Charlie Pierce has it in for the leftovers of Trumpism, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal.
Self-abasement is a hard habit to break. As El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago’s time in office runs out, the habits of sycophancy, while lacking a focus, are still very active among some prominent Republicans. Take, for example, Senator Marco Rubio, somebody who certainly has plans for the future. As was the case with everyone who ran against the president* in 2016, Rubio fell into slavish harness almost immediately. On Tuesday, Rubio showed that his taste for the yoke remains undiminished.
Biden’s cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline. I support American greatness. And I have no interest in returning to the ‘normal’ that left us dependent on China.
Good for you, Mighty Mouse. That is a very Trumpist pronouncement on an administration that is still two months away from taking over. The sneering at “Ivy League schools” and “the right conferences” is the polite cousin to all those anti-science, anti-expert punchlines that the superspreader crowds sucked up like virus-laden air. And, considering his fealty to the current administration*, Rubio should take a seat on talking about “America’s decline” and “American greatness.”
And then, lo and behold, from the back rows of the peanut gallery on the electric Twitter machine, the Undead shared some thoughts.
.@GavinNewsom attends bday dinner for lobbyist friend and sends children to private in person school; Brooklyn Dems attend bday dinner; @SpeakerPelosi gets hair cut at salon same night she criticizes Trump for going maskless; Dems crack down on church services not anti-police protests; CA leges fly to Hawaii for lobbyist-sponsored conference. When caught, Pelosi cancels dinner for new members & @NYGovCuomo cancels Thanksgiving plans. Hypocrisy undermines these politicians’ severe restrictions for the rest of us.
Good Lord, of all the Not Happening Men of the GOP, this guy is one of the most Not Happening of them all. But, in the fulminations of both of these pieces of sadly warped presidential timber, you see the Republican Party’s basic problem. They no longer have the person of Donald Trump to whom they can suck up. But they still have to polish the knob of Trumpism. They can gussy it up with Bible verses and deliver it bilingually. They can smile while they pitch it, or ooze sadness for our nation’s lost glories. But, ultimately, it’s all sneering and posturing and Owning The Libs. If they have been nothing else, the last four years have been clarifying on this one point: Trumpism is all they have left.
Need I point out to Mr. Rubio that a good deal of the majority of Trump’s cabinet also attended Ivy League schools and, according to their Dear Leader, he hired only “the best people.”
Fred Hiatt at the Washington Post is a bit more generous to the senior senator from Florida — at least refraining from ad hominem attacks on his stature — but reminding us that he has spent the last four years “excusing and supporting a president who fawned over North Korea’s odious dictator, encouraged China’s ruling tyrant to build his concentration camps, took the word of Russia’s strongman over U.S. intelligence agencies and celebrated the Saudi despot who orchestrated the dismemberment of a dissident journalist.”
Rubio has yet to acknowledge that Trump lost the election and basically setting himself up to wage war and raise money for his re-election effort here in Florida by being the yapping little chihuahua behind the neighbor’s fence: annoying but eventually inconsequential to the overall body politic. The country is basically exhausted from the noise and the screaming hypocrisy.
To put it succinctly, unless you have something constructive to say, shut the hell up.