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Friday, May 05, 2017

 
Clones

by digby





No.The pictures of the large group of white male Republicans laughing and cheering that they'd taken the first successful step to kick possibly 24 million people off of health insurance and make millions more suffer and go bankrupt was iconic. They won't see the last of these:





But leave it to Chris Cilizza to defend them against the unfair attacks by "liberals"

House Republicans marched to the White House on Thursday afternoon to celebrate their victory: Passage of the American Health Care Act.



President Trump welcomed them with a Rose Garden celebration. This photo, seen above, was taken of it.

You'll likely notice -- as the Internet did very quickly -- that there are only white men visible in that picture. Which is not a great image to be sending to the country following the passage of a controversial healthcare law and while fighting back against the stereotype that your party is largely populated by, wait for it, white men.
This tweet, to that end, was brilliant.





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There are two women in the photo, by the way. But one is obscured by Vice President Mike Pence and the other's face cannot be seen behind Texas Rep. Kevin Brady.

But, if you stretch the frame out a bit, you see that there were more women there -- just outside of the frame of the first picture. Take a look:




So, as is often the case, the picture seized on by the social media horde -- especially the liberals within it -- doesn't tell the whole story.

Right. The story we all missed was that out of that large sea of white men there was a tiny number of white women in the crowd of white men who also celebrated the destruction of health care for 24 million people. But hey, those liberals are nasty terrible people for pointing out that 94% of the people who voted to deny health care to millions were white guys. They are, after all, the the most important of the Real Americans and they speak for all of us.

The funny thing is that Cilizza went on to undermine his point (and the point of his entire post) by admitting that the GOP does have a teensy little diversity issue: only 21 of their 238 members are women, which is equal to 9%. The Democrats, by contrast, have a whopping 32% women. (I'm quite sure, by the way, that this has nothing to do with sexism and everything to do with the fact that women just aren't as good at men at the highly skilled job of politics. When they can prove to be as talented, smart and hard-working as the likes of Louis Gohmert and Steve King, they might be elected.) He also points out that they have 2 whole African Americans in the caucus (or 0.8%) but neither of them were at the ceremony.

Nonetheless, he concludes that while the Republicans do have an issue with diversity (ya think?) it wasn't fair for liberals to point that out because there was a tiny handful of white women who were there yesterday.

Liberals are such assholes.

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