Woodruff was following Stockman the day last month the Violence Against Women Act [VAWA] finally passed the House. Stockman, who comes from a redder than red area of east Texas hates the bill. Hates it. Why?…. “This is helping the liberals, this is horrible. Unbelievable. What really bothers - it’s called a women’s act, but then they have men dressed up as women, they count that. Change-gender, or whatever. How is that - how is that a woman?”
I could devote a lot of column inches to the walking, talking ad for Thorazine that is Michele Bachmann. Dumber than a box of hammers, more homophobic that Pat Robertson on a bad day, and more hypocritically “Christian” than…well, just about anyone, Bachmann is oddly entertaining. Let’s face it, though; she’s old news. Virtually everyone except for Bachmann understands that she puts the “crazy” in bat-$#!& crazy, but that’s barely newsworthy, even in today’s Teapublican Party. When it’s not a matter of if but when Bachmann will open her mouth and say something mind-numbingly stupid and inflammatory, it’s easy to stop paying attention. Honestly, I find her boring and barely worth acknowledging.
That’s why I’m so excited about Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX). Every bit the male doppelganger to Bachmann, Stockman is a breath of fresh air…if for no other reason that he’s not Bachmann. He is, however, every bit as bat-$#!& crazy as Bachmann, and equally likely to go off on a “Did he REALLY just say that??” moment. His latest rant on the Violence Against Women Act is probably just Stockman’s way of demonstrating that he’s the new bat-$#!& crazy sheriff in town.
Stockman, of course, hates VAWA for the same reason most Republicans do. It protects three classes of people- Native Americans, immigrants, and LGBT Americans- most Republicans view as unworthy of the protection which naturally and rightly accrue to White Americans. Stockman is one of the few honest (or unsophisticated) enough to not couch his nuttiness in flowery political doublespeak. He’s a bigot, a misogynist, and a fool…and he doesn’t seem to care who knows it.
It takes a lot to stand out in the Texas Republican delegation. Even so, in a state noted for producing crazy Congresscritters, Stockman shows some real potential. I can hardly wait to see what he comes up next.