To no one’s surprise, Rep.Liz Cheney lost her primary in Wyoming. Good: she deserved it. She is a “bias makes you stupid”—also ridiculous—case study. Nothing is more ridiculous than someone who repeatedly behaves in an undemocratic manner and then claims that she is fighting for democracy.
In many ways, her fall, though so, so deserved, is an ethics tragedy. She’s smart and serious, but placed her family loyalty above her duties to her state, the public, the House and the nation, and all because she hates Donald Trump for personal reasons. He dared to insult her father and the Bushes, repeatedly and nastily, by declaring their Iraq War a “disaster,” though it certainly was. Cheney has been full NeverTrump ever since, but even that bias isn’t justification for voting for two contrived and hyper-partisan impeachments, especially the second one, which went forward to the Senate without evidence, inquiry or due process supporting it. Then Cheney facilitated the January 6 witch hunt, which was so obviously a Democratic “Get Trump!” exercise that Nancy Pelosi didn’t allow the traditional and sensible party balance that investigative House committees have always had before.
You can tell if someone is Trump Deranged if they express admiration for Liz Cheney. Here is a Republican who joined with Democrats in a their effort to use unethical means to hold power. That Democrats asked their party members in Wyoming to temporarily switch parties so they could vote for Cheney was the perfect embodiment of what that party has become: the fact that they support Cheney and she has supported them proves mutual corruption.
1. Why we don’t trust the news media, Reason 765,988, 204: You can still read news reports saying that the motive for the nearly fatal attack on writer Salman Rushdie is “unclear.” This is the same false media narrative circa. 2001 that Islam is a peaceful religion and only bigots have concerns that radical Muslims aren’t as rare as pigeon teeth. The Washington Post’s op-ed about the attack doesn’t even mention the attacker, but somehow compares it to the Trumpites’ rioting against the 2020 election. The attack was political, you see, not religious. (It was religious.)
A fatwah was put out on Rushdie calling on Muslims to kill him decades ago because he was blasphemous regarding Mohammad. The man’s been in hiding until only recently, and a would-be assassin named Hadi Matar stabbed him. Not Joe O’Brien. Not J. Leroy Washington. The chances that the attacker was motivated by Islamic fanaticism are greater than the chances that O.J. is guilty, but CNN still says that “police are working with the FBI and local authorities to determine the motive.”
What a mystery!
2. How seriously should we take videos like this?
My answer: a little seriously. We don’t know how many people were interviewed to find these cheerful morons. It is certainly unfair to use this tiny sample to characterize “Generation Z.” Still, one must wonder how anyone can get out of the Sixth Grade and be this ignorant.
3. Speaking of ignoramuses… This is how the Republicans can blow the November election. North Carolina congressional candidate Robert “Bo” Hines revealed during an interview that he thought the the term “banana republic” as it was used to impugn the Justice Department’s raid on Mar-a-Largo referred to the retail chain “Banana Republic.” At least the manager of Banana Republic, unlike our president, knows where he is and why he’s there and what he’s doing,” Hines quipped on the“John Frederick’s Show.” The ex-North Carolina State football player was endorsed by Donald Trump.
4. Nah, there’s no reason to think the mainstream media is just a mouthpiece for the Democrats...Donald Trump stated that his passports were illegally taken in the raid. A stonewalling Deep Stater had CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell call Trump a liar for the Justice Department:
With almost 40,000 likes and nearly 13,000 tweets, O’Donnell’s dutifully relayed lie went viral on social media. The passports were indeed taken, and were not supposed to be. O’Donnell has yet to correct her false tweet.
Of course, Twitter hasn’t suspended her account for it either. But be fair: all she’s trying to do is save democracy!