“I’m not switching horses”

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Almost 20 years ago, GEICO launched its “GEICO Caveman“ commercials, in which the company’s insensitivity to the “fact” that cavemen are intelligent, sophisticated members of modern society is humorously exposed. In one of the spots, a GEICO spokesman hosts an apology dinner, at which a resentful caveman suggests, “Yeah, maybe next time, do a little research.”

Republican Don Bolduc followed this sarcastic advice recently with Trump’s Big Lie—or so he wants the people of New Hampshire to believe. A mere two days after winning the primary for the GOP Senate nomination, Bolduc told Fox News he has “done a lot of research” and now concludes “the election was not stolen.” For good measure, Bolduc added that “I want to be definitive on this.”

The problem is, Bolduc had long been a stubborn adherent and promoter of Big Lie orthodoxy. In May 2021, Bolduc, a retired Army general, signed an open letter with other retired generals and admirals claiming the 2020 election was illegitimate. Just last month, aiming to stay to the right of the other Republicans on stage, Bolduc doubled down. “Damn it, I stand by my letter!” he exclaimed to thunderous applause. “I’m not switching horses, baby. This is it!”

Grabbing the reins of his new horse so soon after clinching the GOP nomination, Bolduc rationalized his outrageously abrupt show of hypocrisy by telling Fox News, “We, you know, live and learn. Right?” Translation: Bolduc learned what was needed to win the primary and now learned what is needed to win the general, and he’s shape-shifting accordingly—policy, morality, and consistency be damned. The latest Granite State Poll, released Thursday, shows Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan leading Bolduc by 8 points among likely voters, with 49% support compared to 41%, as Bolduc scrambles to fight an uphill battle.

   

I recently wrote about how a growing number of GOP candidates are abandoning their extreme positions on abortion in the hope of being victorious in the midterms. While there are plenty of Republicans who truly believe in the medieval excrement their party is espousing, several Republicans are reveling themselves to be brazen moral chameleons, eager to hop on and off whichever bandwagon they think will get them closer to the power they seek. Let’s all use the power of our votes to reject the Republican Party and all their nonsense this November.

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