Today on the House floor, Rep. Bill Dunn tried a new tactic to bait search engines while discussing a bill involving requirements for hospitals to report "doctor shopping." In so doing, he joined David Fowler in the Lack of Self-Awareness Hall of Fame.
In his opening remarks, Dunn quipped that his bill could involve gun-owning doctors who perform sex-change operations — an attempt at humor directed at the media's supposed affinity for covering those subjects.
No one laughed. In fact, Dunn had to explain the joke later, remarking that he thought if he mentioned sex and guns — issues he thinks get too much coverage — perhaps the press would cover his bill.
Apparently, though, Dunn wants it both ways. (If we actually were going to make a joke that would make people laugh, it'd be right here.) He's always game to sponsor some controversial piece of legislation, but would like to do so without pesky reporters writing about it.
We had assumed that as an original sponsor and consistent defender of "Don't Say Gay," a sponsor of the "Monkey Bill," and a vocal supporter of the "Saggy Pants" bill — and that's just this year, off the top of our heads — Dunn took these issues seriously. The media might have nickamed the bills, but we didn't introduce them.
Surely the Republican base shares our surprise at hearing Bill Dunn doesn't really think sex and guns deserve much attention.