| You can't make this stuff up. Republican Steve Stockman, who has set a land-speed record for going from zero to bat-shit crazy in less than three months in Congress, set a terrible new low for his party this week with his comments on the Violence Against Women Act.
Woodruff was following Stockman the day last month the Violence Against Women Act finally passed the House. Stockman, who comes from a redder than red area of east Texas hates the bill. Hates it. Why?
"This is helping the liberals, this is horrible. Unbelievable. What really bothers - it's called a women's act, but then they have men dressed up as women, they count that. Change-gender, or whatever. How is that - how is that a woman?"
Wow. Wow wow wow.
The Violence Against Women Act, VAWA for short, was enacted in 1994 under the leadership of now-Vice President Joe Biden to recognize the severity of violence against women and provide tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable while funding programs to provide services for the victims of such violence.
The law has been tremendously effective, funding programs that served an average of 117,436 female victims per six month period between 2000 and 2009 who requested services. That is a LOT of violence against women.
The reauthorized VAWA -- signed into law by President Obama earlier this month -- was expanded to include Native Americans, immigrants, and LGBT Americans who are victims of domestic violence. Previously there was no dedicated funds for these communities.
That's why Republicans fought the reauthorization of VAWA: because it included three communities that the GOP evidently doesn't think worthy of protection against domestic violence.
Stockman is freaking out because he's too ignorant to understand concepts such as gender expression or identity. His core constituents, the folks who turn out for a mid-summer Republican run-off, will only reward him for such intolerant, bigoted views. Have any other Texas Republicans condemned Stockman's homophobic views? I'm not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
You heard it from Republican Steve Stockman, folks: passing tougher laws to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women is somehow "helping the liberals." Personally I'd rather live in a world where stopping violence againts women is a human issue rather than a partisan one, but as long as sub-human life forms like Stockman get elected by Republican run-off voters, I guess that day is still a long way away.