As midterm season approaches, the Republicans have decided to infight rather than rally around a winning message to take back Congress. You could argue that it’s a winning message for some of their voters – as they’re promising to do things like criminally investigate Dr. Anthony Fauci – refueling the former guy’s grudge against him and his advice or to impeach Vice President Harris for some reason. While these are fairly absurd on their face, what’s obvious is that the GOP is prepared to obstruct anything and everything proposed by the Biden administration and are almost certain to push for shutdowns at every opportunity. It also doesn’t help that the craziest known House Republicans like Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz are swearing to make themselves the face of the next congress if they win.
It would be one thing for Democrats to run on the platform that all Republicans need to take a stand on how the America First crowd is despicable – whether they like them or not. However, the GOP is doubling down on this look with the current fight among party leadership. Not only were Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger both censured by their party for taking the correct stance on the events of January 6, the party is now lockstep in blaming the source of their problems on…RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel who thought lying about the insurrection was a good idea. Instead of the former guy, who has become as much of an avatar of the party as Ronald Reagan used to be, Mitt Romney’s niece has taken the fall – with even her uncle not saying the most flattering things about her.
“It could not have been a more inappropriate message,” said Romney. “Anything that my party does that comes across as being stupid is not going to help us.” Of course, the GOP wants to keep shifting the blame in order to take power without accepting responsibility – but this is an opportune moment for the Democrats to assert that the insurrection is still a part of the conversation. Force the issue and keep the GOP divided so the public sees them as unfit to govern and we can keep them from taking power in 2023.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making