News That Will Drive You to Drink

“Which dimension am I in today?”

When people tell you who they are, believe them the first time. Sen. Rand Paul has told us for years that he is an asshole. Believe him, he is.

Sen. Rand Paul decided to wage his own culture war battle during a confirmation hearing rather than focus on, oh, let’s say,  the candidate’s qualifications during a global pandemic that has killed 500K Americans:

If you did not know this already, Dr. Levine is transgendered. If she is approved for this position (Asst. Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services), she would be the first openly transperson confirmed for any role by the Senate.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA and the chairwoman of the Senate Health Committee, which considered Levine’s nomination) name checks Sen. AquaBuddha:

 “It is really critical to me that our nominees be treated with respect and that our questions focus on their qualifications and the work ahead of us, rather than ideological and harmful misrepresentations like those we heard from Senator Paul earlier.”

“Bless his heart,” she did not add, but should have. That’s highly unusual and not part of the usual decorum on which the Senate prides itself.

The Hill tells us that former self-certified opthamologist Rand Paul’s research (such as it is) overlooked Dr. Levine’s public record on the topic:

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health says genital surgery should not be carried out until patients reach adulthood. In 2015, Levine said during a public event that surgical treatment is not recommended before age 18. In 2017, she said there are “some procedures” that might be done before 18.

We give last word to Rubin Gonzales, executive director of the LGBTQ Victory Institute, which works to elevate LGBTQ people in politics and government:

“His remarks echo the talking points of the same organizations who said gay men deserved AIDS and that LGBTQ people should be criminalized, he explicitly attacked vulnerable trans youth for his own perceived political gain and it was a disgrace.”

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15 Responses to News That Will Drive You to Drink

  1. Oneofthebobs says:

    Maybe it’s just peer pressure that makes me want to knock this asshole off of his lawn mower and punch his face in. I will continue to resist the urge., however.

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  2. Dennis Cole says:

    In the Pantheon of Most Despicable Among the Deplorables, one name, one man stands out alone and above all the rest these days: Raggedy Rand, of the Paul clan.

    When in desperate need of lowering the bar, there is no one better, not even “Bully” Billy (Low) Barr.

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  3. lofgren says:

    One thing that confuses me is that even if you are 100% ideologically committed that trans people are sick and need to be fixed, we basically have two choices: fix their bodies, or fix their minds. We aren’t remotely close to being able to do the latter, so why stand in the way of access to the former? It’s like when prolife people oppose birth control, but I repeat myself.

    I remember back in the Bush era reading an essay by somebody who said that he would probably be a Republican, except that he was gay. His problem with Republicans wasn’t even that they opposed laws to protect him. In fact that aspect appealed to him! His problem was that the Republican party had no place for homosexuals. He even went so far as to to point out that as relentlessly homophobic an organization as the Catholic Church still had a role for homosexuals to play, and had for centuries: become a monk (or a nun). It’s a narrow and proscribed role, but it at least acknowledges the existence of gay people. The Republican party didn’t even have that. They said that homosexuals did not deserve equal treatment because they all live that disgusting gay lifestyle, with the leather and the wigs and whatnot, but when gay people quietly request the right to get married, move to the suburbs, and raise their kids, the Republican party ALSO opposes that. The Catholic suggestion that you should just become a monk and live a life of celibacy is oppressive, the Republican position on homosexuality is that gay people should just not exist.

    This inspired me to start looking at the problems we are facing as a culture through a new lens. How many groups of people would the modern Republican party prefer just stop existing? It’s become their default solution to any social conflict. One of the reasons I am comfortable calling it the modern Nazi party, and don’t even feel like I’m exaggerating.

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    • MDavis says:

      That is an interesting angle.

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    • One thing that confuses me is that even if you are 100% ideologically committed that trans people are sick and need to be fixed, we basically have two choices: fix their bodies, or fix their minds. We aren’t remotely close to being able to do the latter, so why stand in the way of access to the former?

      They don’t want them fixed, they want them to not exist. “Fixed” trans people are still BadThought in Republican minds. The suffering, pain and ostracism are all results of the BadThought.

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      • lofgren says:

        Heh, I’m guessing you wrote this before you read paragraph 2 and 3 of my post. Granted I was being coy by claiming to be “confused,” but I though I tipped my hand by invoking antichoicers.

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    • Leather? Wigs? WHATNOT?!? I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

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    • beckymaenot says:

      Lof- so right. I’ve never seen it put so obviously.

      This is the thing that most of the Dems miss every single time. Obama missed it when he tried to deal with the Republicans in good faith. There is no good faith with people who want to see you “disappeared” forever. This is also the thing that the Possum Hollar folks don’t understand and that is the fact that Republicans and the 1% who own them have no place for them either- they have no use for the poor after the poor votes for the GOP. But- because the FoxNews, OAN, Newsmax etc noise machines are bought and paid for by the GOP- Possum Hollar will never figure it out. The good news is it does seem like the new crop of Dems get it. It gives me a little hope. But not enough to abandon my exit strategy.

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      • R White says:

        Deprogramming Possum Hollar will take an huge outreach effort to convince even the lowliest amongst them that their favored “lottery mentality” of winning big someday is a bad dream and that voting for morally bankrupt republicans will never accomplish such goals. Whether or not such happens, dims unfortunately have to acknowledge such antiquated notions as Americans still having “Better Angels” in order to be taken seriously by the worthless beltway media.

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  4. roket says:

    So would this be called neo-libertarian insurrectionism, or what?

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  5. He’s stolen Michelle Bachmann’s eyes…

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  6. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    He’s such a shit.

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  7. Ten Bears says:

    An embarrassment to short people everywhere.

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  8. julesmomcat says:

    Love is love, no matter who it is between. And it’s up to no one else to
    judge whether it is right or wrong. Love is always above all other
    thoughts, beyond criticism, not subject to any critique.

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