Now that the dust has settled over the 2022 midterm elections, it’s obvious that the GOP seriously miscalculated the mindset of the American people. This crop of fascist bullies scares everyone. The Republicans trotted out candidates who were some of the sorriest, scariest, most ignorant, unprepared, and downright stupid motherfuckers in American politics. But when the Supremes overturned Roe v Wade, they handed the Dems a ready made issue. Women will not stand for being told what they can and cannot do with their bodies, and they showed it in this election. God willing, they will continue to flex their muscles, Once the new Congress is seated, members like the pedofile, Jim “You boys enjoy the showers” Jordan, and the angry half-wit, Marjorie Taylor Greene, will be on the attack. We need to be prepared for that. We’re the minority in the House for now, it’s true, but the GOP’s majority is so slim that Democrats will be able to make their lives miserable every day. Some of the Republicans can be flipped to our side on certain issues. Many of them are embarrassed to have supported Trump and are anxious to distance themselves from the stench of treason.
Predictably, Trump proved unable to put the ERECTION back into INSURRECTION, and most of his handpicked candidates were defeated. Except for the mouth breathers in MAGA, Trump’s whining tirades have worn thin. He has now become a liability as an endorser of candidates, not to mention sliding more deeply into pathetic caricature. He’ll keep making noises because his ego won’t allow him to let go, but he’ll quickly devolve into a graceless and strident has been. Authoritarian clowns come and go. Trump’ll be lucky to avoid the fate of some of his historical predecessors.
Programming note: if you haven’t listened to Rachel Maddow’s new ULTRA podcast, take the time to do it. It’s an 8-part series about a plot to overthrow the American government in the 1930s. Before and during WWII, there were many ardent sympathizers to Germany and Adolph Hitler in America. I grew up seeing it. Several right-wing groups, including members of the House of Representatives and Senate, abrogated their oaths of office and worked hand-in-hand with Nazi spies to overthrow America’s democracy and constitution to establish an autocratic government in the image of Hitler’s. Hatred of jews and minorities figured largely in their philosophy, and many espoused their cause loudly and publicly. The parallels between then and now will make your hair stand up. Rachel’s keen grasp of history makes it worth listening to.