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Conservative reveals the sad lengths GOP lawmakers will pursue so voters think they're 'important people'
In her column for the Washington Post, conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin lambasted Republican lawmakers for degrading themselves and parroting whatever "nonsense" Donald Trump comes up, saying their desire to thought of as "important" overrides any sense of self-respect.
Noting that GOP lawmakers would rather toe the Trump line than help out voters in their districts or states, Rubin called them out for giving up on doing their jobs.
"This sorry sight is unsurprising given that Republicans have all but given up on the notion of governance," she wrote before charging, "At the national level, they consume themselves with race-baiting (e.g., scaring Americans about immigration and critical race theory), assailing private companies (e.g., corporations that defend voting rights, social media platforms, book publishers) and perpetrating the most ludicrous and dangerous lie in memory — that the 2020 election was stolen."
Getting to the root of the matter, Rubin suggested that Republicans holding office aren't in the business of governing -- they're in the business of landing the job and all that comes with it and then clutching desperately to their positions of power for as long as they can.
"One might wonder from time to time why Republicans even bother running for election. Because they have so little interest in governing (other than in protecting tax cuts for the rich, shielding the gun lobby from reasonable regulation and dictating women's reproductive choices), they might as well take on the role of social media trolls and right-wing media guests full-time," she wrote. "In truth, a great many Republicans simply like to be 'important people' with the perks of holding office. It seems the notion of finding other work causes them to break out in a cold sweat, so they adopt insane MAGA positions so as not to offend the mob they helped rile up."
"Certainly, there are true believers who believe Trumpian rubbish and take right-wing TV hosts' conspiracies as gospel, but they are a distinct minority," she admitted. "Time and again, we hear from Republican dissenters that most of their colleagues do not really believe the MAGA party lies; what they believe in is the necessity of their own reelection."
According to the conservative columnist who turned against the Republican Party due to Donald Trump -- GOP lawmakers are handing Democrats the weapon they need to beat them at the polls.
"Democrats should be more blunt in castigating Republicans who are not even trying to serve their constituents. They should say it often and simply: Republicans have little to notion to offer anyone but the very rich. They rely on scaring and enraging their base both to distract from their lack of interest in governing and to goad supporters to turn out to defeat Democrats. And now, they want to make it harder for critics to vote them out of office," she wrote before adding, "What a racket."
You can read the whole piece here.
Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday defended lies about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and vowed to "keep telling the truth."
During an interview with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bartiromo presented a list of what she called the "biggest lies."
The list of "lies" included right-wing talking points like "the Russia hoax," "Hunter Biden's laptop" and the "armed insurrection" of Jan. 6
"Armed insurrection is what Nancy Pelosi keeps calling Jan. 6, Senator," Bartiromo told Johnson. "How many guns were actually taken up on that day since she says it was armed?"
"They always talk about thousands of armed insurrectionists," Johnson complained. "I asked the FBI witness. Not one gun was recovered either in the Capitol or on the Capitol grounds, according to the FBI witness. So that's just one of the latest big lies."
Bartiromo took the opportunity to defend her show's record on reporting the "truth."
"I am so incredibly proud of this team on Sunday Morning Futures and of working alongside you," the Fox News host said. "We have been telling every story. We've been on the right side of it for seven years going. I've been trashed every day along the way."
"Keep trashing me!" she exclaimed. "I'll keep telling the truth."
Earlier this year, Politifact gave Johnson a "pants on fire" rating for claiming that the attack on the capitol was not an armed insurrection.
"Police stopped only a fraction of the violent protestors Jan. 6, but we still know of guns and explosives seized in and around the Capitol. And we know rioters brought knives, brass knuckles a stun gun, and other weapons," Politifact reported. "Just as notable, video plainly shows the mob using all manner of makeshift weapons to attack police and force their way in, including hockey sticks, flagpoles, fire extinguishers, and a police shield stolen from an officer."
Bartiromo was also forced to air a correction after suggesting that voting machines had been used to steal the 2020 election from then-President Donald Trump.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
'Half-baked': Greg Abbott scorched by major Texas paper for 'ludicrous' plan to finish Trump's border wall
Calling his plans to complete the building of Donald Trump's border wall "ludicrous," the editorial board of the Austin -American Statesman hammered Gov. Greg Abbott in a biting editorial on Sunday morning.
Abbott, who has taken to signing high-profile executive orders aimed at rallying conservative voters in his state, recently announced plans to finish the wall that was begun by Trump with the promise that Mexico would pay for it.
With President Joe Biden pulling the plug of finishing the wall that Trump started by shuffling money away from the Pentagon, Abbott proposed raising money to finish the job with a scheme that the paper's editorial board bluntly called "a half-baked, Go-Fund-Me effort that should make all Texans cringe."
Noting that the governor is doing nothing about the state's power grid problems that led to deaths from a killing freeze last winter and now energy outages as the state bakes from a heatwave, the editorial called out, "Abbott's acts of political theater at the border, advancing his 2022 reelection bid and possible White House aspirations."
"Although he is inviting private donations for the wall, the governor is using real taxpayer money — moving $250 million out of the state prison budget — to get the ball rolling, starting with hiring a project manager," the paper reported. "And while Abbott says he wants to work with Texans eager to donate their land for a border wall, many landowners along the border have fought such a project for years — meaning Texas would face years of expensive litigation if it tried to make a border wall a reality."
Citing the many problems with getting the wall finished -- including building it on land that is privately owned -- the editors pointed out, "Trump never understood any of that. But the governor of Texas does."
"Instead of biting at Biden's heels with a rival plan for border security, Abbott should be tending to the needs of Texans. We have a power grid that failed in February, killing hundreds of Texans, and even now the grid struggles to meet the state's energy demands. We have the nation's highest rate and largest number of people without health insurance. We have a network of highways, dams and levees that earned 'D' grades in this year's infrastructure report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers," the editors charged before concluding., "The governor should focus on those problems, and the needs of all Texans, instead of propping up his political ambitions with a wasteful border wall."
You can read the whole op-ed here.
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