I guess it had to be this way. MY representative in the House is universally regarded as the loyal dog of the Republican Party. Similar to Lassie, she kind of hangs around the action looking pretty with all that flowing Collie hair, until Timmy falls into the well, or in this case, John Boehner. Then, she leaps into action! But also like Lassie, her “action” comprises a whole lot of aimless barking, which requires some skill to interpret – in other words, to pick out the dog-whistles from the generally pointless noise she generates.
I have previously pointed out that Cathy MM Rodgers is not bright. She may hang around the Republican talking heads, attempting to impart the message that yeah, she’s female, and yeah, here she is in the thick of the political stew. But notice she obediently keeps her trap shut – good little girls are seen but never heard (especially if they are stupid), and Cathy is very well-trained and predictable. She writes like a sixth-grader, judging from her prose printed in generally bottom-tier conservative websites. Her speaking skills are nil: clearly, she is a student of the rote memorization school, heavily augmented by the teleprompter. Her “town hall meetings” are memorable in two major ways – the first being that she doesn’t tell anybody about them unless they are diehard Repub warhorses. I’ve been on her mailing list for ages, and never do I hear peep-squat about her showing up in Spokane. This is because she prefers to populate these meetings with people who will agree with her and won’t ask questions that she is not equipped to answer: AKA, questions that aren’t on the Republican talking-points list.
However, since these ARE supposed to be public venues, people DO show up to ask her about her complete screaming hypocrisy on any of dozens of points. The meetings then devolve into Cathy spouting the verbatim party line over and over, despite the fact that what she is repeating is irrelevant to the question posed, and the audience getting more and more frustrated with the fact she is pretty clearly ducking and diving. So then, since Cathy cannot afford to showcase any form of disagreement with conservative policy, she NEVER uses her town-hall meetings as a source of pride, publicity, or connection. What she does is film these little canned fireside speeches, where any kind of public input has been deftly dodged. THAT’S what she shows people on TV, and it is all completely staged horse manure.
Of course, it HAD to be her giving the rebuttal to Obama’s state-of-the-union speech. First of all, for whatever reasons I cannot fathom, people keep electing her. NOT people from Spokane, though! People from the outlying regions to the north and south, regions sprinkled with voters who think whatever she says about apple pie and our American way sounds pretty appealing, on a visceral level. Of course, the Republicans are screwing them, but a lot of them don’t understand that part. They just hear the litany of scary brown immigrants, the deficit (which, incidentally, has been reduced to the same level as it was in the late 50’s Eisenhower years – not that you could convince these people of it), and the horrible menace of some guy in Pittsburgh marrying his boyfriend. Aiee!
Many have commented in other venues about the McMorris rebuttal, and more completely and insightfully than I could. However, there are some points she made that bear some scrutiny.
1) Bette, the woman who thought Obama screwed her on her health care. You know, Bette, there was a reason your policy was cancelled. It was complete CRAP, and if you tried to collect on it after your cancer diagnosis and then had to go bankrupt because of your shitty health insurance, guess who picks up your bills? Right – WE DO. (Details regarding Bette’s cluelessness here.)
2) WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR STUPID FAMILY. SHUT UP ABOUT THEM. WHO CARES THAT YOU PICKED APPLES AS A KID. SHUT UP ABOUT THAT TOO. (More about how biography does not have ANYTHING to do with policy here.)
3) The stuff you said in your speech was in COMPLETE opposition to the facts in your own half of the state – where you always win majorities in elections. “Why?” is the great mystery, because YOU say:
“…a nation where we are not defined by our limits but by our potential, and a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald’s drive-through to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol.”
I am curious. When was the last time somebody had a PRAYER of “paying for college” from their McDonalds’s job they hold in high school? Yet you completely OPPOSE any efforts at raising the minimum wage.
“…people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world, people who come to America because here no challenge is too great and no dream too big. That’s the genius of America.”
Oh, Cathy. Upward mobility into better incomes is commoner in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland than in the US. Does that mean those countries are bigger “geniuses” than the US? Such you do imply. Not to mention the fact that people in those countries are far less pessimistic about their children’s futures than in the “genius” USA.
“If you would have told me as a little girl that I would one day put my hand on the Bible…”
CHRISTIAN DOG WHISTLE, DUH.
Here’s a long dead spot as she natters on about her biography…
Then: “Because a job is so much more than a paycheck: It gives us purpose, dignity and the foundation to build a future.”
This woman went into state government right out of college (Pensacola Christian College, a then-unaccredited Independent Baptist institution. I have never heard of it, and I bet you haven’t either.) She knows NOTHING about working for a living! The taxpayers have been footing her bills for over 20 years! Jeez! What malarkey!
Blah blah blah, more inane biography. Just SHUT UP about yourself already!
Then, here we go… “Republicans have plans…”, “Every day, we’re working…”, “We have plans…”, “We’re working …”, “We have solutions…”
Well? What are they? There’s NOTHING HERE but a bunch of empty promises without a shred of substance to support them. I suppose if when you say “working”, you mean “having vote after vote in useless pursuit of repealing Obamacare even though we knew it was never going to happen” … well … THAT’S not work. That’s just doing the same insane thing over and over and expecting different results.
Then the Bette anecdote, which turned out to be more false than a beefsteak label on a haunch of goat meat. Cathy, check your damned sources.
And then, “...but this law (Obamacare) is not working.”
Question: if the law is not working, and your “plans” are so much better, then why are SO MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN COUNTY signing up on the exchange, or for expanded Medicare? One in twelve!
More biography, some more Christian dog-whistling, and FINALLY, the end. And a greater conglomeration of fakery and false assertion collected into one spot at one time is seldom to be encountered.
Don’t blame Washington State for Cathy McMorris Turniphead Rodgers. Blame all those people from Kansas who happen to live in Eastern Washington, who consistently listen to political promises despite repeated disappointment, who place more faith in “faith” than in evidence, and who insist, against all the rules of logic, to vote against their own self-interest to re-elect this hack over and over.