It’s the time of the evening when Cole’s liable to bigfoot this post any minute, so I’m gonna allow myself a little self-indulgence. I bitched yesterday about Ted Cruz showing off his mighty weapons, and some of the commentors felt the need to reassure me that no, sweetie, that’s just Ted Being Ted, and besides, it was all Feinstein’s fault for provoking him, and anyways, it’s not as though she was even our kind of righteous Democrat to begin with…
… During a meeting of the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Senator John Cornyn of Texas tried to shore up the pro-gun side by offering nine “news stories of people defending themselves with assault weapons” for the record. The list spanned 17 years and included things like “tenant shoots intruder on porch.” If this is the best the ban opponents have to offer, Feinstein’s bill should be passed by unanimous consent.
The other argument, which does not require examples, is that the founding fathers wanted Americans in the 21st century to be able to stock up on guns that can fire 45 rounds a minute.
Enter Ted Cruz of Texas, a Tea Party darling. He’s been in office only a few months, but he’s made quite an impression. You may remember his suggestion that Chuck Hagel might have been taking money from North Korea. Or his interesting theories about a United Nations plot to exterminate American golf courses…
Later, Feinstein would tell CNN that she felt Cruz was being “somewhat arrogant,” which seemed like an understatement. Even in an age of political polarization, there apparently is still an unwritten rule against calling someone “a stupendously irritating twit” on national TV….
Do you think, people, that this is a key to the stupendous impact the Tea Party continues to have on Congress, even now that it’s proved itself to be a loser when it comes to elections? If you combine a lack of a sense of humor with an absence of humility and then stir in a cup of self-righteousness, you are definitely not working on a recipe for cooperative achievement.
You know, after many years of being on the wrong end of the argument, the average pale-skinned progressive eventually figured that when a person of color said something was racist, if the pale skin didn’t understand why their companion was saying that, the best response was just to shut up and listen. Maybe by the time of feminism’s Fourth or Fifth Wave, our Y-chromosome-gifted progressives will have figured out — no matter how much your momma let you challenge her — leaping in to mansplain to some cranky old feminist that well, Diane Feinstein shouldn’t have been wandering around on Ted’s turf if she wasn’t carrying better weapons of rhetoric is not a well-chosen form of persuasion.