In a Senate hearing on energy yesterday, Kentucky senator Rand Paul demanded that a woman explain to him why his toilet doesn't work but she still gets to have abortions. Is there no justice in this world?
Watch as Rand harangues Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant energy secretary for efficiency, about how "insulting" it is that he has to flush more than once while women get to have all the fun choices. She manages to keep a straight face until the end.
Paul asks her if she's pro-choice, and given that this is a hearing about energy efficiency, she tells him she's pro-choice on lightbulbs. He protests, "You're really anti-choice on any other consumer item we've listed here, including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets. You can't go around your house without being told what to buy. You restrict my purchases. You don't care about my choices, you don't care about the consumer, frankly. You raise the cost of all the items with all your rules, all your notions that you know what's best for me."
Word to Rand Paul: No one is trying to put anyone in jail for not using energy-efficient lightbulbs. But more than a handful of his Republican colleagues are trying to find ways to jail women for having abortions or even miscarriages.