Republicans are desperately scrambling for new sources of indignation and victimhood (Raw Story link): Republican politicians see culture wars as their avenue back to power, according to The Washington Post columnist James Hohmann.
He adds that efforts to "capitalize on the cultural epidemic of grievance and victimhood" are "entirely rational," because they keep conservatives engaged.
Such battles also help to distract from the fact that Republicans are fighting against popular legislation. According to a Quinnipiac poll from February, nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the Biden administration's proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan.
"I don't think there is any danger in ignoring a debate on Mr. Potato Head and Dr. Seuss," John Anzalone, a Biden adviser and campaign pollster, told Politico.