The more I read about the results of the mid-term elections, the more I feel as if the next two years will be an ongoing Twilight Zone episode with a bunch of Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert clones who look nothing like them but share their brains (or more to the point, the lack thereof).
I’m not often a big fan of Politico, but today Alex Isenstadt’s piece makes clear what our political future looks like: as I noted below, it’ll be more of the same with a bunch of new crazies added to the mix. Isenstadt writes that in the new year “there could well be as many as 10 or 20 Bachmanns coming to Washington.” Do I need to say this is not very encouraging?
Or, perhaps in someways it is. Isenstadt cites Phil Singer who worked a top aide on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and who notes that “[t]hese guys are going to provide 2016 ad makers with all the ammo they need.” I suppose that means lots of good times on the Daily Show, too
So, while Boehner and company seek to present the incoming crazies as folks elected because the GOP has done a good job recruiting candidates, with the likes of Glenn Grothman who has called for eliminating Kwanzaa, which he says should be treated with “contempt” and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which he has called an “insult,” Georgia’s Jody Hice, who has said Muslims don’t deserve First Amendment rights and North Carolina’s we Mark Walker, a pastor who has suggested invading Mexico as a way to address the influx of undocumented immigrants across the border, he has more than a handful of new problems to add to the ones he’s been battling for the last few years.
In fact, even though he hasn’t taken office yet, Isenstadt writes
some Capitol Hill Republicans are already worried about Grothman and his smash-mouth quotes—including the one where he said he opposed equal-pay legislation for women because “you could argue that money is more important for men.”
Oh yeah, bring on more of that please.