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Meet the GOP of 2022: Snowflakes and Safe Spaces


When I was a little girl, a neighbor friend came to me one day, telling me her mom had forbidden her to play with me anymore.

She'd learned, you see, that I had She-Ra dolls and, as the girl told me, "She-Ra uses magic."

They were conservative Evangelical Christians, as were we, and I went to my mom, sad and confused about what had happened.

"When someone is insecure in what they believe," my mom explained, "then sometimes they want to stay away from other beliefs completely. They're worried they might not be able to resist the different idea."

I can't help thinking about that recently, learning that the GOP announced their presidential candidates will have to sign a promise not to debate Democrats in any events held by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan group.

There's something deep about Republicans refusing to even debate Democrats anymore.


One particular complaint the GOP had with the current system was that moderators have, in real time, fact-checked politicians like Mitt Romney and Donald Trump. It's not fair, apparently, to have your lies called out on national TV.

It's just the latest move in the conservative retreat to safe spaces.

Republican senators have successfully wooed "Democratic" Sen. Joe Manchin and "Democratic" Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into keeping alive the filibuster, a Senate rule that requires a supermajority vote to pass most legislation. The threat of a filibuster means no law can pass without a Republican's agreement.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who previously had no problem with changing Senate rules when he was the one doing the alteration, touts the filibuster as the character of the Senate, which is, I guess, technically true as it exists solely to protect corrupt politicians who want to kill popular legislation if it goes against their naked self-interest.


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