“There’s a group of veteran women candidates who are running together this cycle, and we call ourselves The Badasses,” says the former Air Force captain favored to win Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District. Of their unofficial team name, she adds with a laugh, “we were advised that it may be off-putting — but true to the badass brand, we really didn’t care.”
I say we start by laughing at what genuinely makes us laugh. Even if the joke comes at our own expense. Especially when it comes at our own expense. It’s so important to stay funny in these unfunny times, not only as an escape valve from headline horror but because making a joke about a serious issue is not making light of it; it’s controlling the spotlight on it.