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Memo to Gordon Klingenschmitt, Joe Manchin, and Ted Cruz: YOU ARE DUMB AND IN POWER.

America's new regime hasn't even been inaugurated yet, but they're already making themselves known to us. And even people not part of the new regime may well find themselves even more sympathetic to it than they were in the past. It all falls under the traditional heading, IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

"The parents are encouraging that and really what the parents ought to do is take that boy to an exorcist, take that boy to a minister or at least discipline the boy, maybe give him a spanking." - Colorado's new congressman, Gordon Klingenschmitt, giving advice to parents on how to deal with their transgender teen.

A lot was made this year over the Republican success in the arena of not having any Todd Akins. In other words, no Republicans lost an election they should have won because of crazy shit they said. This is not so much an effect of Republicans not saying crazy shit, but rather it no longer I guess being a scandal when they do.

Because Klingenschmitt is a complete fucking religious whackadoo, and this stuff was readily available before the election, and nobody heard about it, and he got 70% of the vote in an admittedly infrared gerrymandered district. But still. Exorcisms for the entire LGBT community (including the T in the quote above) and also Obama, according to post-election reports, probably should have been part of the discussion. But now he gets to help make laws!

"That's bullshit... I'm not going to put up with that," - West Virginia "Democrat" Joe Manchin, on the possibility of two years of Democratic obstructionism.

If you need context on Joe Manchin, all you need to know is that before the corpse of the Democratic Senate had even begun to cool, Joe Manchin was already having to deny his plans to switch parties. Ten years ago, Manchin would have been a moderate Republican. Forty years ago, he'd have been primarying Barry Goldwater from the right if that were a thing people did.

I mean, it's hard to really blame Manchin. He's just following the longstanding tradition of bipartisanship that is very, very important when Republicans are in power and Democrats should do what they want. You know, just like Obama failed to be bipartisan by not doing what Republicans wanted. But still, Manchin capitulated so fast you'd think he was trying to beat Joe Lieberman's best time.

"'Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.” - Ted Cruz, basically setting the stage for the next two goddamned years.

Here we go. Obama wants it, so Republicans don't want it, even if really that's the only reason beyond millions of dollars of telecom lobbying to hate net neutrality, and so immediately Ted Cruz is going to compare it to Obamacare. And he's right, sort of.

I mean, the whole point of Obamacare is to let private industry continue to make a profit on something everyone, rich and poor, needs to get by, while implementing some basic controls on private industry to make sure they don't fuck over the average person to such an amazing degree that they destroy the system by strip-mining all the money out of it. And ultimately, that's the point of net neutrality. The difference is that net neutrality has been working, successfully, in America since the beginning of the Internet. Universal health care, on the other hand, has only been proven successful in other countries since the beginning of health care. I guess jingoism only goes so far these days.

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