Email #19, Subject: Partisan bipartisanism?

You wrote in your column following the election: “With Republicans holding the White House and the majorities in both chambers of Congress, I am hopeful that we will now have an avenue to move bipartisan legislation that has been stalled over the past eight years.” Apparently, you or one of your staff writers has studied George Orwell. Do you not see the absurdity of the doublespeak? Who is the “we” in that sentence? If the legislation is “bipartisan” why only now when the GOP controls both Congress and the White House is there an avenue to pass it? Using an avenue that is overwhelmingly partisan is the opposite of uniting and working together. If you can’t even get your rhetoric “to come together,” how can you expect people who didn’t vote for Trump to trust you? You represent the entire 6th district, not the Republican party.

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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