Rep. Steven Stockman may in some ways be the finest example of what modern conservative politics are all about. With a robust financial backing from the gun lobby, the oil and gas industry and conservative Republican interest groups, Stockman has turned a number of heads and left a number of bewildered expressions as his long-shot farce of a campaign to replace Senator John Cornyn in the upcoming midterms continues on.
In his latest abysmal failure to appear clever, Stockman, notable for previously releasing campaign bumper stickers which read “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted,” has now suggested an alternative method for lubricating gun parts; using “liberal tears.”
Shown here lubricating what is clearly the lower receiver of an AK-47 model rifle (which begs the question, why isn’t this patriot buying or showing off more American models such as the AR-15 or Colt M4 6920,) with a highly sophisticated mock up of the undoubtedly petroleum based lubricant, Stockman epitomizes much of what comprises the entirety of modern conservative thinking. That being a disturbing fetish for guns and an equally irrational hatred for all things “liberal.”
A dedicated Tea Party “patriot,” Stockman hosts on his own campaign website, a photo at the very top of the welcome page, accusing current Republican Senator John Conryn of being a traitor to the conservative cause for his alleged involvement in a $50 million campaign to keep Tea Party insurgents from taking Senate seats. Furthermore, a full page is dedicated to encouraging “fellow patriots” to “Stand With Phil,” in which Stockman personally writes,
I am fuming. As you may know, the A&E Network has indefinitely suspended “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for sharing what the Bible says about homosexuality.
All in all, Stockman makes for a rather boiler plate conservative in the modern political arena. His regressive views, enthusiasm for the tools of violence and murder and utter disrespect for those he cannot identify with, fit well within the Tea Party. However, as a long-shot outsider of sorts, in a race with numerous other conservatives hell-bent on keeping what they see as a creeping threat of multiculturalism, tolerance and secular statehood from overtaking the country they’re intent on “taking back,” he is more commonly viewed by many, even within his own party, as something of a joke.
Regardless however of the potential or difficulty inherent to Stockman’s candidacy, the mere fact that some in Texas see him as a viable option says a considerable amount about the depth and total intellectual prowess that presently seems to be setting the tone in this coming 2014 Tea Party, GOP showdown.