I am, believe it or not, both shocked and elated at the behavior of the Repugnicans lately. I mean, I’m used to all of the fear and hatred of vaginas, compassion, critical thinking, the poor, the non-white, and science – that’s part and parcel of who they are. I just can’t believe that they’re doubling down on this birth control thing, something that most reasonable Americans thought was settled 40 years ago. I thought they mighta reached peak wingnut back when people still gave a shit about the teabaggers… apparently I was wrong. And, as it’s getting closer to the election, I say “Super!’
The thing that’s always been hard for me to figure out with the nutters is the strength of their conviction… when there’s as much crazy as there is going around nowadays, one can’t help but be cynical. Most of ‘em can’t actually believe this shit, can they? But then when I see the doubling down and the crazy keep going up, I start to think they do. Why else would they continue down a path that automatically alienates a sizable portion of the population (you know, those “sluts”, “sluts” being anyone who has used their vagina for something other than the explicit use of making a baby)? They must actually believe this shit. That’s all I can really come to. And the country-club wing that defined the GOP for so long has been browbeaten into silence, or they’re just going along for the ride because they think that there’s enough crazy in the country to have it play to their political advantage.
The “oh-shit-they’re-fucking-clueless” thing really hit home for me this morning, when I checked my e-mail and read my Christian Coalition newsletter. Like Sarah Palin’s Twitter feed, I signed up for it strictly for entertainment purposes. The latest:
Unfortunately, through nefarious shenanigans, the Democrats would not even allow Senators to vote up or down on the Blunt Amendment. Harry Reid, whose party controls the United States Senate – undoubtedly for less than a year more with disastrous votes for the Democrats such as Thursday’s vote – had to play cute and have a vote to “Table the Blunt Amendment” which would confuse a lot of Americans; and that was the Democrats’ intention. The vote was not about contraception as the pro-abortion liberals maintain, but maintaining religious freedom for all Americans which the Blunt Amendment would have done.
Oooh! Nefarious shenanigans! The Repugs would neeeeeeeeever do that (cough cough filibuster cough). And the “disastrous vote”? That’s the funniest thing of all. Not everyone hates vaginas, Christian Coalition. And the Christian Coalition mentioning “confused Americans”? That’s golden. Religious freedom, my ass.
I’m surprised that President Obama doesn’t have a terminal case of the hiccups right now. Between the GOP clownshow primary, Rush, and all of the other nuttery, I’ll bet he can’t stop laughing. I know I can’t.