The Republicans in the Florida House have been forced to fire a legislative aide who spread conspiracy theories against the student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
We're not convinced they sacked him because they were outraged. Instead, their objection seems to be that he circulated the calumny via his state government email account, thus putting them in a tight spot. But, okay. However it came about, suffice to say that the firing indicates the GOP is scared.
And they should be. The more we see of the kids from Parkland, the more convinced we are that this time will be different. Despite yesterday's setback in Tallahassee, the Republicans and their NRA friends are clearly feeling the heat.
And that's because the kids who didn't get killed are boldly going where no other students have gone before. Which is no reflection on previous victims: At Sandy Hook, the student survivors were too young, and the teachers too few in number, to take action. But with Parkland, you've got 3,000 social-media-savvy teens with enough time, anger, resources and maturity to channel their grief into positive energy and take on the cause. Their skills, both in person and online, truly outshine trolls on the right like convicted felon and total scumbag Dinesh D'Souza.
It's all pretty fitting, considering these kids attend a school named after somebody who was a badass in her own right. We cats PURR.
(PHOTO: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who lived to be 108, was a journalist, feminist and conservationist. And she liked cats.)