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.


Eugene Windchy
Eugene Windchy4 years ago

Sandra Fluke told Congress she is paying $1,000 per year for birth control pills. Wall Street Journal says today they cost $9 per month at WalMart. That's $108 per year.

Are the pro-Obama media refusing to report the truth? If not, what is going on here?

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago


Karen F.
karen Friedmn4 years ago

The Repubtea party has one agenda ,and it is take control of America but surpressing children to be educated in public schools, keeping all women of child bearing age pregnant, and poor.They want a nation of one faith, one color , and contol like Hitler did in Germany. Any of those running for office on the right want more government control in it's citizens lives, not less control.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

You gave to accept this from some of the right alice. They think someone else is always trying to take their stuff. They are ever vigilant……..even if a program is helping 20 million people if 500 of them don't deserve it then they will focus on the 500 not the 20 million. Its just how they are made. SOMONE is taking my stuff!!!! Its MY stuff.

Contrary to popular belief "he who dies with the most stuff wins" is wrong. He who dies with the most stuff is simply dead.

alice Johnson
alice J.4 years ago

Thanks, Myron, I appreciate it very much.
You guys have all made me feel very welcome here!
We'll be debating again soon.


Renee K.
Renee K.4 years ago

Hey, if men think that birth control is bad for women, and abortions should be illegal, why, we women should accommodate those males and not give them sex. We will keep them moral, and keep temptation from their path.

I am, of course, being sarcastic. But it does bring a plan to mind..........anyone remember the Greek play Lysistrata? My apologies if I misspelled the name. It was about two warring cities. The women of both decided they were sick of the war, and withheld their "favors" until the men ended it.

Eugene Windchy
Eugene Windchy4 years ago

BTW, those pills are dangerous. From WashPost:

During the past year, they say, there have been a number of troubling developments concerning birth control, and yet the national discussion remains focused on who is doling it out.
Last month, Pfizer recalled one million packets of birth control pills due to pregnancy concerns, because of a manufacturing mix-up. Several weeks before that, an advisory committee to the FDA said labels on the popular Yaz and Yasmin pills didn’t contain the information they should about possibly causing blood clots. Two different studies found those pills put women at a higher risk of blood clots.
Women began self-reporting health problems like blood clots, too, often on “survivor boards” As of last month, approximately 10,000 lawsuits piled up against Bayer by women who have suffered blood clots or by the families of women who have died while taking Yaz or Yasmin.
And yet the pill continues to see an almost universally positive representation in the media, writes Holly Grigg-Spall in Ms. Magazine, as “a quality of life treatment,” and curer of acne, bloating and anxiety

Myron Scott
Myron Scott4 years ago

You cannot currently send a star to alice because you have done so within the last week.

Myron Scott
Myron Scott4 years ago

Alice J., Eugene is a troll, as are several others here, a disruptive threadsnatcher who NEVER answers an honest question honestly, if at all. Like bullies and badly behaved tweeners, the more attention you give these types, the more they behave badly. Just ignore them; they have nothing of value to add to any discussion at hand. Their sole goal is to disrupt and distract because, well, just because they can..

alice Johnson
alice J.4 years ago

Okay, I'm leaving this thread. When someone can't answer the questions put to him, but continues to lie and pretend it's the truth, over and over, that is not a meaningful discourse.

I'll move on to another story.
See you guys!