Republicans had already nearly overloaded the WTF processing centers of my brain with the freakout over a contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act that exempted churches and was more lenient than the existing laws in such states as Newt Gingrich’s Georgia.
So the proposed Virginia state legislation that mandated non-consensual trans-vaginal ultrasounds to women who wished to have an abortion kind of pushed me over the edge. My wife and I watch the news and we occasionally just kind of look at each other with these weird looks, like, “you’re seeing this too, right?”
I’m currently reading Stephen King’s book “11/22/63″ about a time-traveling liberal trying to thwart an assassination (can you guess which one? probably!) and reading the character’s reactions to the outdated (?) culture of the 1960s has been eerily familiar to my own reactions when reading about the 2012 GOP. I feel like we are living through a reverse time travel story, where instead of one person going back in time, everybody is.
Anyway, here’s a video of a Republican state legislator David Albo, relating what he means to be an amusing story about his wife refusing sex with him because of his association with the trans-vaginal bill.
What I found particularly astonishing (as did others, including Chris Hayes on Up with Chris Hayes, and have I mentioned yet how everyone should be watching that show?) was that Mr. Albo seems incapable of uttering the word “vagina.” Instead, he used “trans-V”, as in the “V-word”, effectively putting the vagina in the same category with the worst racial epithets.
A word exercise for Mr. Albo: Virginia, vagina, Virginia, vagina, Virginia, vagina, Virginia, vagina. There. You should be good to go now.
Last week, Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell backed off provisions in a bill that may have required women to undergo a “transvaginal ultrasound” if they chose to have an abortion.
Opponents of those provisions may have MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to thank for helping to scuttle them.
During the episodes of “The Rachel Maddow Show” that aired between February 14 and February 24, Maddow repeatedly attacked the bill, uttering the words “vaginal” or “vagina” 58 times.
Here’s the daily tally:
February 14 – 4
February 15 – 9
February 16 – 2
February 17 – 0
February 20 – 5
February 21 – 1
February 22 – 14
February 23 – 5
February 24 – 18
Apparently the use of the word “vagina” is so offensive that the Daily Caller is documenting its usage in excruciating detail, so as to prove that… okay, I’m not sure they even know what it would prove, but they are keeping track.
These guys are killing me.