Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Item: Texas went ahead and passed its voter suppression bills, but the really heinous thing is that the House Speaker (Dade Phelan—what a name) banned the word “racism” from being spoken in the pre-passage debate. He said he had to do it because some Democrats had used the word and, why, it’s just not civil to use that word with reference to another legislator. I hope some Dems were clever enough to use the word “racist” as a good substitute. The Republican government of Texas is putting into place racist voter suppression policies, and they need to be understood as such.
Item: The right wing is using Afghanistan to try to inflict as much political damage on Joe Biden and the Dems as possible. This exposes a lot of hypocrisy on their part, but they’re oblivious to that. They never pay a price for it. Someone on Twitter drew an interesting analogy between the present moment in Afghanistan and the reaction to 9/11, when it was clear that the Bush administration had missed or ignored intelligence that “Bin Laden was determined to strike inside the U.S.” No, instead, in those soft-focus days, we all came together as a country and supported the president. Ironically, it was that president who got us into Afghanistan (and Iraq) with no exit strategy.
Item: Consequently, it’s beginning to feel like the midterms are going to be disastrous for Democrats, meaning that, because Biden actually carried out Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal, they will likely lose the House and Senate next year. Talk about injustice. I know fourteen months will see a lot of political turmoil, but considering the usual midterm pattern (the president’s party loses seats), things don’t look too good. This is all a roundabout way of saying, Justice Breyer—announce your retirement mañana!
Item: Guv. DeSantis of Florida got smacked down by a state circuit court judge there, who said he overstepped his authority when he banned mask mandates throughout the state. This means DeSantis can’t punish local school boards (mainly by withholding money), though it probably won’t be long before the next judge in the appeals process overturns this ruling. Why? We’re talking about Florida, man! And, as it turns out, it looks like the state education department is essentially disregarding the judge’s ruling. We’ll see how that goes …
Item: Some MAGA legislators are starting to shit their pants a little bitty bit. The January 6 Select Committee has requested that telecom companies preserve the records of a bunch of representatives who were part of the “Stop the Steal” rally just before the insurrection that day. The list includes (according to CNN): “Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar also of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jody Hice of Georgia and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.” They know what they’ve done … and soon the rest of us will know!
Item: I’m saddened by the words of some of the new Gold Star parents who met with Biden at Dover AFB for the “dignified transfer” of remains. Even in grief they clung to their tribal instincts, forgetting that Trump never had the balls to meet with parents there.