The ‘Good’ Republicans Are Bad, and the Bad Ones Are Batshit

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  3 weeks ago  •  17 comments

By:   Molly Jong-Fast, The Daily Beast

The ‘Good’ Republicans Are Bad, and the Bad Ones Are Batshit

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The ‘Good’ Republicans Are Bad, and the Bad Ones Are Batshit






Molly Jong-Fast






Thu, July 8, 2021, 4:50 AM







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Chip Roy from Texas’ 21st Congressional District   didn’t vote to overturn the election of the 2020 election, which made him   slightly better   than   147 of his colleagues who voted to change the election results because they didn’t like them .

Roy released a statement with a small group of Republican reps who wanted to follow the law despite   the fact that their guy lost , warning that trying to overturn the election would “strengthen the efforts of those on the left who are determined to eliminate it or render it irrelevant.” He even went as far as to challenge the   seating of representatives   from states where members of his party were challenging the results of the election—a pretty bold move considering one of the people who was challenging the results was his old boss Ted Cruz.

But what a difference six months makes. Roy is no longer Team Electoral College and the Constitution. He’s joined the rest of his party—with the exception of soon-to-be-purged Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney—on Team Own the Libs Even If It Means Killing Your Supporters.

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This weekend he was sounding like a mini-Newt, telling a group  in a recently surfaced video that “Honestly, right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to do everything we can to slow all of that down to get to December of 2022, and then get in there and lead.” When  CNN followed up , “Roy responded to coverage of his earlier comments in a statement standing by his remarks, saying he plans to ‘oppose almost everything that Congress does,’ and pledging ‘to fight with every ounce of my being to stop the radical left—and weak Republicans.’” And then of course there was his weird anti-vaxxer tweet: “ come inject it. ” A great message when the most contagious delta variant is taking hold and new polling from the  Washington Post -ABC shows that  47 percent of Republicans “aren’t likely to get vaccinated.”


This is the Republican brand now: death before decency. What Roy’s colleague Paul Gosar learned from Trumpism is that working with terrifying far-right extremists is totally cool. Gosar is now even more far-right than Steve King, who was censured for his white nationalist statements back when Republicans at least pretended to give a shit.

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Now Gosar is being   praised by white nationalist   Nick Fuentes—and minority “Leader” Kevin McCarthy is fine with that, just like he’s fine with Marjorie Taylor Greene   raving about the Jews   and Matt Gaetz ( R-Sex Creep ) staying on the House Ethics Committee so that he could question   the head of the FBI while continuing to be investigated by the FBI.

Meanwhile Stop the Steal speaker Mo Brooks is now running for Senate in Alabama. Brooks, who was a planner of the Jan. 6 rally, according to   a deleted video from Ali Alexander , claims in a new civil filing that he only spoke   at the rally-turned-riot because the White House told him to . That was in the same legal filing in which he said he   believes that Trump still won the election   (Trump did not).

Since no one in Trumpworld has been punished for anything, Republicans have learned that you do anything at all and no one will ever hold you accountable. Local Republicans continue trying to make it harder for the “wrong people” to vote, including   Native Americans   in Montana this week. It’s not about racism, they insist; it’s about stopping groups that back Democrats who oppose racism.

Trump taught Republicans that they can be as shitty as they want, and no one will stop them, as long as they don’t cross Trump. Just look at former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned after he was indicted on felony charges after cheating on his wife with a woman he blackmailed and abused. He’s running for Senate now, and a GOP mega-donor just gave him   $2.5 million   because allegations of sexual assault are no longer a barrier to entry in today’s GOP; they may even be the mark of a “real man.” Just ask Donald.

These people will continue to break rules and wreck our democracy until someone—are you listening, Merrick Garland?—holds them accountable.

If Chip Roy is the best of this rotten bunch, it’s time to toss the whole barrel. William Butler Yeats must have been writing about the Republicans when he wrote that “the best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”









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Tessylo
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

Chip Roy from Texas’ 21st Congressional District      didn’t vote to overturn the election of the 2020 election, which made him      slightly better      than      147 of his colleagues who voted to change the election results because they didn’t like them  .

Roy released a statement with a small group of Republican reps who wanted to follow the law despite   the fact that their guy lost , warning that trying to overturn the election would “strengthen the efforts of those on the left who are determined to eliminate it or render it irrelevant.” He even went as far as to challenge the   seating of representatives   from states where members of his party were challenging the results of the election—a pretty bold move considering one of the people who was challenging the results was his old boss Ted Cruz.

But what a difference six months makes. Roy is no longer Team Electoral College and the Constitution. He’s joined the rest of his party—with the exception of soon-to-be-purged Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney—on Team Own the Libs Even If It Means Killing Your Supporters.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

"This is the Republican brand now: death before decency. What Roy’s colleague Paul Gosar learned from Trumpism is that working with terrifying far-right extremists is totally cool. Gosar is now even more far-right than Steve King, who was censured for his white nationalist statements back when Republicans at least pretended to give a shit."

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3  seeder  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

The gqp has made it abundantly clear they care about no one, but themselves.  

All else may fuck off.  

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
3.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @3    3 weeks ago

Real nice way to just tar all with the same brush. Speaks volumes.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago
because allegations of sexual assault are no longer a barrier to entry in today’s GOP; they may even be the mark of a “real man.” Just ask Donald.

Unless you're a democrat then you're an immoral, chauvinistic pig

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
4.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    3 weeks ago
you're a democrat then you're an immoral, chauvinistic pig

Indeed.  You got that part right.  

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  XXJefferson51 @4.1    3 weeks ago

Then wouldn't trmp be an immoral, chauvinistic pig? He cheated on all his wives and has banged porn stars

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
4.1.2  XXJefferson51  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.1.1    3 weeks ago

He was a democrat when he did all that. People change and improve themselves.  

 
 
 
devangelical
PhD Principal
4.1.3  devangelical  replied to  XXJefferson51 @4.1.2    3 weeks ago

... so was raygun when he was banging 15 year old hollywood starlets. funny how all is forgiven the moment party affiliation changes.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  XXJefferson51 @4.1.2    3 weeks ago

I knew you would fucking justify it somehow.

What does the 10 Commandments say about worshipping false gods?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.1.5  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  XXJefferson51 @4.1.2    3 weeks ago

trumpturd has never changed nor improved himself.  He's always been a scumlappingshitbag.  

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
4.1.6  Ozzwald  replied to  XXJefferson51 @4.1.2    3 weeks ago
He was a democrat when he did all that.

Which is why he couldn't run for POTUS as a democrat.  Only the republicans have accepted him with open arms.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
5  JBB    3 weeks ago

I still differentiate between holdout olde school big R Republicans in the Big G Grand Old Party of Lincoln and the lower case gop of Trumpian knownothings!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5.1  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @5    3 weeks ago

I have never seen you differentiate between them at all---ever!

Usually you just type the usual nonsense about the gop not being the party of Lincoln anymore like he hasn't been dead for well over a century now.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1    3 weeks ago

They're dead and stinking and rotten and putrid - bunch of scumbags!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @5.1.1    3 weeks ago

Yes, Tessylo, very good, all the people born in the 1800's ARE dead now!!!!

BTFW, dead people--of ALL races, sex, and political parties--are stinking, rotten, and putrid after a while.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
5.2  Ozzwald  replied to  JBB @5    3 weeks ago
I still differentiate between holdout olde school big R Republicans in the Big G Grand Old Party of Lincoln and the lower case gop of Trumpian knownothings!

The old school republicans (I used to be one) are either gone, or hiding so well nobody can see them. 

Even if they are still there, lurking in the darkened shadows, they are obediently following whatever their lord and master (Trump/McConnell) tell them to do.  Which makes their entire existence inconsequential.

 
 
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