Bearcats fan: 'I'm embarrassed Tommy Tuberville was ever UC's football coach' | Letters

Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) greets the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2024, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) greets the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2024, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
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I'm a Cincinnati Bearcat fan and embarrassed that Tommy Tuberville was ever UC's football coach. Over the course of his brief political career, Senator Tuberville has struggled on a great many fronts. The stunningly ignorant Alabama Republican is perhaps best known for launching an unprecedented, 10-month blockade, preventing confirmation of U.S. military leaders, all the while failing to understand the implications of his own tactics. But that’s really just the start of a larger conversation.

Tuberville is also known for his election denialism, his provocative rhetoric about race, his disparagements of the U.S. military, his difficulties with basic details related to civics and modern American history, and his willingness to give Russian President Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt. Alas, the list keeps growing.

The coach-turned-politician was struggling to share his thoughts on his state’s Supreme Court ruling that embryos must be seen as people. When pressed further, asking about the implications of the ruling, most notably for families trying to have children through in vitro fertilization or IVF, Tuberville said several words, though they weren’t altogether clarifying or coherent.

"Well, that’s, that’s for another conversation. I think the big thing is right now, you protect − you go back to the situation and try to work it out to where it’s best for everybody. I mean, that’s what − that’s what the whole abortion issue is about," the GOP senator added.

Tuberville acknowledged that he hadn’t read the ruling, and the "Alabaman" appeared to struggle to explain how the decision, which threatens to limit access to IVF treatment, would help more people have children. When asked about the real-world effects the state Supreme Court’s decision was having on women who had begun to go IVF treatment in Alabama, Tuberville said, "I don’t know enough about how that works," after endorsing the court’s ruling.

Just so we’re all clear, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled this past week that frozen embryos are actual people. As a consequence, the University of Alabama at Birmingham suspended its IVF treatments on Wednesday, and two more medical facilities followed suit a day later. For Tuberville, this isn’t an obscure dispute unfolding in a state thousands of miles from his home. At issue is an important ruling in his home state, affecting many of his own constituents, which the senator doesn’t seem to understand in a meaningful way.

Tuberville hadn’t exactly earned a reputation for competence before this week. His standing is nevertheless a bit worse now.

Mel Shuller, Montgomery

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Bearcats fan: I'm embarrassed Tommy Tuberville ever coached at UC