Todd Smith as quoted in the NPR piece: “Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid,” former State Rep. Todd Smith wrote Gov. Abbott. “I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”
America seems more and more absurd to me, full of actions that would seem hilarious if they were happening at a greater distance in time and space, like a medieval court putting a cow on trial, or Caligula making his horse a senator.
I don’t think this governor even remotely believes that Obama is planning to put Texas under martial law. But the depth of cynicism required to pander to the far right on this issue is devastating. Where the absurdity comes in, is in his lack of embarrassment. How could it be that he is not ashamed of himself?