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When we first heard of this Matt Bevin guy who's running against Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican primary, the only thing we knew about him was that he was a millionaire, a tea partier, and the sort of person who calls Mitch Goddamn McConnell a big-government liberal. Well, now we have a deeper understanding of Mr. Bevin, and what we now understand is that Matt Bevin is kind of loony. He is apparently concerned that if same sex marriage is legalized, the next thing that could happen just might be parents marrying their children. We'll give him this much: it's a change from the usual claim that gay marriage will lead to polygamy, pedophilia, or owl-on-turtle relations, so score something for originality.


In an interview Wednesday on the Janet Mefferd Show, Bevin explained exactly how that horror show could happen:

"If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage -- because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it -- so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise," Bevin said. "Where do you draw the line?"

Now, once the interview aired, a lot of people thought that Bevin had said that gay marriage could lead to parents marrying their children, which are merely the words he said, but not, according to his campaign, what he was talking about at all, no sir, not at all:

"This is a gross misrepresentation of what Matt said," Bevin spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said in a statement. "He sees no comparison between gay marriage and incest. He was discussing the implications of the legal rights related to this issue such as hospital visitations and benefits. To imply otherwise is ridiculous."

Whew! Is that ever a relief! He was talking about platonic incest only. Now it's a perfectly logical comparison between people who have made a life commitment to each other and want the same rights and benefits of all other married people, and parents who want to commit some kind of tax fraud.

Much better.

[TPM]

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Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.

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The president of the United States called a black woman a "dog" on Twitter Tuesday morning. It is common for folks who pride themselves on their supposed rational "level-headedness" to insist that Donald Trump's Twitter antics are part of some three-dimensional chess-like machinations intended to "distract" us from the Mueller investigation. But despite what Trump might think about my genetic stock, I'm capable of maintaining more than one competing thought in my head.

Sure, there's Russian collusion out the wazoo. Yes, immigrant children are still separated from their parents because of the Trump administration's cruel policies. But I also think whenever we dismiss something Trump does that would be a major story in any other presidency with a mammal chief executive, we help normalize this repulsive behavior.

I've mentioned before that every time Trump whips out his racist bullhorn, the "level-headed" brigade rapidly responds with examples of Trump also being an asshat to white guys and won't someone please think of them? "Doesn't Trump frequently call people dogs? He likes to take a Michael Vick theme to his personal insults." Charles M. Blow, who is more dedicated than I, looked into this claim, and it doesn't appear to be true.

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