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Coming to Grips: Open Thread

Tea Partying Far-Right-Loonistan (AKA: GOP v.2010) has been having identity crises left and, er, right recently. On the one hand we have Florida Republican congressman Stephen Precourt loyally pushing to remove tax breaks from film shoots featuring gay characters: apparently part of the “No Job Left Behind” effort Florida’s Republican lawmakers have been pursuing, which so-far has successfully pushed the Sunshine State from third to below-tenth in movie-making.  In the other hand  California Republican state congressman Roy “God-Fearing Paragon of Heterosexual Manliness” Ashburn – who never met a piece of anti-gay legislation he couldn’t fiercely defend – tearfully announced his insatiable desire for other God-Fearing Paragons of Heterosexual Manliness, like the passenger in his official state vehicle whom he picked up in a gay bar before getting busted for driving drunk.

Courtesy Probably Bad News

Perhaps they aren’t turned off.  Maybe they’re just terrified of being caught looking.

Consider this an Open Thread.

On Rep. Precourt’s “We-uns jest want rigular folks in hour movy pichers” proposal:

“Precourt says he’s not targeting the gay community but that shows with gay characters would not be something he’d want ‘to invest public dollars in,’ ” reports the Associated Press.

On Rep. Ashburn’s recent realization that he’s been successfully beating himself throughout his political career:

My votes reflect the wishes of the people in my district. And I have always felt that my faith and allegiance was to the people there in the district, my constituents.

I would ask people to pray for me. My faith is very clear and very firm.

Hint, Congressman?  You can stop sucking up to the homophobes in your district.  Homophobes don’t ever really like people, because they don’t like themselves.  If that sounds too familiar, just be glad you can begin to stop being one.


  1. HappyinVT

    I frequently take a gander at the president’s package whenever the opportunity presents itself.  And I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit as much.

    The real question, though, is Eric Massa gay or just some guy who likes to tickle and tousle male staffers?  Larry King apparently asked Massa if he was gay.  I didn’t read the answer but I’m guessing it was, “no.”

  2. Shaun Appleby

    The hypocrisy of it all.  Heh.  At least Democrats can be expected to have tawdry, steamy affairs with the sexual liason of their personal preference.  We’ve had plenty of them lately.

    So is the National Enquirer going to get their Pulitzer or what?  Saw that coming.

  3. Shaun Appleby

    Has anyone been watching the convoluted evolution of the Republican bloviating, er… strategy, of running in November on repealing health care reform lately?  It was confidently asserted quite emphatically by Lamar Alexander a week or so ago, and more recently by Cornyn, although McConnel’s position was, well, not so much.  Now Cornyn has reversed himself.

    Two things of interest, firstly it’s as close to admitting Democrats are going to pass the legislation as Republicans have gone, which is nice of them.  But it’s an insight into their expectations for the midterms and a reality check on the policy.  Now they’re admitting they won’t have the numbers, which is good to know.  But I’m wondering if they’re even going to campaign on this and doubting it very much.  Once the legislation is passed I’m guessing they realise it would be hard to run against.  They always seem invlined to expose themselves one way or another.

  4. Shaun Appleby

    For any old hands who ever wondered who Nixon’s ‘silent majority’ really were don’t read this while drinking:

    Romney also said that the Tea Party will greatly impact the 2010 midterm elections. “I’m really pleased that the silent majority is silent no longer,” he told Newsmax.

    Jeremy Binckes – Mitt Romney To Tea Party: No Third Party Candidacies Huffington Post 9 Mar 10

    I nearly spluttered Chardonnay all over my keyboard.  And here I was thinking that the Tea Party was just an obnoxious minority.  Shows what I know.

  5. Wapo has this:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s wife and daughter were in a serious car accident Thursday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, and police said they are being treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

    Police said the Reids’ van was rear-ended and crushed by a fully loaded tractor-trailer while driving in heavy traffic.

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