You ever have one of those friends who just can’t see how terrible her boyfriend is? Like he’s not funny or smart or entertaining, but at least he treats her badly? And even though everyone else can see that he’s not good enough for her, she seems unreasonably smitten with a big, dumb, idiot who is actively trying to make her life worse?
That’s how this pinko, commie Liberal is currently feeling about poor, white America’s obsession with the GOP.
And here’s the other thing: It’s a fair assessment. Republicans aren’t interested in offering the social service programs most poor people require to meet their basic needs. And they’re also not interested in leveling the playing field so that poor folks can get the education needed to get better jobs, or increasing the quality of the shitty jobs that poor people currently have. The Republican party is interested only in giving more money to insanely rich people so those same insanely rich people will give more money back to the Republican party. We can see how badly the Republicans are treating poor people, but we can’t talk any sense into them.
The worst part about this tax bill (aside from what’s written in it, how it was passed, and the effects it’ll have on the country on the whole and its economic future), is that I’m pretty sure at least a few of us imagined this would be the turning point for the poor, white voter. This is the moment that Zach has to literally show Kelly what an asshole Jeff is at The Attic. This is when Jimmy Dugan’s innocuous question about Doris’ boyfriend’s picture leads her to throw it and, metaphorically, her shitty guy out of the bus window. Only that’s super not going to happen. Instead of realizing, “he’s not much to look at, but at least he treats me badly,” poor, white voters realize, “he’s not much to look at and he treats me badly, but at least he’s still racist and supports my racism.”
So I’m just going to go ahead and say maybe we stop worrying about this particular friend and her shitty boyfriend. Maybe they deserve each other.