The Kentucky Republican began making the link between the personal, the political and the plumbing-related when he asked Kathleen Hogan, the DOE deputy assistant secretary on energy efficiency, “I was wondering if you’re pro-choice?”and this is where it got really odd:
“I’m pro-choice of bulbs,” Hogan responded.
“Actually, that’s the point,” Paul said, during an appliance efficiency hearing at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“The point is that most members of your administration probably would be frank and characterize themselves — and upfront — as being pro-choice for abortion,” he said, “but you’re really anti-choice on every other consumer item."
Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house, and I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house,” Paul said. He added, “I find it insulting.Light bulbs, toilets, women's bodies and self-determination, it's all really the same thing, right? I'm pretty sure regulation is the problem with everything, some days, myself. Lead paint was sturdy and it tasted better than what's out there today. Why is it that I can't get lead paint and heroin on my way down to the abortion store? It's un-American I tell you!
But let's leave light bulbs out of it, because deep down, I don't think any of this is about light bulbs, really. It's about the toilets and uteruses. Surely there's a connection somewhere between a man getting his flush on and a woman making an intimately personal decision about her health and future--Oh wait. The answer has to be in the form of a question and compares uteruses to toilets, not women. Okay--"What are useful receptacles?"
(That *thud* you just heard was my head hitting the old desk again in disquietude that I might have actually "got it".)