Today we’re seeing pictures of tearful elementary school children being led away from the site of a horrific shooting. Your Second Amendment rights at work! Elementary school children slaughtered... what are the people at the NRA telling themselves right now? “It’s OK—the next mass shooting won’t be nearly this bad.” We can shrug our shoulders and say this is just the way things are going to be from now on, or we can finally get serious about our culture of guns and violence and tell the NRA we’ve had enough.
Yesterday the Michigan state house passed a bill that allows people to carry guns in schools and daycare centers. It’s nice to know Michigan Republicans don’t just want to endanger union jobs. They also want to endanger children. They passed the bill allowing guns in schools the day before today’s tragic shooting at a school in Connecticut. Of course, nowadays any day can be the day of a tragic shooting somewhere in America.
Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State. Now John McCain can relax. Well, John McCain is never going to relax—now he can go back to yelling at squirrels or passing cars or whatever sets him off. In a letter to President Obama, Susan Rice said she is withdrawing because “the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly,” or basically how everything is with Republicans. It’s hard to tell if the hounding of Susan Rice was part of a crazy personal vendetta against Obama, or an official policy of the Republican Party. It’s even harder to tell if there is any difference between those two things.
Andrea Mitchell pointed out “This is not going to help Republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out.” That depends, are there any women or minority voters left for the Republicans to lose? The good news for Republicans is that by the 2014 elections, women voters will have forgotten this insult from the GOP. The bad news is that it will have been replaced by future GOP insults to women that just haven’t occurred yet.
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