Bad Brains

On an incredibly slow news morning, guess I’ll take a page from Brother Benen and have some fun at the expense of the Republican leader in the Maine House of Representatives, Kenneth Fredette, who was caught busily digging himself ever deeper into a hole of dubious observations about gender perceptions and Medicaid expansion:

A quick transcription:

“As I listen to the debate today and earlier debate on this bill, I can’t help but think of a title of a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And it’s a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain, in their own world. And women think another way in their brain and in their own world. And it really talks about the way that men and women can do a better job at communicating.

Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear really two fundamental issues. From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about ‘free. This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’ And that’s the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain, being a man’s brain, sort of thinks differently, because I say, ‘Well, it’s not — if it’s free, is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, there’s a cost to this.'”

You’d have to go back to Dan Quayle’s famous comment to the United Negro College Fund (“You take the UNCF model that what a waste it is to lose one’s mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.”) to find a more unintentionally illuminating meditation by a politician on the human brain.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.