In an era where fake news runs rampant, what seems more ridiculous than just about any fake news story that right wingers run with and scream about on social media is the idea that not too many years ago, Kevin McCarthy was seen as a bright and upcoming politician who had a new vision for the GOP.
Now, he’s hated by most of that party’s voters, his own leadership that twists his arm on everything, and his ideas are the same plays that the GOP has been trying since Social Security became a thing. Being evil or dumb aren’t necessarily traits that turn you off to Republican voters – if that hasn’t been obvious for the last decade, but appearing weak before your voters is the ultimate sin – as McCarthy presides over probably the most demented Republican House majority in decades.
Per usual, Republicans have threatened to cut people off of food benefits who need it the most in order to balance the budget, knowing this will do little to actually balance it. McCarthy knows this measure will be dead on arrival in the Senate, so he’s hoping for Democrats to at least look like they’re desperate for some kind of deal.
The opposite happened – as John Fetterman, who just returned for work openly declared that the GOP won’t be cutting SNAP benefits while giving their donors tax cuts on his watch. The message is clear – not only are Republicans cruel for the sake of it, but they’re also weak and inept – and Democrats like Fetterman know it. Let’s show them the door in 2024.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making