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Author: BobR    Date: 02/01/2023 13:58:29

A lot of comedy has been made of House Rep. George Santos (if that's his real name), and all the lies he's told. It's disgusting that Republicans will take anyone in their ranks, so long as it gives them a foothold in the power structure.

Considering that Democrats pushed Al Franken out of the Senate for a goofy photo taken long before he took office (when he was doing the hard work of supporting our troops in the Middle East), it's galling that a man being pursued for check kiting by Brazil is protected by the Republican power structure. They even gave him a seat in two committees, knowing this.

Now the story is that Santos is "stepping down" voluntarily:
Fellow New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik told reporters that Santos informed members of the GOP Conference during a closed-door meeting about his decision to step aside, admitting he has become a distraction amid the scandal triggered by the serial lies he told about his biography.

The real story is a little different. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the three-toed-sloth behind the throne, accidentally let slip that Santos was actually forced out of his committee assignments because he'd become a distraction:
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Tuesday said far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) had “let the truth slip about what really motivated” serial liar Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) to step down from his House committee assignments.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “tried to make it seem like stepping down was entirely Santos’ idea and that it was just about the ongoing investigations into his campaign finances,” noted Hayes.

Hayes then broadcast footage of Greene saying: “He just felt like that there was so much drama, really, over the situation, and especially what we’re doing to work to remove (Minnesota Democratic Rep.) Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.”

McCarthy has already purged Shiff (D-CA) and Swalwell (D-CA) from committees in an act of revenge for Democrats pushing MTG and QAnon Barbie Boebert (R-CO) from their committee assignments after their involvement in the Jan 06 seditious coup became clear. Now he also wants to remove Omar, claiming she's "anti-American".

I don't know what version of America lives inside of McCarthy's head, but it doesn't resemble the one the founding fathers envisioned. Craven political revenge is not governing.

4 comments (Latest Comment: 02/01/2023 15:14:17 by Scoopster)
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