[guest post by Dana]
A New York Times report looks at what took place in the Republican conference in the aftermath of Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump. I just have to say, Republican men, this is a very bad look for you:
…Cheney went on, she was “deeply, deeply concerned about where our party is headed.” Its core principles — limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense — were being overshadowed by darker forces. “We cannot become the party of QAnon,” she said. “We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy. We all watched in horror what happened on Jan. 6.”
Cheney, alone among House Republicans, had been mentioned by Trump in his speech that day. “The Liz Cheneys of the world, we got to get rid of them,” he told his supporters at the Ellipse shortly before they overran the Capitol. The president had been infuriated by Cheney’s public insistence that Trump’s court challenges to state election results were unpersuasive and that he needed to respect “the sanctity of our electoral process.”
Less than an hour later, a mob was banging against the doors of the House chamber.
In the conference meeting, Cheney said that she stood by her vote to impeach Trump. Several members had asked her to apologize, but, she said, “I cannot do that.”
The line to the microphone was extraordinarily long. At least half of the speakers indicated that they would vote to remove Cheney. Ralph Norman of South Carolina expressed disappointment in her vote. “But the other thing that bothers me, Liz,” he went on, “is your attitude. You’ve got a defiant attitude.” John Rutherford of Florida, a former sheriff, accused the chairwoman of not being a “team player.”
Likening the situation to a football game, Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania lamented, “You look up into the stands and see your girlfriend on the opposition’s side — that’s one hell of a tough thing to swallow.”
“The conference voted to keep Liz in that position because we’ve got bigger fish to fry — fighting the Democrats, winning the next election — and this is a distraction from all that,” Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, who voted against Cheney in the meeting, later told me. But, he added, “I think there’s a huge disconnect with Liz and some others in the conference and the American people. She did have a conservative record. But then she became almost a Never Trumper. And I’ve been disappointed in her lack of humility. It’s struck a lot of people as not only odd, but just as — wow.”
Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania said that Cheney had “a low E.Q.,” or emotional quotient.
In other words, as one congressman put it when he was leaving the conference:
“I just got to spend four hours listening to a bunch of men complain to a woman that she doesn’t take their emotions into account.”
It’s ironic that these men complained about a female colleague’s alleged defiance, lack of humility, low emotional quotient, and that she wasn’t a team player when all of these qualities very accurately describe…Trump. Talk about a huge disconnect! Talk about a just wow! moment. Talk about some sexist bullshit!
Anyway, Republican men, this patronizing, paternalistic pouting is very unflattering and is not doing you nor the Party any favors. You look like a bunch of emotionally devastated middle-school girls who got dumped by someone they imagined was their boyfriend but never was. In other words, it’s immature and you should grow up.
Given that the Republican president lost his re-election bid, the Party controls neither the executive nor legislative branch, and a female congresswoman was taken to the woodshed for daring to choose loyalty to the Constitution over loyalty to the president, these whiny congressmen demonstrate the current weakened state of the Republican Party. It really makes you wonder about how a once-viable and influential political party could ever again even remotely consider hitching its wagon to, well, a loser. But after reading the drivel from these yahoos, sad to say, I get it.