Republicans in a muddle! The Grand Omnishambles Party! Gipper Madness! Whatever moniker we eventually settle on to describe the chaos inside today's GOP, it's clear we can now retire that old cliche that "Dems fall in love, Republicans fall in line." We coalesced behind a centrist candidate and took back all three branches, and they're tearing themselves apart in a cult frenzy over "the weird worship of one dude."

Ummmmm, okay.

Last week, the Wyoming Republican Party voted to censure Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach former President Trump, and yesterday the Louisiana, North Carolina, and Nebraska parties moved to do the same to Senators Bill Cassidy, Richard Burr, and Ben Sasse.

"I voted to convict former President Trump because he is guilty. That's what the facts demand," Cassidy wrote in the Baton Rouge Advocate. "I have no illusions that this is a popular decision. I made this decision because Americans should not be fed lies about 'massive election fraud.' Police should not be left to the mercy of a mob. Mobs should not be inflamed to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power."

Nonetheless, within hours of casting his vote, the Louisiana GOP voted unanimously to censure him. Yes, that would be the same party that refused to censure former KKK grand wizard David Duke in 1989 when he was a state rep. Only the best people!

Cassidy and Sasse were just re-elected, so they've got six years to ride this thing out. Meanwhile Burr and Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey are both retiring, which may have freed them up to vote against the pro-Trump mob.

"I do not make this decision lightly, but I believe it is necessary," Burr wrote on his official website. "By what he did and by what he did not do, President Trump violated his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." For which his state party will meet today to decide whether to punish him.

The GOP is now declaring seven senators, i.e. 14 percent of its Senate caucus, to be apostates, with House Freedom Caucus members taking potshots at them on the daily.

"The truth is that the establishment in both political parties have teamed up to screw our fellow Americans for generations," Florida Man Rep. Matt Gaetz said last month on his field trip to Wyoming to fling poo at Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach. "The private insider club of Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney, they want to return our government to its default setting: enriching them."

Which is the entirely predictable result of Republicans gerrymandering themselves into a gazillion 55-45 districts where they never need to earn a single Democratic vote, so that whichever Republican out-crazies the pack in the primary goes to DC. Of course you wind up with lunatics like Marjorie Taylor Greene fragging Mitch McConnell; she's going to get re-elected until the Georgia GOP decides to redistrict her out, so what the hell does she care about the national party?

It is in this environment that Ol' Yertle is trying to take the Senate back in 2022.

"My goal is, in every way possible, to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win in November. Some of them may be people the former president likes. Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability," he told Politico, adding later, "I'm not predicting the president would support people who couldn't win. But I do think electability — not who supports who — is the critical point."

Is it, though? Does McConnell think he's going to be able to stop Lara Trump from getting the nomination if she decides to run for Burr's seat in North Carolina? Or if Ivanka decides she wants to primary Marco Rubio? Or if that loon Kelli Ward decides to run against Mark Kelly in Arizona and gets Trump's endorsement because she got her state party to censure Cindy McCain and Jeff Flake?

After voting to acquit Trump on Saturday, McConnell gave a speech describing him as "practically and morally responsible" for the Capitol riot. The Senate minority leader is desperately trying to steer his party away from the cult of one deplatformed dipshit who managed to lose control of the House, Senate, and White House. But McConnell is dogged on every side by wingnuts who've happily hitched their wagons to a demagogue.

"A lot of people are frustrated with his comments. I'm not going to sugarcoat it," House Freedom Caucus leader Andy Biggs told Politico. "The fact [Trump] is no longer in the White House does not mean he is not the leader of the movement he started four or five years ago."

Dems in disarray, right? Yeah, hardly.

[Politico / Politico]

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