

          Texas won’t be leading. Our governor is only looking to cover his ass politically. Very sad, but true.

  17. Rick O'Shay - April 22, 2020

    Hopefully if this continues Rebublicans will hand that ass to him come election time.

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