It seems to me that, when the overarching theme of someone’s legislative career is that women are lying bitches who need to be kept under tight control, and poor children are so problematic that they need to be starved if they don’t act right, and that gay people are such a menace that gay children need to be humiliated and treated like freaks, a dude has deep issues.
Not deep enough to send up a lot of red flags among his colleagues, but it should have.
So, I’m interested to see what happens when he’s now openly calling said colleagues stupid.
But I wonder what kind of politician does that? You get bills passed by building coalitions. How do you build coalitions with people you’ve called stupid?
My opinion is that he enjoys making people, at the least and to put it mildly, uncomfortable. If he’s got a common enemy with you, then fine, I guess you can just not notice his motivations. But when there’s no common enemy left? Then it’s you he’s gunning for. It’s just his way. It appears to feel good to him.
And that, my friends, after years of observing him, is what scares the shit out of me about him. He knows what he does hurts people and he does it anyway, because it feels good to him. Only now we know it’s not enough for him to go after abstract “women” or “poor children” or “gay people.” He’s willing to be shitty to, say, Glen Casada or his other colleagues.
Should we call that an escalation?
It appears to be consistent with a bully in escalation. The things he says are mind-of-a-bully-101 thinking, such as equating “The newspaper reports on things that I do all the time,” with his own publishing of random libel. It bears repeating: To him, simply factually reporting his verifiable actions and words is an attack equivalent to him making up harmful lies and publishing them.
Typical 10-year-old-bully reasoning. Only now the 10-year-old had a growth spurt and thinks he’s big enough to do the same stuff to his friends.
Did you see this? http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-9-2013/sodomy–zygotes–welfare—-state-laws
In the video at the link, he keeps sneeringly referring to a little girl who fears being targeted by his proposed legislation as “the prop”. http://aattp.org/8-year-old-shames-teapublican-into-dropping-welfare-bill-video/