State GOPs Putting All Of Their Eggs In Tin Foil Baskets
Now that Trump is officially gone (well, unless you ask the very devoted conspiracy theorists who are sure he'll be resuming his tenure as President of the United States on March 4), there has been a lot of speculation about where the Republican Party goes from here. Do they go back to being the dogwhistling country club conservatives of yore, or do they continue being the party of Trump, Qanon, insurrection and general batshittery? It's a tough choice — especially since some are very scared that Trump is going to start his own third party, in order to punish all who have defied him in this plan to overturn a free and fair election and maybe start a coup.
Thus, some have already begun their pandering. In Arizona, the state GOP has "censured" John McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, for having "condemned President Trump for his criticism of her husband and erroneously placed behaviors over actual presidential results." Yeah. She's not allowed to condemn Trump, but Trump was apparently allowed to say all kinds of horrible things about her husband. Said "censuring" will not actually do anything or have any effect whatsoever on her life, and she seems to be okay with that.
It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well...and wh… https://t.co/U1TSSrEDSJ— Cindy McCain (@Cindy McCain)1611455872.0
Also censured were former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey, neither of whom appear to give a shit. The vote to censure the three dissidents came after the re-election of Trump acolyte and enemy to chemtrails everywhere, Kelli Ward. So it's clear what direction they're headed in.
In Wyoming, the Carbon County Republican Party unanimously voted to censure Liz Cheney following her announcement of her plans to vote in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.
Via Oil City News:
The resolution claims "Rep. Cheney ignored and violated caucus rules by disclosing her intent to join the Democrat U.S. House of Representatives with no formal hearing held, no quantifiable evidence presented, no witnesses sworn to give testimony and no right to cross examine accusers provided; and Rep. Cheney ignored and violated caucus rules by disclosing her intent to join the Democrat Party's proposed move to vote for impeachment to the media prior to having any evidence presented to the body…"
The resolution also stated, "the voters of Wyoming expressed their will, their values, and their stated preferences in re-electing President Donald J. Trump by a larger margin, and in greater numbers, than those who re-elected Representative Cheney."
"Rep. Cheney has violated the trust of her voters, failed to faithfully represent a very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters, and neglected her duty to represent the party and the will of the people who elected her to represent them," the party's resolution stated.
I have no commentary on this as it is my personal policy to never do a "you gotta give it to" to a Cheney.
Meanwhile, over in Texas, their State GOP announced their new profile on Gab, the preferred social network of white supremacists everywhere.
They also premiered their new QAnon-friendly slogan "We Are The Storm."
Texas is not the only state trying to win over the QAnon people — the Hawaii GOP tweeted and deleted a thread about how the QAnon stuff is fictional but that belief in it was motivated by patriotism.
We should make it abundantly clear — the people who subscribed to the Q fiction, were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America. Patriotism and love of country should never be ridiculed.
Let us remind you that these people actually believed that, other than Donald Trump, basically every political official was out there eating babies for Satan, and that they were being led in this by actor Tom Hanks and that the United States was in the business of child sex trafficking (again, for Satan). Many of them attempted an actual coup. That's not really "patriotism." I think it's fair to say that many of them feel as though they are the truest of America-loving patriots, they are actually fair weather fans who only like America's first album and despise the vast majority of those who currently live here.
While the Hawaii GOP deleted that whole thread, they kept several others up — including one suggesting that people go to Gab, and another suggesting that people follow Tarl Warwick, aka "Styxhexenhammer666" on Twitter.
Content warning @Styx666Official has an edgy name and frequently uses profanity - his commentary and analysis is generally high quality. It is is good to periodically step outside the "bubble" of corporate commentators for additional perspective.
Yes, their issue with Styxhexenhammer666 is that he swears sometimes, not that he has a history of Holocaust denialism. Priorities!
So yeah. While Trump is gone, Trumpism has not yet been defeated, and will likely be around just as long as it remains a solid election strategy. So that'll be fun. And speaking of fun things, this is now your open thread. Enjoy!
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