Daily Briefs: Michelle Obama in KC, Phill Kline, and some unneccesary roughness.


Until today, I didn’t know that the imaginary deck of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that political reporters are always sleepily invoking included an “abortion card,” %{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”57150c4589121ca96b960d06″ data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%but according to Fred Logan’s Campaign Blog at KCTV Channel 5, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline is “playing” one. I know “playing the race card” is a lazy, assy-smelling metaphor for the deployment of race-based political tactics, but doesn’t “playing the abortion card” pretty much encapsulate Phill Kline’s entire life?

I bet his wife would tell you that he never talks about anything other than late-term abortions, ever — not even regular old blastocyst-removal abortions. And then, after 20 minutes of yammering about abortion across the dinner table, he says, “But enough about my day,” followed by some things that just occurred to him about abortion. It’s like accusing genocide of playing the “ethnic-cleansing card” or accusing orgasms of playing the “shuddering ejaculation followed by deep, forgetful slumber” card.

This morning’s post is weirdly extra-mean — click here, or on this valuable Honus Wagner baseball card playing the equally valuable race card:

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