In addition to everything else they are, the one consistent theme with Republicans these days is that they’re idiots. I don’t say that because I dislike them, or because I dislike what they stand for. Those are separate things. Today’s Republicans in the post-Trump era are, objectively speaking, extraordinarily inept and just plain bad at everything they try to do.
On Tuesday we saw Matt Gaetz leave a printed resolution to oust Kevin McCarthy in the bathroom, where a reporter found it. So either Gaetz is stupid enough to leave the most important document of his professional career in the bathroom by accident, or he’s too stupid to think of a more efficient method for trying to leak things to the media. But now another House Republican has managed to top Gaetz in that department.
House Republican Ralph Norman voted in favor of advancing the short term budget bill, only to then turn around and admit that he did so by mistake, and he had meant to vote against it. It wasn’t the deciding vote, so it doesn’t matter in terms of math. But it’s the latest example of these Republicans having no idea what they’re doing.
House Republicans clearly don’t currently have the votes to pull off a government shutdown, no matter how loudly they claim they do. They’re hoping that by pitching a shutdown as a done deal, the general public will roll over and accept it as inevitable, and it’ll allow them to find the votes they need within their caucus. But when the headlines are that the Republicans are leaving key documents in the bathroom and voting the wrong way by mistake, it makes it a lot harder for them to get the narrative out there that they want. Instead the narrative is that Republicans are simply idiots.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report