Vigil

A vigil marks the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday night, Sept. 20, 2020, in downtown Madison, Ga.

I’ve not been at Truist Park this summer watching the Braves, but in Section 28, you’ll find me anyway.

Well, it’s a representation of me, a cardboard cutout with my likeness. It’s a picture, the same dumb grin, with my Braves jersey I bought off the clearance rack and my ’95 World Series cap in glorious 2D.

Me and my fellow faux fans all have thickness that can be measured in centimeters. There’s just not a lot of there there.

And that, we were reminded Friday night, is what too many of our political leaders think we are in real life.

The news was barely an hour old that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died at age 87 and Georgia leaders couldn’t wait to emulate the president whose favor they crave by hopping on Twitter.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville offered condolences to the “more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered,” a reference to abortion, a matter decided a good two decades before Ginsburg’s time on the Supreme Court.

The woman Collins wants to replace in the Senate, incumbent Kelly Loeffler, wasn’t quite as in your face. After a perfunctory “prayers with the Ginsburg family,” Loeffler tweeted that she supported President Donald Trump’s right to pick “a strict constructionist,” thereby forgetting the precedent set just four years ago.

But I digress.

Don’t get mad because Collins and Loeffler are crass. Get mad because of why they did it.

They believe you’ll lap it up like a kitten at a saucer of milk.

They think you’re a flat cardboard cutout, just looking for inane talking points and a chance to own the libs.

Are you going to let them get away with it? Because rewarding these cheap plaudits only encourages more, and I really want to think that’s not what we want.

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