Uh oh: Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's primary challenger, Matt Bevin, has been crushing Mr. McConnell for his support of the 2008 financial services bailout -- but it turns out Mr. Bevin's firm itself praised said bailout in a letter to its investors. Only "don't call it a bailout," the letter said, though it did not follow with "it's been here for years." It gets better: Mr. Bevin's firm also praised the stimulus! Mr. Bevin's spokeshack first said his opinions about matters bailout- and stimulus-related hadn't changed, despite the written evidence that they had, and then said that Mr. Bevin's signing off on these statements was a "formality" that didn't imply that he approved of them. She can call that a "formality" if she likes, but the SEC calls that Mr. Bevin's obligation under the law, which tells me that Mr. Bevin's just another one who thinks laws are only for other people. This is bad, bad news for Mr. Bevin, unless he can convince large numbers of voters in Kentucky that his approval of the bailout matters less than the establishment press "opposing" him. Even that's unlikely -- folks really, really don't like the establishment press, but they really, really hate the bailout.
A Republican-dominated Kansas House passes a massive anti-gay discrimination bill, one which allows private citizens and state officials to refuse to serve gays if they hold a "sincere religious belief" that homosexuality is an abomination. Then a quite-justified storm of criticism followed -- some of it coming from the state business community -- and the state Senate subsequently announced that, well, the bill has problems and needs a bit of rewriting. (First, I suppose, they'll have to figure out who wrote the bill, since the House Speaker doesn't seem to know for sure.) Folks are mainly mad because the bill would discriminate against gays in more or less the way Jim Crow laws discriminated against black folks, and while I share that anger, my anger also goes much deeper: I'm so, so sick and tired of bigots claiming they're being "discriminated against" because the law won't let their bigotry run roughshod over other people's real rights, and I'm so, so, so sick and tired of the weakest people in America getting attention with their whining and their tantrums whenever the world around them actually becomes a little kinder and gentler than they'd care to be. So I propose that, in the absence of a mechanism to eject Kansas from the union, we no longer call it Kansas. I propose, from now on, that we call it Flyover Country instead.