Erick the Red
Our old pal e-Squared is giving out his Christmas presents early:
This tweet baffled me until I learned that there is something called the Gathering, which will be held at the end of this week. The Gathering (sounds like bad fantasy writing for an ABC movie of the week, but what do you expect from Ewick son of Ewick?) is something similar to a debate or cattle call and at least 8 of the 2016 Goat Rodeo candidates are confirmed to be there.
So the question is: why would you broadcast ahead of time one of your gotcha questions?
Take it away, Brian Beutler:
“By attempting to capitalize on the videos in an unscrupulous way, conservatives have unleashed political forces Republicans can’t control. Anti-abortion zealots are now demanding that Republicans in Congress refuse to appropriate money for government operations unless Planned Parenthood’s funding is abolished—a new test of Republican pro-life bona fides. To force Congress’ hand, they’re admonishing Republican presidential candidates that the anti-abortion vote will only follow those who support the shutdown effort. The purpose of Erick Erickson’s above tweet, alerting the candidates to his question days in advance, is to eclipse the instinctual aversion many of them will have to promoting a government shutdown, and get as many of them on the same page as possible.”
I think Beutler has it exactly right.
The larger, more Frankenstein story is pretty simple: preznint Reagan, who was not a religious man, invited the evangelicals inside the tent because he needed them, and he thought they were useful idiots. Since his time, they have slipped out of their straight jackets, taken over the party, and now they are running things. (In so far you can describe anything going on in the GOP as “running”. Takes some imagination, I know.) The monster always comes back to destroy the maker. Always.
If this Planned Parenthood fight were really about donated tissue research, Wingnuttia would just make that illegal (the GOP made it legal back in the ’90s saying it was no different than donated cadaver tissue). And of course there was also the emotional plea from Nancy Reagan when St. Ronnie admitted that he had dementia, and research would help other sufferers.
The Planned Parenthood defunding fight is about chipping away at abortion rights, and ultimately it is about chipping away at our democracy and in favor of installing a Xristian theocracy. There’s a reason I call them Y’all Qaeda.
The War on Women continues.