Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Nuts To You

Oh, so the Republicans are finally figuring out that they have some whackjobs in their midst.

A growing number of Republicans took sides Tuesday in a brewing House battle over the shape of the GOP after the Donald Trump presidency, amplifying pressure on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as he decides this week whether to sideline conspiracy theorists and secure a place for anti-Trump voices in party leadership.

Leading the charge was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who made an unusual detour into the other chamber’s affairs by denouncing the extremist rhetoric of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene while offering a gesture of support for Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House GOP leader, who voted last month to impeach Trump.

He was joined Tuesday by several other Republican lawmakers, as well as pillars of the conservative establishment, who together warned that sidelining Trump critics from the party while tolerating purveyors of social-media-driven paranoia would spell long-term disaster — a “cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” as McConnell put it.

Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), a McConnell confidant who recently ended a stint as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Greene “nutty” and “an embarrassment to our party.”

“The people of her congressional district, it’s their prerogative if they want to abase themselves by voting to elect someone who indulges in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and all manner of other nonsense. But I’ve got no tolerance for people like that,” he told reporters. “In terms of the divisions within our party, she’s not even part of the conversation, as far as I’m concerned.”

Funny how they were pretty much silent when she and the others of that ilk, including the Ammosexual from Colorado, Lauren Boebert, were running for office. Trump himself supported them. And it’s not like they haven’t had their share of bug-eyed crazies before, going back to Michele Bachmann, Steve King (the congresscritter from Iowa, not the writer), and Louie “Aspersion Asparagus” Gohmert. Up to now they were happy to let them scream and holler from out in the yard. But now the crazies are at their doorstep and going after them and their friends such as Liz Cheney.

You asked for it, you got it.