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Opening Arguments


Cognitive dissonance:

Our bubbled mainstream media got a serious crash-course in reality this week with the revelations that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio don’t hate gays, and that Bruce Jenner, who is in the process of transitioning into a woman, remains a Christian Republican.

During a two-hour interview Friday night, Jenner said to a noticeably puzzled Diane Sawyer, “I’ve always been more on the conservative side.” Still in shock, Sawyer then asked if he’s a Republican. Jenner responded in the affirmative, ”Yeah. Is that a bad thing? I believe in the Constitution.” Jenner also said he was a Christian and not a Barack Obama fan.

The left-wing Huffington Post is even more confused than Ms. Sawyer. The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein notes that HuffPo has saturated its site in overnight Jenner coverage without once managing to reveal his identity as a Christian Republican.

Newflash: Jenner didn’t get a brain transplant.

"Jenner didn't get a brain transplant." Heh. The phrase "bubbled mainstream media" is apt, as is the one used in the headline: parochial mainstream media. They talk only to each other, so their worldview must be the only true one, and anything outside that is simply unimaginable.

About Jenner, the reactions have been all over the map, everything from "You go, girl" to "He shouldn't have been on the Wheaties box." My honest reaction was that, if he truly felt all these years that he was a woman trapped in a man's body, it's a shame he thought he had to wait till age 65 to be who he is. If he'd done it a lot earlier, he could have been happier, and, as a bonus, the rest of us might have been spared the Kardashians. (The first time I ever heard of them, I thought, fleetingly, "The evil alien race from Star Trek TNG got their own TV show?")

You probably heard about Cruz, by the way, attending an event hosted by two gay businessmen from New York beccause, though they disagreed on gay marriage, agreed on things like tax policy and Israel. After a horrible  backlash on social media and the threatened loss of business at their hotel, they have backpedaled furiously, one of them confessing he was shaken to the bones" by the the reaction and admitting to "a terrible mistkake."

For merely talking to someone who disagreed with them. Because, you know, tolerance. Has their been a terrible backlash from religious conservatives againg Cruz because he dared attend the event? Not so much.

Riddle of the day. What do a gay hotel owner and Gov, Mike Pence have in common? Bullies can back them down.