The Republicans, having successfully waged a war against evolution, history, math, economics, and the poor, have turned their attention to human anatomy. Whether it’s Todd Akin or Rush Limbaugh, all the troglodytes with an (R) beside their name are doing their best to live up to Bobby Jindal’s “Party of Stupid” moniker.
Akin and Limbaugh have competition, though: an Iowa state representative, shortly after a three hour hearing regarding abortion in telemedicine, asked whether or not women could undergo a remote gynecological test by swallowing the camera.
Representative Vito Barbieri posed the question towards the end of the three hour hearing on a bill that would make proscribing abortion-inducing drugs via telemedicine illegal — a practice, by the way, that apparently hasn’t penetrated that far into flyover country. This didn’t stop the Republicans from passing it anyway, but even they were aware of how absurd the question was he asked.
Dr. Julie Madsen, an actual doctor who was testifying against the bill, explained that it would be impossible because, well:
You’d hope that someone who sat on the board of a “Crisis Pregnancy Center” would have a better grasp of anatomy, but you’d be wrong.
When asked to explain himself, Barbieri spat up this marvelous word salad:
[Dr. Julie Madsen] made the point that you could swallow a camera and from thousands of miles away, you could detect the state of that colonoscopy…. My question was then, are you saying that you can swallow a camera and get the same results? Which is of course rhetorical. But she responded that of course you can’t swallow a pill and have it end up in your vagina. So my point was made.
So there you have it: Just like he has no idea how the human body works, he has no idea how rhetoric works, either.
I’m sure right-wing Iowans are proud of electing a representative that’s just as stupid as they are. It’s a marvel he can tie his shoes.