Beware The Jabberwock

Are these people for real? Like Jim Jordan:

Does he ignore Ted Cruz like the rest of us do? Because this is Ted from his podcast:

“Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation’s history,” Cruz said. “Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states. We saw states before Obergefell were moving, some states were moving to allow gay marriage. Other states were moving to allow civil partnerships. There were different standards that the states were adopting.”

Cruz continued: “Had the court not ruled in Obergefell, the Democratic process would have continued to operate, that if you believed gay marriage was a good idea, the way the constitution is set up for you to advance that position is to convince your fellow citizens… In Obergefell, the court said ‘no, we know better than you guys do’ and now every state must sanction and permit gay marriage. I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided. It was the court overreaching.”

It’s horrifying, right? I had no idea either that he had a podcast.

On Tuesday the House voted to codify marriage equality nonetheless. Most Republicans voted against it, because they belong to a hate group, like my own House rep, Alex Mooney (R-Sedition City, WV). He also posted a screed on Facebook about marriage being between a man and a woman, complete with a black and white stock image of a white couple holding hands on their wedding day.

Alex is considered a liability by the House GOP caucus, and rightly so because he is stupid and quite proud of it, and so you probably haven’t heard of him. He spends his time on some subcommittee dedicated to bringing soccer games to the United States aka a preemptive damage control job. He tried to run for the House in Maryland, where–a la Dr. Oz–he tried to stay, but Marylanders wanted no truck with his bloviating buffoonery.

You might not know that West Virginia lost a House seat because it’s a beautiful state run by monsters and young people here who get a college education get the hell out of Dodge as soon as they can. The penalty for being a hellhole full of people whose goal is to hurt others is that you lose a House seat.

David McKinley (R-Loserville, pop. 1), who lost the WV GOP House primary to Mooney, decided not to vote at all. Yep. He won’t have a House seat next year, and he’s not MAGA enough for the political lunatic fringe that is the WV electorate to have any other viable local political career and he still didn’t have the courage to vote for marriage equality.

Carol Miller (R-Cowardice City) tested positive for Covid on Tuesday. She sent a letter to use proxy voting and Mooney voted for her on several issues. Given the overall tenor of the current Republican party, her cowardice isn’t surprising. But she took it a step further and issued a statement about the bill:

“This issue is settled law. There is no challenge to the full faith and credit of any union, nor should there be, and attempts by Democrats to suggest otherwise is irresponsible and wrong. This vote is just fear mongering by Democrats who are trying to distract from the very real problems Americans are facing because of Joe Biden’s failed leadership and failed policies, out of control inflation and gas prices, baby formula shortages, the workforce crisis, and broken supply chains.”

Do they realize we can see them? None of them are subtle. Or smart. Or logically coherent. And yet they persist.

Speaking of not smart Republicans, Marco Rubio was desperate to change the subject on the bill being taken up in the Senate:

The real threat to marriage equality and access to contraception comes from Democrats! Can’t you see the rabid desire to…uh…checks notes…codify equality and right to privacy is the real threat here! Democrats are overreacting because there’s not even 1 Republican voter who Rubio knows who is even slightly concerned about this. No one is coming up to ask him to codify marriage equality. Then again, who would?

I love Lewis Carroll’s Alice books and quote them quite often. I don’t usually quote Jabberwocky, but the made up words and fantastic imagery are really great for describing the modern Republican party. The party started to get unmoored during the Reagan years, culminating in the completely adrift administration of TFG.

After years of BIGGEST CROWD EVER PERIOD and fake Sharpie hurricane paths I hoped the Mad Hatter’s tea party would wind down. No such luck. Or as Alice said:

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

Elton John can have the last word.

2 thoughts on “Beware The Jabberwock

  1. At the risk of stirring up a frumious bandersnatch, I will note that Sen. Grassley said the marriage thing wasn’t necessary or worth the valuable time of the Senate, because same sex marriage was settled law. He was immediately reminded that up until very recently the same could be said about abortion. He didn’t have anything to say about that. Perhaps he doesn’t read the papers.

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