“Raw abuse of power?” Why, that’s the Republican way.

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Isn’t that right, Commissioners Bush and Seabrook?

I’d ask Keith Henderson what he thinks, except he’s amid the cedars of Lebanon, up Boone County way, Groucho mask in hand, preparing to conduct the shadow prosecution in the Third Time Lucky case.

Not really. He’s convening a grand jury in pursuit of missing information. It is unclear whether Dan Coffey will accept company in pursuit.

I’m sure powerhouse GOP chairman Dave Matthews much appreciates the Supreme Court’s appeasement of Southerners perpetually re-fighting the Civil War a full 150 years after Gettysburg, with the ostensible topic this time being voting rights.

Todays SCOTUS rulings on same sex marriage cases have churchgoers nationwide biting their nails and contemplating flight to human rights sanctuaries like Belarus, where the gays aren’t permitted.

Meanwhile, in Texas …

Texas abortion bill defeated after missing deadline, by Helen Davidson (Guardian)

… Wearing pink trainers, (Senator Wendy) Davis rocked from hip to hip and slowly paced while she read testimony from doctors and women who would be affected by the bill if it were passed. “What purpose does this bill serve? And could it be, might it just be a desire to limit women’s access to safe, healthy, legal, constitutionally protected abortions in the state of Texas?” she said.

Hmm, could be. What do you think, Steve? How ’bout you, Mark?

Texas Vote Passing Abortion Bill Is Rendered Moot, by Manny Fernandez and Erik Eckholm (NYT)

… The reversal served as an embarrassing episode for Mr. (David) Dewhurst and Republican senators on a divisive bill that was closely watched around the nation, both by anti-abortion activists and supporters of abortion rights.

“The G.O.P. Senate leadership comes out of this whole process looking somewhat disingenuous, deceptive and disorganized,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

Perhaps it isn’t the appearance at all. That’s the way it is here, too. It’s what today’s Republican reactionaries are, at root … whether in DC, Texas, or right here at home.

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