Republicans might be about to take a licking

O’Rourke produced a photo of himself as a tyke wearing a sweater emblazoned with “Beto.” One would think Cruz would be more sympathetic to a child just trying to fit in, especially since he tweaked his own given middle name, Edward, to become Ted.

..  Murphy, a professed abortion opponent, seemed to suggest that a woman with whom he’d had an affair should seek an abortion when the two thought she might be pregnant. Incensed when she spotted a March for Life posting on his public Facebook account, she texted him: “And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week . . . ”


The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men

All life should be cherished and protected, as Mr. DesJarlais’s website insists,

  • unless it’s your girlfriend who’s unexpectedly expecting, in which case you’ve got to cherish and protect your political future instead. Life begins at conception, as Mr. Rees-Mogg said in a debate,
  • unless that life begins inside of a poor brown-skinned woman half a world away, and there’s money to be made from helping her to end it.

.. It’s almost as if these men are fighting to make abortion a crime because they’re more invested in curtailing women’s options and controlling their bodies than they are with saving innocent lives.

.. But what Mr. Murphy’s moral flexibility ultimately reveals is that, for these particular hard-line anti-abortion politicians, it’s not about fetal pain or the sanctity of life. It’s all about control — whether you’re telling a woman she can’t have an abortion, or forcing a woman to get one.

A Leading Mental-Health Advocate Blasts Trump’s Choice for Top Post

Republican congressman Tim Murphy raises concerns over nominee Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz

 In an interview this week, Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.), a leading GOP voice on mental health, said nominee Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz was part of a team that blocked reforms when she was chief medical officer of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under President Obama.
..Mr. Murphy had strongly backed Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist who helped him draft the legislation, for the job. Dr. Welner would have likely been a controversial choice; he has been criticized by colleagues for court testimony against defendants that others believed had serious mental-health problems, and for television appearances in which he offered opinions on people he had never personally evaluated.
.. The congressman had long argued that programs like art therapy—which he said aren’t based on solid research and don’t provide effective treatment—took government funds away from other programs offering more direct medical assistance such as hospitalizations, talk therapy and medication. At the center of that criticism was SAMHSA, where he felt this “anti-medical” mind-set was rampant.
.. SAMHSA officials have defended programs such as one helping teachers recognize signs of mental illness in children and another teaching young children about drug abuse, which some lawmakers had cited as examples of waste.
.. “Murphy has been the most outspoken critic—rightly so—of SAMHSA, and Ellie quit SAMHSA for much of the same reasons. There’s something here that doesn’t add up.”