Nobody's Perfect

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There are exceptions to any rule, of course, and both sides include individuals who have failed to uphold the standards set by their party.

Republicans

In what is apparently a huge embarrassment to the rest of the GOP, some prominent Republicans occasionally insist on doing sensible things.

  • 2016-10-07 RNC chairman condemns Trump: 'No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.' -- despite the fact that demeaning women is a key part of the Republican platform
  • 2016-06-19 Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) vetoed a bill that was basically yet another thinly-veiled attempt to restrict voting rights.[1]
  • In the wake of the Pulse Massacre in Orlando, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) apologized to the LGBTQ community for his childhood homophobia and urged people to love one another.
  • 2016-04-06 Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), while reprehensible in many other ways, nonetheless signed a bill[2] repealing the state's ban on cohabitation.
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) vetoed a GOP-passed bill that would have made it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion because she didn't think it would "survive a constitutional challenge" (meaning it's unconstitutional, but she needed to sound like she still supports it despite this).[3]
  • Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) vetoed legislation which would have permitted using the Bible as a factual reference work in public schools, correctly calling it a violation of the Idaho Constitution (though apparently not mentioning that it would also be in violation of the US Constitution).[4] Republican attempts to remedy this unfortunate display of common sense include:
    • Dysconservative legislators who supported the bill cited the popular right-wing myths that the Bible is "under attack" and is "needed".
    • The bill was sponsored by State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll (R-Cottonwood), who apparently doesn't understand anything about Constitutional law and also believes the common dysconservative myth that the US founding fathers "feared not having [The Bible] would result in corruption and misuse of taxpayer funds."
  • When South Dakota state lawmakers put an anti-trans "bathroom bill" on his desk, Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) met with three transgender people in order to understand their side of the story – and consequently vetoed the bill, noting correctly that it "does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota.".[5]
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) "signed a bill into law Tuesday [2016-05-10] yielding the most expansive insurance coverage for contraception in the country. By eliminating most co-pays and all prescriptions for birth control, demanding coverage for up to 13 months of birth control at a time, and shedding costs for vasectomies, the law pushes Maryland to the forefront of the national movement to expand contraception access.[6]

Democrats

Likewise, there are some Democrats who have been known to go over to the dark side, and a few who seem to like it there.

  • Pro-Clinton Democrats are apparently working against "Medicare-for-all" in Colorado.[7]
  • California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) sucks when she joins with North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R) in supporting a bill that would require technology companies to be able to break their own encryption, making it easier for government (and big business) to spy on personal data.
    • ...but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D) makes up for Dianne by firmly opposing the bill.[8]

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