Morning Mix: GOP Remains Culture War Crazy
Well, it was another big day for the GOP. And by big I mean ridiculous.
First there was the “oversight” hearing by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) that was apparently about how bishops and orthodox rabbis feel oppressed when insurance companies make contraceptives affordable and accessible. The hearing was such a joke that Democrats left in protest. Not only were no women invited to participate in the first panel, but Issa had the courage to suggest women’s voices weren’t needed because he was holding a hearing on religious freedom, not women’s issues. Well okay then.
Thankfully Foster Friess, the money behind the Santorum surge, jumped in to suggest life would be so much simpler for everyone if women just kept their legs shut. Of course he later suggested he was “joking” and that the viewers, and presumably a flabbergasted Andrea Mitchell, just didn’t get the “context” of the joke.
All of this focus on women troubles distracted from the other big news, which is the economy is most certainly on the rebound. Which totally explains why the Republicans have gone full-hog with the culture war.
Speaking of the culture war, New Jersey became yet another state to pass a gay marriage bill, only this time the measure faces a promised veto from Gov. Chris Christie (R). Congratulations to the people of New Jersey for helping pin Republicans with the sad reality of their bigotry. It’s a shame Gov. Christie will veto this bill, and we’ll remind him of that. Again and again and again.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney insists he’s still got it together. Romney picked up the endorsement of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) though it won’t do him any good. The latest polls show him losing convincingly to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Maybe one reason Romney doesn’t do so well with Michigan voters is because they are not all that happy with the corporate takeover of their local governments and Romney represents that on the macro level. Just a thought.
In fact, the Romney camp may have decided that the less most people see of him right now, the better. Romney’s pulled out of a debate set for Super Tuesday, March 1 in Georgia. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took the news as opportunity to grandstand on Romney’s dismissal of the people of Georgia. Gingrich is predicted to handily win the Georgia primary.
The House of Representatives is losing a fierce advocate with the retirement of Barney Frank (D-MA), but Joseph Kennedy III, grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy and son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, announced plans to run for Franks’ seat. Kennedy had been a rumored candidate for a while, but now that it’s official, expect even more attention and money to pour into the state of Massachusetts.
No word on whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) had a speedy recovery from that sudden onset of the stomach flu that unfortunately coincided with a scheduled meeting with President Obama.
It was a big week for Republican craziness. Here’s hoping they decide to take the weekend off.
Photo from Elvert Barnes via flickr.