Sure, Bobbie Jindal said that Republicans must no longer be the party of Stupid. But that was for Republicans with national aspirations. The suggestion is apparently NOT intended to apply to Republicans in State Legislatures.
Here in Virginia, we have one guy named Bob Marshall. Bob has recently gotten the House of Delegates to set up a subcommittee to work on the idea of creating a Virginia Currency. Am I making that up? Actually, no I am not.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent several hours in a public demonstration in which owners of hybrid cars drove around the Virginia Capitol building honking their horns, as a way of protesting a proposed $100 per year tax on hybrid cars. For God's sake, that is not how you get people to reduce air pollution, we cried! Well, apparently the hybrid tax was taken off the table as a result. But guess what? Now it is back on the table. And along with it, there is an effort still under way to make Virginia the only state without a gasoline tax. Seriously. That was supposed to be dead, but now it has risen from the legislative grave. I am not joking. It now looks like it may have a 50% chance of passing. Yeah, let's get people who ride public transportation or walk pay for my gas tax. If it happens, are we dumb enough to think that gas stations are going to drop their prices? Not going to happen.
To top it all off, the General Assembly Republicans seem intent on enacting more voter ID laws. The law passed last year to address the nonexistent problem of voter fraud is no longer seen as extreme enough, so they have to go back to the outhouse, and pull up another bucket of **** to dump on the voters of Virginia.
I feel like that kid in the Dutch folk tale who has to stick a finger in the dike to prevent the ocean from pouring in an washing his town away. Except that here in Virginia, the Republicans seem intent on drilling a million holes in the framework of social and economic law under which we live. It does not appear that Virginia state Republicans really mind becoming punchlines on Colbert, the Daily show, or Saturday Night Live. They do not seem to have a little red light in their brains that switches on when they go too far.
We have not seen our last election in Virginia, guys. I know you think that you have Gerrymandered so carefully that you are invincible, but we shall see.