George R. R. Martin — author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series, world’s coolest shopping mall Santa — took to his website yesterday to voice his displeasure with what he called “attempts at voter suppression” by the GOP in swing states during this election cycle. “It is one thing to attempt to win elections,” writes Martin, “But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen…that goes beyond reprehensible.” Martin notes that the Republican party used to be led by people he admired despite disagreeing them — including Henry Cabot Lodge and Barry Goldwater — noting: “They were conservatives, but they were not bigots, nor racists, nor corrupt.”
Building to a Lannister-worthy rhetorical flourish, the author concludes:
The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.
Pause to imagine the Koch brothers sipping wine, wearing matching coats carved out of elephant hide and matching elephant-tusk helmets. Politics is fun!
And now, apropos of nothing, here’s a picture of George W. Bush’s head on a stake from Game of Thrones season 1:
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