You may have noticed that this Congress is even worse than the last Congress, which made history for doing almost nothing. Now that Republicans control the Senate, we are seeing the same sort of unbelievable dysfunction that runs the House. So we can’t pass infrastructure or jobs bills. The House even let the 81-year-old institution of the Export-Import Bank charter expire on July 1st, causing the business community to blast Republicans for not knowing what they were doing. Indeed.
Let’s not even go near their stunning failure to even come up with an immigration plan, an Iran plan, an alternative to Obamacare, or any of the things they shout about the most.
There are no plans. Republicans have no plans. So, left holding the bag on numerous grown up issues, Republicans have decided to double down on the one thing they know they can agree on– restricting freedom from women.
Sure, they’ve had “missteps” in the past when it comes to women, but they are sure that this time, oh sweet misunderstood video, this time you are on their side.
This was a job tailor made for them! Investigations and witch hunts into a cultural issue they are sure they can squeeze for votes? Yes, please. A way to distract from their inability to get anything related to their jobs done? Yes please! Gruesome video they can get hysterical about and preach down to us all about? YES PLEASE!
Politico reported that Republicans see an up for them in yet another conservative-funded, secretly filmed video, in that they can now show you this video and you won’t mind so much when they take women’s rights away:
Republicans on Capitol Hill are betting the secretly filmed Planned Parenthood video — depicting an executive allegedly discussing the sale of fetal organs from terminated pregnancies — will give them cover to more aggressively push abortion issues without the political ramifications that have haunted the party in the past.
As soon as the Planned Parenthood video was released publicly days ago, Republicans pounced. For some reason that they haven’t explained, they waited until the video was public, but several Republicans admitted to having seen the video weeks or a even a month before it’s public debut. That sort of reeks of coordination, and if Democrats weren’t busy trying to save the country from Republicans, maybe they could call for an investigation, but no matter — Democrats aren’t in charge so that won’t be happening. But at any rate, starting with Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and then Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) called for Congressional investigations to investigate if Planned Parenthood was selling body parts.
This is probably a good time to remind everyone that Planned Parenthood never said they were selling body parts in the video. That didn’t stop Republicans from claiming they did, or now from investigating something that was never suggested. But hey, if you had free access to taxpayer money and you couldn’t get anything real done and needed to impress voters for an election, why not stage yet another “investigation” and use it to show that you were busy– so busy. You’ve been working!
Also, harvesting body parts is not illegal, it’s called medical science in fact and it might be gross to some but it saves lives.
Politco noted that Republicans see a window here:
McCarthy is already talking about defunding the organization through the appropriations process. And in the Senate, GOP leaders who have been eyeing a vote on legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation say this will give them momentum to clear the bill later this session.
So. Expect Republicans to do nothing else but make a big show of their Benghazi investigation (years in and nothing yet) and now this- an investigation into a video that showed nothing they are investigating. The only reason they are “investigating” the video is because they had their activists point at it and accuse Planned Parenthood of something that is not even in the video, but guess what? It gives them a chance to show you how “gruesome” an abortion is.
And delving into blood and making a horror show of it is what Republicans do best. They don’t solve actual problems like a lack of affordable healthcare, but they were super good at trolling the people who were trying to solve that problem with horror and blood – “death panels” and “socialized medicine killing babies!” and literal coffins being left on lawns. This is what Republicans have come to- they are a horror show. An endless horror show of reactionaries with no ideas.
I’m betting a lot of us wouldn’t like to see a video listening to a heart surgeon describe their bloody work or what they do with body parts. But maybe Republicans should leave medicine to the folks who specialize in it, especially since Republicans can’t even seem to do their own jobs. The jobs we are paying them to do. Maybe they should just focus on the basics, things that were done routinely for 80 years until this Congress.
Republicans can’t do their job so they’re coming for women’s liberty. Again.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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