Good grief. Here we go again. The damn globe will not stop spinning, and the women of the Democratic Party will not stop making a crass mess of themselves in public; but neither can Republican men be counted on to behave rationally. So what’sthematterwithMichigan? Well, for starters, Representative Lisa Brown couldn’t help herself yesterday on the House floor. At the end of a speech opposing restrictions on abortion, she said:
“Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.'”
And she was censured. Found, in fact, to be in violation of House rules on decorum. Now, before you go getting your dander up because some woman had a consequence for such language on the floor, ask yourself if a similar comment made by a man could pass muster. I doubt it. If some male rep who opposed, say, Michigan Representative Barb Byrum’s ridiculous amendment disallowing vasectomy except in case of a life-threatening condition had stood up and said “I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my penis” how would that fly? It would be front page news and for good reason.
Now come reports that both of these women have been censured, and disallowed to speak on the House floor, a penalty imposed by the majority Republicans. The ABC article linked suggests this is temporary and gives Republicans the chance to explain:
Adler said the Republican leadership’s verbal order barring the two representatives from speaking was nothing new in the Michigan state house.
“It was a rather common practice when House Democrats had control and would not recognize any Republicans to speak,” Adler said.
But Adler insisted Brown was not being reprimanded because of the word, but rather because of the context, which he said was “inappropriate.”
Still. How do you not know the optics will be bad on this one? Already this is being extrapolated and conflated in the progressive online community. What they are extrapolating and conflating is proof of the war on women, and that an ostensibly temporary and routine verbal order is now “indefinite.” Like, you know, detention. The American Taliban and all…
I don’t know what to think about all of this except it doesn’t freaking matter. As stupid as the actions on both sides are, they are also tiny issues when compared to the economy and joblessness and underemployment. I know, too, that these are the precious days of our lives and they’re being wasted by psycho-melodramas like this. WTF?
This is an open thread.