My Backstory colleague Jim Rowen is poking fun at three recent actions by GOP politicians. He was nice enough to send me an e-mail saying that they were "all mine..."
He's laughing at JB Van Hollen (for not apparently not realizing that Hezbollah has trademarked the Name of God), Jim Sennsenbrenner for not allowing a congressional hearing to turn into a sit-in, and Tommy Thompson for his remarks about employers firing gay people.
As for JB, his point was that the GOP is less reluctant (than most, but not all Dems) to allow faith an God-talk into their politics and is, in that sense, a party of God. It's not a phrase that I would use because it threatens to elide important distinctions, but I get his point. This curious idea that people's religious worldviews can and should be kept out of politics has been pretty much demolished by legal academics, philosophers and theologians. It is sort of like Newtonian physics - sort of 1912. As for his terminology, I wouldn't think Hezbollah gets to monopolize God.
As for Sensenbrenner, I appreciate that he lacks a certain late night Comedy Channel Colbertian "cooliness" and it is always tough to have to play the grown-up, but why should he allow a congressional hearing to turn into a political stunt. The opposition wanted to talk about something that was not germane in a way that violated the rules.
The there's Tommy. Somebody needs to tell him to stop. I believe he probably did misspeak during the debate. Wisconsin law has prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation since before he became Governor and I can't recall that he made much, if any, effort to repeal that.
But, then on Maher, he made it all worse by saying that non-discrimination is the federal rule. No it's not. Federal law does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. It is the rule in the state he served as Governor for what seemed to be most of the twentieth century and it is the rule that his government enforced. But somehow he failed to make that point.
He just can't do this. At least not without a new hearing aid.
But, Jim, how about a trio of Al Gore saying that the earth has a fever (whatever the legitimate range of debate on global warming, he is a certified nut), Hilary saying that Obama shouldn't take money from people who don't like her, Obama for suggesting that an historical massacre is like outsourcing or whatever happens to be the last thing that Joe Biden said.
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