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February 23rd

Tales of Accountability

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Memo to Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump: YOU ARE DUMB.

I'm not sure which part of this week "however many of these fuckers are left are still awful" edition of IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS is the weirdest. The pretense that any part of this primary is following normal rules, or the reason for that demonstrating why that's the case yet again.

"We are not a campaign that is going to question the faith of another candidate for president. Our campaign should not have sent it. That's why I've asked for Rick Tyler's resignation," - Ted Cruz, pretending to care about accountability.

Of course, if the Cruz campaign were in fact not a campaign that questioned the faith of another candidate, they'd be the only one. Trump's going after everyone's faith, and there's plenty going around questioning Trump's faith, because, well, Trump's love of Jesus is a pile of shit. My theology references are more accurate than his, and we all know where I stand on the existence of God. So a Cruz staffer chopping up some video to make Marco Rubio look less than completely God-fearing is not super surprising.

Cruz, of course, is just saying this because he got caught. Well, not just because he got caught. Because he got caught AND getting caught plays into the growing narrative that Cruz is an evil little lizard-weasel hybrid. A narrative not helped by his lizard-weasel face. I do find it fascinating that a deceptively edited video was debunked, the person behind it was punished, and we're therefore just supposed to believe that Marco Rubio was the victim of slander. Shame the same courtesy couldn't be extended to Planned Parenthood. Speaking of which...

"I'm sorry. Anybody who's offended — of course. I'm more than happy to say I'm sorry if I offended somebody out there, but it wasn't intended to be offensive. And if you hear the whole thing, you'll understand the context of it." - John Kasich, pretending to care about accountability.

The best part about this is, Kasich is actually right. The whole context does pretty much absolve him of the specific out-of-touch sexism he was charged with for saying women "came out of the kitchen" to support his campaign. But for some reason, the quote seemed to stick to Kasich as evidence he didn't have women's best interests at heart. Some reason.

Oh, right. Kasich just signed a bill that stripped funding away from Planned Parenthood in Ohio, as part of the campaign against the organization that Republicans have been waging ever since a group deceptively edited some videos to make Planned Parenthood look bad, then got indicted as a result of the investigation that cleared Planned Parenthood. But Kasich defunded them anyway, because he may not want women in the kitchen, and he may not want them barefoot, but he sure as hell wants them pregnant regardless of what they want.

"Well, that, I know nothing about. I mean, I don't know about retweeting. I mean, you retweet somebody, and turns out to be a white supremacist. I know nothing about these groups that are supporting me." Donald Trump, who doesn't have to pretend shit about accountability.

See, this one I blame the media for. I mean, sure, I blame Donald Trump for being so goddamned irresistible to America's white supremacists due to his clear goal of being the most openly racist presidential candidate since the Civil Rights Act, but I blame the media for asking the wrong questions, like "why do you keep retweeting a white supremacist?"

The right question is, of course, "what will you do to convince white supremacists that you're not one of them". Sure, it's a bit of a "when will you stop beating your wife" question, but that's a fair question to ask someone who's actually beating his wife. Sure, tacitly courting and accepting the votes of racists has been a winning Republican strategy for decades, but I think Trump's much more active version could perhaps use a bit more media scrutiny. You know, if they want to pretend to give a shit about accountability.