Legislative Signal v. Political Noise
The weakness of anti-drag queen legislation.
I found the following, via NPR, to be rather interesting and a bit emblematic of our current political moment: Despite all the talk, no states have active laws banning drag in front of kids.
Bills restricting drag have failed to pass, passed as watered-down laws, have been vetoed or, in the case of three states that did manage to pass meaningful restrictions, laws have been temporarily halted by federal judges.
This all strikes me as an interesting contrast between an awful lot of noisy rhetoric resulting in a lot less legislative action than one might have assumed was the case. It is especially surprising because one would think in many of these states getting stronger legislation passed would not have been that difficult. I am not sure how much of this is about the lack of legislative skills and how much is about broader legal protections (and hence the judicial interventions).
I do think a lot of it is a bunch of politicians grasping onto an easy target while not really caring about it in a substantive way.