The conversation batted politics back and forth like ping-pong matches at a Chinese tournament.
Ping: I just don’t understand how anyone could have voted for Sam Brownback. Pong: I just don’t understand how anyone could have voted for Sam Brownback.
But there he is, once again elected governor of Kansas. Despite lies, despite Draconian budget cuts, despite following the Koch brothers line, he’s in office again. What is it with these Kansans who can’t see how he’s hurting the middle class? Well, they got him for another four years. Good luck!
Not only do many of these right wing-nuts cut budgets to make government look dysfunctional but they also spew words that make you wonder where they come up with such wild and crazy opinions.
The U.S. House of Representatives already is full of bizarre purveyors who spout invectives and support unproven theories and charges. Now they are being augmented with a fresh batch of fear mongers and conspiracy theorists.
Take Glenn Grothman, just elected to the House from Wisconsin. He’s a fervent believer there’s a gay agenda in the public school system. Guess what his speeches will focus on during House sessions.
And Iowa, my gosh. What’s with this state! A terrific senator, Democrat Tom Harkin, announced his retirement and a Republican woman who burst on the scene with her pronouncement that she castrated hogs is succeeding him. Joni Ernst will join the now senior senator, Chuck Grassley, who seldom ad libs and sticks stringently to his written conservative message.
In Ernst’s victory speech, she screamed that she’s going to make them squeal in D.C. Yikes. Is she going to castrate male senators? Wow! As one pundit noted, she makes Sarah Palin look smart. However, instead of seeking publicity, as Palin is wont to do, Ernst dodged the press late in the campaign like a shy celebrity on a toot. She skated in the last stages of the campaign, knowing she was in the lead and not wanting to stir up a debate by saying something of substance to a reporter.
The House already has an Iowa Republican representative with strange ideas. Steve King reflects a staunchly conservative area of western Iowa. How even those folks can stomach his statements is beyond me.
You may recall when he commented on Republican Todd Aiken’s quote about how the female body had the ability to prevent pregnancy in cases of incest or statutory rape — an observation that helped Democrat Claire McCaskill win the Missouri U.S. Senate seat. King told an Iowa reporter he had never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest. Iowa, hmm, never getting pregnant. Wow!
In defending his statement, he said, “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
Then there was this: “My wife lives here with me, and I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, she’s at far greater risk being a civilian in Washington, D.C. than an average civilian in Iraq.”
In a debate over immigration, King ridiculed the Dream Act, first saying, “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”
Again, he had to defend his statement: “This is real. We have people that are mules, that are drug mules, that are hauling drugs across the border and you can tell by their physical characteristics what they’ve been doing for months, going through the desert with 75 pounds of drugs on their back. And if those who advocate for the Dream Act, if they choose to characterize this about valedictorians, I gave them a different image that we need to be thinking about, because we just simply can’t be passing legislation looking only at one component of what would be millions of people.”
Keep your ears tuned to Jody Hice, newly elected representative from Georgia. He’s a Tea Party right wing-nut with plenty of verbiage — as a preacher, a talk show host and a gun-toter. He asserted that Muslim-Americans were not protected by the First Amendment because Islam was not a true religion. He says women should enter politics only if it is within the authority of her husband. On second thought, close your ears to this guy.
Impeaching President Obama has filled the minds of the right wing-nut crowd. Mark Walker, from North Carolina, will add to the push. He said he would vote to impeach Obama. He’s a rough and ready guy to get the House rockin’ and rollin’. He has proposed that “we go laser or blitz” Mexico in order to teach residents there a lesson about immigrants crossing the southern border.
Republicans are now boasting that Hillary Clinton no longer has the power to become President because her husband failed to produce winners in his Arkansas stump speeches. Bill did go to Arkansas and spoke glowingly of Senator Mark Pryor, among others. But Pryor was a lock to lose because he found too many ways to slight the progressives and disenfranchised in the state. So Republican Tom Cotton won the seat. His jousting included mean campaign ads where his handlers inserted ISIS-produced terrorism films. Fear, baby, fear. Yep, he mentioned that ISIS and Mexican drug cartels would be teaming up and crossing the border to attack the United States.
Former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke of Montana handily won a seat in Congress, despite expressing a number of controversial views throughout his campaign. Perhaps the most stunning of these was calling former Secretary of State Clinton “the anti-Christ.”
What an X-rated show they will put on with conspiracy stars like King and Texans Louie Gohmert and Senator Ted Cruz, the absentee leader of the House wing-nuts.