Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney hit the Sunday shows to reiterate her position that former President Donald Trump is a danger to the republic. It's impossible to argue with her on this particular issue. If there is going to be a popular front to fight the GOP's crude usurpation of democracy, it's going to take people like Liz Cheney to join up. Unfortunately, there aren't many of them left in the Republican Party.
CBS News released a poll over the weekend that showed 80% of Republican voters back the GOP's decision to oust Cheney from her House leadership position. A majority of Republican voters believe she doesn't have the right message, that she isn't supportive enough of their maximum leader, and that she's wrong about the 2020 election. 34% of them believe that "disloyalty should be punished" (a phrase that sounds better in the original German.) 66% believe that being loyal to the whiny loser Trump is "important." And they are more or less split on whether the GOP strategy going forward should be to try to get more voters with policies or ideas or whether they should just change the voting rules. Seriously.
The good news is that there is a small rump, 20%, that thinks there should be room in the Republican party for different views or agree with Cheney that Trump lost the election. Unfortunately, they also happen to be the least likely to vote in the primary elections which means that only full-blown Trump cultists will be deciding who becomes the face of the GOP. Cheney's got a very heavy burden to turn any of that around.
It's clear though that there is some discomfort among certain Republican officials who jumped on the Trump train and now have to defend it. Granted, they are few and far between as most Republicans are more than happy to just flagrantly lie or openly defend the indefensible. Take for instance Andrew Clyde, the Republican congressman from Georgia who claimed in a House hearing last week that the violent mob that stormed Capitol on January 6th was not staging an insurrection and could have been mistaken for tourists:
People like Clyde do not suffer from emotions like shame or embarrassment.
But there are some who have a bit of a difficult time completely relinquishing any claim to reason or truth so they attempt to finesse their Trumpism with a rational dialog about why it's important to let bygones be bygones. One such Republican appears to be Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw. He has tried to make a reputation for himself as a "reasonable" Republican, famously appearing on Saturday Night Live to demonstrate his generous absolution for a crude joke about him that missed. He appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday and ran up against an uncharacteristically aggressive Chuck Todd. It didn't go well:
He can run but he can't hide. Crenshaw's insipid insistence that the party just has a "disagreement" about the election being met with Chuck Todd going back in his face with "there's not a disagreement about the facts so do any of your critiques come across as credible if you can't accept the fundamental fact that our democracy held a free and fair election?" is not something I ever expected to see — but it sure is welcome.
Crenshaw was spouting the party line that says Republicans want to "move on" from all of the unpleasantness over the 2020 election and the January 6th insurrection so that they can concentrate on "policy" and I'm sure many of them would love to change the subject and just quietly work on suppressing as many votes as possible without all the hoopla. But, as Todd pointed out, Donald Trump and his ecstatic followers are obsessed with "the Big Steal" and there is no escaping that fact.
Crenshaw is obviously ambitious and recognizes that this Trump folly could easily go sideways and if he plans to ascend to higher office he wants to be prepared to go in whatever direction that requires. He's from Texas so it's unlikely that his Trumpist leanings will hurt him too much. But what of Blue State Republicans who might want to run state-wide in the future?
Elise Stefanik, R-NY, the very determined congresswoman who took Cheney's place in the House leadership conference demonstrated an impressive pirouette from "moderate" to hardcore, Trumper which isn't very challenging in today's party. (They don't care about much of anything as long as you show undying fealty to their undisputed leader.) But there's another politician from New York who is making a bid for governor and is currently twisting himself into a pretzel trying to spin the other way and finesse his years of delirious Trump worship in a state Joe Biden won by 23% points.
Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island came to Congress in 2015 as a standard-issue law and order Republican New Yorker. But he became one of Trump's staunchest defenders from the moment he took office and stuck with him through thick and thin. He was a designated point man during the first impeachment, thrilling the president by calling the process a "charade" and a "clown show" and proudly becoming the congressman who spoke more in the impeachment depositions than any other Republican, at least 550 times according to NBC:
His attempts to steer the depositions away from Trump's conduct and toward a host of tangential matters— including the Biden family, a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election, and even the witnesses' own credibility — have driven counsel for multiple witnesses to their wit's end.
Zeldin stuck with the president all the way through the post-election denialism, even issuing this dark warning on January 2nd:
Of course, he also voted against certifying the election.
Zeldin is now trying to walk back his Trump sycophancy and it's almost comical. He told Newsday:
"So, you had tens of millions of people that came out and voted for each of the candidates. Their votes were counted. They're counted once, and you ended up with an outcome. And that's how President Trump, uh … President Biden became the president, was by winning the November 2020 election."
"I believe in our country and the sanctity of our process, and I'm not going to participate in calling elections illegitimate ever. This isn't a Third World country, and it will tear our country apart if we end up living our lives and calling elections in the past illegitimate."
Evidently, he thinks he will be able to convince people that there is a different Lee Zeldin out there who used to say exactly the opposite of everything he's saying now.
Will it work?
Contradicting everything you've ever said and acting as if it's perfectly normal resulted in a nice promotion for his fellow New Yorker Stefanik so who knows? Maybe GOP politics are now so surreal that you can literally reinvent yourself from one month to the next without ever being held accountable for anything. How convenient?
MADRID (Reuters) - The life of a two-month-old Spanish girl was saved by pioneering surgery when doctors transplanted a small heart that had stopped beating from a donor with a different blood type, Hospital Gregorio Maranon said on Monday.
"It was twice the magic," said Juan Miguel Gil Jaurena, head of children's cardiac surgery at the Madrid hospital, explaining that such techniques did not exist for young children three years ago and had never before been used on a baby so small.
The case opens the way to saving more infants who need heart transplants and are too young to use ventricular support devices until they get a compatible donor.
The operation was complicated because the donor was at a hospital in a different Spanish region and the heart had stopped beating for a few minutes, requiring a recovery procedure. The hospital did not disclose details about the donor.
The baby girl, Naiara, had been diagnosed with a congenital heart disease before she was born and weighed only 3.2 kilograms when the surgery was performed.
"She is the smallest baby we've had for a heart transplant, and 24 hours before the surgery her condition worsened a lot. Had she not got a heart (transplant), she would probably not be here," said Manuela Camino, head of the children's cardiac transplant unit.
Naiara is recovering at the hospital.
With 37.4 donors per million people, Spain last year was the world leader in transplants, according to the global database on donation and transplantation of the World Health Organization (WHO) handled by the Spanish Transplant Organization (ONT).
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo, editing by Inti Landauro, Andrei Khalip and Ed Osmond)
'Pathetic': Kevin McCarthy’s pro-cop ‘propaganda’ video backfires spectacularly as he continues to ignore DC Metro Officer Fanone
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) posted a video celebrating bike cops on Monday. Many noted, however, that the video comes as McCarthy and other Republicans continue to deny the seriousness of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Last week, at least three Republicans downplayed the riot or denied it altogether. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) announced that he is an insurrection denier to viewers of a House Oversight hearing, saying that those who attacked police, and trashed the Capitol were just "visitors" being "orderly" in Statuary Hall that day. Some of the attackers urinated and defecated on the floors. Clyde was one of the members with McCarthy during the bike cops event.
Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) said during the hearing that the attackers were just a "mob of misfits." Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) passed over the violence saying that "many…peacefully protested" on Jan. 6. Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) claimed "it was Trump supporters who lost their lives that day," as if that somehow made the attack on the Capitol acceptable. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) questioned how Attorney General Merrick Garland even knows that the mob was Trump supporters and not someone else.
While McCarthy came out after the Jan. 6 attack blaming former President Donald Trump, he has since changed his tune. Last week, DC Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone tried to speak with McCarthy or his office about the attack. When he called the office he said that they hung up. When that was reported, McCarthy's office called him a liar.
At the same time, McCarthy helped craft the rules for the Jan. 6 Commission, noted Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on MSNBC Sunday. Now McCarthy opposes those same rules.
The House is set for a vote for $1.9 billion spending bill to pay for repairs to the building, improvements to security and $521 million to pay for National Guard deployment during the months that followed.
The facts made it all the more curious that McCarthy would suddenly embrace police after he and his caucus were so dismissive.
See the comments from the web below:
@GOPLeader Doing a propaganda video proves this was just a photo op. Also, your refusal to meet with Officer Fanone… https://t.co/hsiCY4qNs5— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1621260422.0
@GOPLeader Except for Officer Fanone. And the one who got his head crushed in a door frame. And the dead ones whose… https://t.co/fO056Tedxt— PoliticOhMyGawd (@PoliticOhMyGawd)1621257744.0
@GOPLeader Back the Blue unless they are protecting Vice President Pence from a lynch mob?— Nebby Beulah (@Nebby Beulah)1621257619.0
Cowardly @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy is TERRIFIED to meet with Officer Fanone, because McCarthy knows that his own li… https://t.co/PM5hjPjZFi— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin)1621263631.0
@GOPLeader @ravensflockNYY Needs an edit; Except the DC police— Monique Winter 🇨🇦🇱🇺justwearthedamnmask (@Monique Winter 🇨🇦🇱🇺justwearthedamnmask)1621263631.0
@GOPLeader Here is the truth 👇👇👇 https://t.co/mfTkQWhf6r— Debbie (@Debbie)1621258120.0
@GOPLeader Why won't you meet with Officer Fanone?— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Jeff Sites for Congress)1621257444.0
@MeidasTouch @GOPLeader you have, so far, not mentioned Officer Fanone at all. I must therefore assume you only… https://t.co/CxGA5b0l3h— Matias (@Matias)1621263640.0
@GOPLeader if you REALLY believed this, you wouldn't keep blowing off meeting with Officer Fatone You have time fo… https://t.co/NNyXXg2yAw— Dana P (@Dana P)1621258056.0
@GOPLeader Do Capitol Police deserve respect? Wondering for a few dead cops from 1/6 "tourist trip"— FacelessRick (@FacelessRick)1621257880.0
@GOPLeader Thank you for your endorsement for the Jan 6th commission to investigate how 140+ officers were assaulte… https://t.co/zq29qEZjWg— Dana P (@Dana P)1621257987.0
@GOPLeader Did you respect and appreciate them on 1/6?— Tim Barron (@Tim Barron)1621257230.0
@GOPLeader If you REALLY want to "back the blue", get vaccinated... https://t.co/CG1TRGbSkB— Hugh G Merriman MD (@Hugh G Merriman MD)1621260453.0
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