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It's Primary Time
Author: BobR    Date: 04/20/2022 12:37:17

Being an even-numbered year, it's election time again (albeit for Congress and some states only). The entire House and 1/3 of the Senate is up for grabs, and the primaries are in full April mode - with all the rain, there's plenty of mud to sling around.

In the "Actions have Consequences" category, we have exhibit A from the Jan 06 insurrection - Marjorie Taylor Greene. A GA group named "Free Speech for People" has petitioned the court to block her from running for Congress, based on the 14th amendment. She tried (and failed) to get the case dismissed:
In a major blow, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) lost a bid Monday to block a constitutional challenge to her reelection over her support for last year’s U.S. Capitol riot.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg of the Northern District of Georgia denied Greene’s request for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order in the dramatic legal battle.

That means a group of Georgia voters and the nonpartisan voters rights organization Free Speech for People can presents their arguments in court that Greene should not be allowed to run for reelection because of the so-called insurrection disqualification clause of the 14th Amendment.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment bars lawmakers who, after previously taking an oath to “support the Constitution,” then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same” or gave “aid or comfort to the enemies.” The section was added after the Civil War to prohibit lawmakers from representing a government they had wanted to toppled.


(from the same article):
The reelections of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Mark Finchem, a Republican running for Arizona secretary of state, are also being challenged in court on the same constitutional grounds linked to support for the insurrection of Trump supporters.

A similar action against Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) failed.

Speaking of Cawthorn, after his "coke-fueled sex party" controversy, he now has a leaked staffer interview to worry about:
A former district staff member for Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) is accusing him of improperly firing her after denying her family and medical leave, allegations the lawmaker and his office have vehemently denied.

At one point during the call, Lisa Wiggins, who was a caseworker for the 26-year-old first-term representative in his district office for over a year, described that office as having “more liquor bottles than they do water bottles.”

Cawthorn is being challenged in the primary by retired Army Col. Rod Honeycutt. I don't know if that would be an improvement, but it could hardly be worse.

On the Senate side, we have terrible human Ron Johnson (R-WI) who is running again, despite previously claiming he wouldn't. His campaign is about what you'd expect:
Ron Johnson’s approval ratings are underwater in a swing state that President Joe Biden won.

Instead of moving to the center, though, as he faces reelection this fall, the Wisconsin senator has become the face of conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and the 2020 election in the Senate. He has said that gargling mouthwash can kill the coronavirus, Jan. 6 was a mostly “peaceful protest,” and unvaccinated people around the world are being sent “basically into internment camps.”

For a vulnerable senator staring down a tough campaign, the string of head-turning remarks seem to defy political logic. But it turns out that Johnson’s shoot-from-the-lip style is a feature, not a bug, of his campaign for a third term.
Democrats view the race as a top opportunity to pick up a Republican-held seat. After nearly a dozen years in the Senate, they think they can pierce Johnson’s image as an outsider businessman. In fact, they think it’s already been popped: Johnson is viewed unfavorably by 45 percent of voters, compared to 33 percent who see him favorably, according to the recent Marquette poll. Twenty-one percent said they hadn’t heard enough about Johnson or didn’t know.

There will always be a group of die-hard TFG acolytes, who will go to their graves proclaiming he was the best president ever, and the election was rigged, blah, blah, blah... I have to think, however, that there is a wide swath of voters who initially supported TFG have grown weary of the nonsense, and want adults back in charge. The common wisdom is that the mid-term elections are a referendum on the popularity of the president, but I think it will also be a referendum on the fatigue from the former one.

4 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2022 14:26:39 by BobR)
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Comment by wickedpam on 04/20/2022 13:28:53

Comment by Raine on 04/20/2022 13:33:48
Good Morning.

among the many issues I have with these people is that they REALLY don't want to do the job of governance.

Garbage people one and all.

Comment by Will_in_LA on 04/20/2022 13:45:53
Good morning, bloggers!!!!

The GOP is not truly offering policy to improve people's lives but merely voicing opposition. Indeed, their stand reminds me of the following song:

Comment by BobR on 04/20/2022 14:26:39
Quote by Will_in_LA:
Good morning, bloggers!!!!

The GOP is not truly offering policy to improve people's lives but merely voicing opposition. Indeed, their stand reminds me of the following song:

I've got this one on speed dial