Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is lucky not to be on the 2020 ballot

Texas is experiencing rapid growth in coronavirus caseloads and hospitalizations, and Gov. Greg Abbott is suffering politically for the decisions he’s made along the way. Photo credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Pool/Austin American-Statesman

The governor would face real competition if he were on the ballot this year — even in a Republican Party primary. His response to the pandemic has opened him to political attacks from the left and the right alike.

Greg Abbott has had a rough month. The civil liberties wing of the governor’s Republican Party, with its focus on individual freedom and economics, is lobbing rotten tomatoes his way — increasingly agitated by his attempts to cage the coronavirus with a new series of behavioral restrictions.

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