Conservative Politicians Have Realized They Don’t Even Really Need to Try Anymore

From Esquire, by Charles P. Pierce:

For a while now, it’s been obvious that America’s conservative politicians have decided that they don’t have to try very hard, and that their audience of voters will swallow just about anything as long as it has the desired effect of owning the libs and conforming to whatever the fantasy conflict du jour is. ’Twas not ever thus. For example, supply-side economics is as fundamentally kooky as anything Alex Jones ever has exhaled into the ether, but there was at least a semblance of thought behind it. OK, so its founding document is a cocktail napkin. But there was at least a semblance of a kind of thought that grew out of that napkin. There was an attempt to defend the crackpottery on its merits. Now, all that is necessary is to spout off in public, full in the confidence that most of your audience is safely in the bag before you ever say a word.

We had a perfect example of this on Monday, when Texas Governor Greg Abbott was asked why he’d signed a law that essentially forces a woman to carry and bear the child of her rapist. Unless you’re one of the wingnut initiates, Abbott’s answer sounds like he’d recently beamed in from Alpha Centauri. From KXAN:

With loud voices trying to reach Abbott, he’s still backing the bill, even when asked why there was no exception for victims of rape. “Let’s be clear: rape is a crime,” Abbott said. “And Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets.”

So Abbott’s answer to the question of why a woman should bear her rapist’s child is that he intends to see that nobody ever gets raped in Texas again. If he can arrange that, why the hell hasn’t he done it already? Is this answer crazier than it is insulting? Our lines are open and operators are standing by.

austin, tx   july 10 texas gov greg abbott speaks during a border security briefing with sheriffs from border communities at the texas state capitol on july 10 in austin, texas border security is among the priority items on gov abbotts agenda for the 87th legislatures special session photo by tamir kalifagetty images
All of these men are wearing their hats indoors to protect them from the shower of bullshit emanating from Gov. Abbott.

4 thoughts on “Conservative Politicians Have Realized They Don’t Even Really Need to Try Anymore

  1. The fact Texas has made little or no effort to clear the backlog of untested rape kits says more than Texas’ morally crippled governor’s ludicrous claim.

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