Quote of the Day: Masters and Peasants

 

“Take your pick of the many self-induced Biden disasters, among them hyperinflation, unaffordable gasoline, out-of-control crime, and foreign-policy humiliations. But one reason why voters are furious is rarely expressed. Americans feel that ordinary citizens like themselves who follow the rules are treated more harshly by their own government than are both non-citizens and our own progressive elites. And they are right, and they are angry, and we will hear from them very soon.”
–Victor Davis Hanson

As a rule, disastrous decisions or no decisions at all by the federal government are rarely published by the mainstream media. But they don’t realize that the public has pocketbooks, and can see with little difficulty what is happening in the world. There’s still fighting in Ukraine. We are increasingly victims of crimes or know someone who is. We fill up our gas tanks as we watch the price continue to rise. We cringe every time we shop for groceries. We hear Biden blaming everyone but himself for these outcomes: Vladimir Putin, the gas companies, the Republicans. Even we, the citizens, are to blame for our lack of understanding of and lack of patience for the intricacies of inflation and the economy.

But I think Dr. Hanson is right. There is no sign of awakening on the part of the Biden administration; it expects us to muddle through, tolerate the “inconveniences,” and trust that life will improve on the other side of these devastating policies. We are supposed to ignore the fact that our elites are doing just fine, going to their fine restaurants, driving their electric vehicles, and pontificating on the current state of affairs. We are supposed to tap into our compassion for the hordes of people crossing our borders without care, concern, or permission.

Enough is enough.

In deference to Dr. Hanson’s words, how do you think we will hear from angry citizens that they refuse to tolerate any more deprivations? Will their protests be subtle but powerful? Or will they make their voices heard?

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  1. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Susan Quinn: There is no sign of awakening on the part of the Biden administration

    I think many of them are aware of what’s going on, and that’s fine with them . . .

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  2. Raxxalan Member
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    @Raxxalan

    It is worse than peasants they see us as serfs.  Basically the whole point of the green agenda is to act as a set of sumptuary laws, where by we the serfs are kept in our place while they the nobility are allowed to lord over us.  It took the pandemic to show this fully.  Remember all those images of the glitterati being waited on by masked anonymous attendants.  That is their model for the new society.  At it heart socialism is just neofeudalism. 

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    @BryanGStephens

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: There is no sign of awakening on the part of the Biden administration

    I think many of them are aware of what’s going on, and that’s fine with them . . .

    yes this is the point, They have preached for years to decrease oil gas and coal. This is what they want. They want serfs. 

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    It is worse than peasants they see us as serfs

    Your description is more accurate than mine 

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  5. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    @BryanGStephens

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    It is worse than peasants they see us as serfs

    Your description is more accurate than mine

    Very Russian

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  6. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms
    @GLDIII

    VDH is a breath of fresh air, and I listen to his podcasts w/Jack Fowler as soon as they come out.

    I am still trying to figure out what happened between VDH and NR, especially since Jack, who has been there for 3 decades, decide it was time to bolt. Was it idealogical over the Trump schism of performance vs character? I have talked a bit with Jack and he seems to be withholding some potential “dirty laundry” on the editorial evolution of NR.

    I think almost all Presidents in hindsight, when the details of their in office behavior come forward, will fail the “Sainted” character test. Especially when graded on the ever changing standards of the current zeitgeist. Going all the way back to Eisenhower (who carried on with one of his aids), none could be considered purely virtuous. So my thinking has evolved to, do they keep their promises that which they campaigned, and if not what were the circumstances that caused they to renege, and was it something they could truly control.

    By this standard Trump is a lout and a loathsome person, but on the presidential performance card was closing in on Reagan for trying to achieve on what he campaigned, and certainly had the rest of the world off balance in a manner that favored our national interests, not some ephemeral global community bunk.

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  7. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    Joe Biden:

    “My dear mother used to have an expression: out of everything lousy, something good will happen if you look hard enough for it. We have a chance to make a fundamental turn toward renewable energy, electric vehicles, and not just electric vehicles but across the board,” Biden told the crowd of reporters.

    The Caracasizing of America is in full swing.

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  8. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):

    VDH is a breath of fresh air, and I listen to his podcasts w/Jack Fowler as soon as they come out.

    I am still trying to figure out what happened between VDH and NR, especially since Jack, who has been there for 3 decades, decide it was time to bolt. Was it idealogical over the Trump schism of performance vs character? I have talked a bit with Jack and he seems to be withholding some potential “dirty laundry” on the editorial evolution of NR.

    I think almost all Presidents in hindsight, when the details of their in office behavior come forward, will fail the “Sainted” character test. Especially when graded on the ever changing standards of the current zeitgeist. Going all the way back to Eisenhower (who carried on with one of his aids), none could be considered purely virtuous. So my thinking has evolved to, do they keep their promises that which they campaigned, and if not what were the circumstances that caused they to renege, and was it something they could truly control.

    By this standard Trump is a lout and a loathsome person, but on the presidential performance card was closing in on Reagan for trying to achieve on what he campaigned, and certainly had the rest of the world off balance in a manner that favored our national interests, not some ephemeral global community bunk.

    Love all of this, 

    And Some VDH. 

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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    I don’t think Washington understands the depth of anger that the citizen class has, or the level of contempt we have for them. Republicans seem to be coasting on the idea that they will obviously be the beneficiaries of the public’s anger toward Washington — and this November they probably will — but they are in error if they think that anger is limited to Democrats.

    Republicans need an agenda. They need another Newt-like contract with America. And they need to keep their promises. There is so much rot and filth in Washington and nobody is held accountable. The two-tiered justice system is obvious to even the most blind. If Republicans want Americans to side with them, they will immediately begin the process of punishing those who have spent the last two years systematically destroying the American people. This means that people must answer for the destruction of the economy and business closures brought on by mandated lockdowns, job losses and personal injury from mandated vaccines. Every member of Joe Biden’s cabinet must be forcibly removed. The FBI, CIA, CDC, FDA, EPA (et al) must be defunded, disbanded. There must be a complete turnover in the extremely-politicized DOJ.

    There can be no excuses.

    The Democrats were able to gin up a fake Russian Collusion hoax to bring down a President while they were out of power. Republicans who claim they can’t do anything when they are in power will be proving themselves as worthless as I’ve always believed.

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  10. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):

    VDH is a breath of fresh air, and I listen to his podcasts w/Jack Fowler as soon as they come out.

    I am still trying to figure out what happened between VDH and NR, especially since Jack, who has been there for 3 decades, decide it was time to bolt. Was it idealogical over the Trump schism of performance vs character? I have talked a bit with Jack and he seems to be withholding some potential “dirty laundry” on the editorial evolution of NR.

    I think almost all Presidents in hindsight, when the details of their in office behavior come forward, will fail the “Sainted” character test. Especially when graded on the ever changing standards of the current zeitgeist. Going all the way back to Eisenhower (who carried on with one of his aids), none could be considered purely virtuous. So my thinking has evolved to, do they keep their promises that which they campaigned, and if not what were the circumstances that caused they to renege, and was it something they could truly control.

    By this standard Trump is a lout and a loathsome person, but on the presidential performance card was closing in on Reagan for trying to achieve on what he campaigned, and certainly had the rest of the world off balance in a manner that favored our national interests, not some ephemeral global community bunk.

    Love all of this,

    And Some VDH.

    Remember, they hate Trump first; then they scratch up some reasons.

    That’s why the reasons often seem absurd or insane, like the article in the Weekly Standard that insisted that what Trump says is more important than what he does.

    In the “feet of clay” department, compare Trump’s personal life with what is revealed by the FBI recordings of a certain prominent civil rights leader.

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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):
    am still trying to figure out what happened between VDH and NR, especially since Jack, who has been there for 3 decades, decide it was time to bolt. Was it idealogical over the Trump schism of performance vs character

    I would like to know the answer myself. Many relationships have been damaged related to issues with Trump.

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  12. J Climacus Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

     

    The Democrats were able to gin up a fake Russian Collusion hoax to bring down a President while they were out of power. Republicans who claim they can’t do anything when they are in power will be proving themselves as worthless as I’ve always believed.

    Mark Steyn likes to say that when Democrats win they are “in power” and when Republicans win they are “in office.”

    I agree that the real test for the Republicans – if they win a substantial majority this Fall – is whether they embark on a substantive overhaul of the administrative state that is the engine of leftist domination.  Experience tells me they won’t, and they will be “in office” for two years after which the left will return to power.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Taras (View Comment):
    the “feet of clay” department, compare Trump’s personal life with what is revealed by the FBI recordings of a certain prominent civil rights leader.

    Which one? So many to choose from.

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    J Climacus (View Comment):
    agree that the real test for the Republicans – if they win a substantial majority this Fall – is whether they embark on a substantive overhaul of the administrative state that is the engine of leftist domination.  Experience tells me they won’t, and they will be “in office” for two years after which the left will return to power.

    I so hope that the Republicans have an awakening. They are working on an agenda. Will it matter?

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  15. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    J Climacus (View Comment):
    agree that the real test for the Republicans – if they win a substantial majority this Fall – is whether they embark on a substantive overhaul of the administrative state that is the engine of leftist domination. Experience tells me they won’t, and they will be “in office” for two years after which the left will return to power.

    I so hope that the Republicans have an awakening. They are working on an agenda.

    They are? News to me. Rick Scott tried, and the Turtle shot him down. Ask the Turtle what their agenda is if they win and he says “You’ll find out if we win.”

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  16. Cassandro Coolidge
    Cassandro
    @Flicker

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):
    I don’t think Washington understands the depth of anger that the citizen class has, or the level of contempt we have for them.

    Their fences topped with barbed wire indicate otherwise.

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  17. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    J Climacus (View Comment):
    agree that the real test for the Republicans – if they win a substantial majority this Fall – is whether they embark on a substantive overhaul of the administrative state that is the engine of leftist domination. Experience tells me they won’t, and they will be “in office” for two years after which the left will return to power.

    I so hope that the Republicans have an awakening. They are working on an agenda.

    They are? News to me. Rick Scott tried, and the Turtle shot him down. Ask the Turtle what their agenda is if they win and he says “You’ll find out if we win.”

    Someone said they were working on one.  It’s not public yet. I wish I could remember who it was.

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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Although I’m not a big fan of Sen. Rick Scott (something about his manner annoys me), he has persisted in advertising his Rescue America program on TV ads, in spite of getting pushback from McConnell. I have to give him a lot of  credit for doing it, even if the plan isn’t the greatest. It’s more than others are doing.

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  19. Raxxalan Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    J Climacus (View Comment):
    agree that the real test for the Republicans – if they win a substantial majority this Fall – is whether they embark on a substantive overhaul of the administrative state that is the engine of leftist domination. Experience tells me they won’t, and they will be “in office” for two years after which the left will return to power.

    I so hope that the Republicans have an awakening. They are working on an agenda.

    They are? News to me. Rick Scott tried, and the Turtle shot him down. Ask the Turtle what their agenda is if they win and he says “You’ll find out if we win.”

    Someone said they were working on one. It’s not public yet. I wish I could remember who it was.

    They won’t be able to do much without the white house.  Just slow things down.  I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible.  They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

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  20. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house.  Just slow things down.  I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible.  They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the gun law is very discouraging.

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  21. Raxxalan Member
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    @Raxxalan

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics.  Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America.  He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though.  I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

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  22. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
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    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

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  23. Raxxalan Member
    Raxxalan
    @Raxxalan

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

    Not that I disagree but it seems unlikely that he would loose a primary challenge in Kentucky and equally unlikely that he would loose to a democratic challenger.

    • #23
  24. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
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    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

    Not that I disagree but it seems unlikely that he would loose a primary challenge in Kentucky and equally unlikely that he would loose to a democratic challenger.

    Then we lose. It’s that simple.

    • #24
  25. Taras Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

    Not that I disagree but it seems unlikely that he would loose a primary challenge in Kentucky and equally unlikely that he would loose to a democratic challenger.

    Then we lose. It’s that simple.

    Forcibly retired — as Republican Senate leader?

    • #25
  26. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
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    Taras (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

    Not that I disagree but it seems unlikely that he would loose a primary challenge in Kentucky and equally unlikely that he would loose to a democratic challenger.

    Then we lose. It’s that simple.

    Forcibly retired — as Republican Senate leader?

    “Whatever it takes,” to quote my Trump-hating pals.

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  27. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

    Not that I disagree but it seems unlikely that he would loose a primary challenge in Kentucky and equally unlikely that he would loose to a democratic challenger.

    Then we lose. It’s that simple.

    Forcibly retired — as Republican Senate leader?

    “Whatever it takes,” to quote my Trump-hating pals.

    My point is, even if he is unbeatable in Kentucky, he can still be removed from his leadership position in the Senate.

    • #27
  28. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
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    Taras (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Raxxalan (View Comment):
    They won’t be able to do much without the white house. Just slow things down. I doubt they get enough to override Biden’s veto but they have to make him use his veto pen as much as possible. They need to engage in good politics not like with Obama.

    They’ll have their work cut out for them. Just reading Drew’s post about all the Republicans who have signed on for the fun law is very discouraging.

    Plus they are notoriously bad at politics. Mitch McConnel is very good at confirming judges and if the Dobbs case goes the right way, from my perspective, he will have done a profound good for America. He badly mishandled his dealings with Obama though. I don’t have much confidence in his ability to engage in the kind of political trench warfare that will be required.

    Mitch McConnell must be forcibly retired.

    Not that I disagree but it seems unlikely that he would loose a primary challenge in Kentucky and equally unlikely that he would loose to a democratic challenger.

    Then we lose. It’s that simple.

    Forcibly retired — as Republican Senate leader?

    “Whatever it takes,” to quote my Trump-hating pals.

    My point is, even if he is unbeatable in Kentucky, he can still be removed from his leadership position in the Senate.

    Yes Chad Meme: The Steady Confidence of the 'Yes Chad'

    • #28
  29. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Taras (View Comment):
    My point is, even if he is unbeatable in Kentucky, he can still be removed from his leadership position in the Senate.

    I don’t think the Republican Senators would have the guts to vote against him. 

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