I can’t help but flinch and scowl when I hear/see Republican legislators with a Southern accent recite their rhetorical blah-blah on a news show. Do these guys exaggerate their yokel patter in order to project more of a country-ish, Tea Party-appealing persona? This plus their corporate-serving views…God.

The main barrier preventing a budget=cut agreement between the Obama administration and Republicans is reportedly over a “rider” that would completely defund Planned Parenthood — a culture-war sop to hinterland primitives because PP advises and assists in abortions.