Thursday, July 2, 2020

If You’re Gonna Go…

All the signs, tea leaves and all, point to a hammering defeat of both Trump and the GOP in November.  Of course the election is still four months away — a geological age in campaigns — but it looks more like a wave or a landslide against the Republicans to the point that even Mitch McConnell is going against Trump and wearing a mask.  It’s to prevent the spread of Covid-19, of course, but it also may be so that he can slip by unnoticed.

Then again, the RNC and the House Republicans seem to think that if they’re going to go down, they’re going to do it in blaze of flaming wreckage like the Hindenburg landing on fireworks factory.  So they’re embracing all the nutty candidates that the right wing can throw at the wall and see what oozes out.

Republican leaders stood by the upset winner of the GOP primary in a competitive House seat despite the gun rights activist’s openness to the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, overseen by top GOP leaders, embraced Lauren Boebert as their nominee Wednesday following her defeat of five-term Rep. Scott R. Tipton (R-Colo.), whom she characterized during the campaign as insufficiently supportive of President Trump.

“Lauren won her primary fair and square and has our support. This is a Republican seat and will remain a Republican seat as Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to peddle their radical conspiracy theories and pushing their radical cancel culture,” Rep. Tom Emmer (Minn.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement.

Boebert is the ninth individual to win the Republican nomination for a seat in the House or Senate who is either a full supporter of the QAnon movement or has voiced support for some of its tenets, none of which have a foundation in truth. Conspiracy theory experts consider it a webbed network filled with activists who wrongly believe a secret group of elites inside of and outside of government is working against Trump, as well as other false allegations of pedophilia among top Democratic officials.

“Everything I’ve heard of Q — I hope this is real,” Boebert told the QAnon-aligned Web interview show “Steel Truth” last month. “Because it only means America is getting stronger and better and people are returning to conservative values.”

Q is how the conspiracy theorists refer to the leader of their movement, although they do not know who it is or even if Q is one person or many people.

For weeks, as these fringe candidates won nominations, Republicans tried to dodge the issue, believing most of these candidates would not raise much money and lose in heavily liberal districts.

But Boebert’s victory comes in a district Tipton won with just 52 percent of the vote in 2018. Democrats, who renominated former state representative Diane Mitsch Bush, held the seat as recently as 2010 and have signaled new interest in competing against the inexperienced GOP nominee.

“Not even multiple endorsements from President Trump could save Congressman Scott R. Tipton from his extreme, QAnon caucus challenger. Washington Republicans should immediately disavow Lauren Boebert and her extremist, dangerous conspiracy theories,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), chairwoman of the House Democrats campaign arm, said in a statement Tuesday night.

Most prominent Republicans stayed silent on the trend of conspiracy theory-supporting nominees running under the GOP’s banner, but the 2012 Republican presidential nominee expressed concern that the party’s voters were swimming in these political waters.

There are a few Republicans who are unsettled by this movement — Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is “worried” — but he’s sure the party will “remain steady” despite the occasional “departure.” Yeah, like Trump. How’d that work out for you, Senator?

I’m not quite convinced that the people of western Colorado will flip the seat to the Democrats, so Ms. Boebert will replace the likes of Steve King of Iowa and Michele Bachmann and squeeze into the clown car with Louis Goemert and Matt Gaetz: noisy, obnoxious, full-on whack-job.  But it’s a sign of desperation on the part of the Republicans. They’re grasping at any straw they can find to hang a claw on power, and if they were willing to back the likes of Trump on a national level, they might as well do in on the local level. If anything has been proven over the last four years, they know how to commit arson even if they’re lighting themselves on fire.

2 barks and woofs on “If You’re Gonna Go…

  1. You probably already know this but her restaurant is called Shooters Range, the wait staff all carry firearms, and it’s located in Rifle, Colorado. Seriously. (I lived in Colorado for several years and my impression was always that Rifle was simply taken as the name of the community, without any political overtones.)
    But also seriously, I wonder how many people outside of the Fox News base are really persuaded any more by this “radical” boilerplate from Republicans.

  2. I too lived in Colorado, and it’s another one of those states where the tend-to-be Democratic population centers like Denver and the surrounding communities outweigh the hard-core right-wingers down in Colorado Springs and the Western Slope by sheer numbers. Washington State is like that with Seattle tipping the rest of the state to the left, or Michigan with Detroit, and Florida with South Florida.

    I’ve been to Rifle. Nice town.

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