GOP extremists in the House

America returned control of the House of Representatives to the GOP in the midterm elections, despite them being Republicans. What I mean by that is that Republicans oppose anything that the majority of voters in this country are in favor of.

Most Americans support democracy and mail-in voting. Most Americans prefer ballot boxes. Most Americans choose the United States over Russia. Most Americans support a woman’s right to choose and believe that abortion should remain legal in all states. Most Americans support Medicare and Social Security. Most Americans support Obamacare. Most Americans support student debt relief. Most Americans oppose coups and insurgencies. Most Americans think Joe Biden won because most Americans voted for him.

Republicans are also the party of racists, liars and lunatics. Who do you think the Proud Boys vote for? Who do you think Klansmen and Nazis vote for?

But Republicans delivered a message of fighting crime, reducing inflation, lowering gas prices, and closing our “open” borders (bullshit). That’s what a lot of Americans voted for when they voted for a Republican. So what will Republicans do now that they have the power to set the agenda? They are going to impeach Hunter Biden.

In case you weren’t paying attention during the campaigns for the midterm elections, and if you voted for a Republican, you weren’t, none of the Republicans offered solutions to inflation , high gas prices, crime or border issues. Not one of them came up with any ideas. They just made a lot of noise about it. What are we going to do with the open border? We will close it. How? By closing it!

And in case you haven’t been paying attention to the last time Republicans controlled the House, you’ll remember that they can’t govern. I guess you forgot it. What was John Boehner’s greatest legislative achievement as Speaker of the House? What was Paul Ryan’s? The biggest legislative achievement of the Trump era, when the GOP controlled the House and Senate, was giving Trump and other billionaires tax cuts. That was it. They didn’t even fund his wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

Now the Republicans have a slim majority, which is a huge problem for them. There is a difference between Democrats who have a narrow majority and Republicans who have one. Democrats had Nancy Pelosi, who just announced she won’t be seeking the leadership job in January. But as a speaker, Pelosi is the GOAT. She can count votes and guard cats. Even with disagreements and small revolts from the team, Pelosi still got things done. She over-traded Donald Trump and kicked his ass repeatedly. Remember when the House voted for Trump’s first impeachment and Democrats cheered until Nancy gave that look? When she glanced at the mother, the House fell silent. Nancy was the BOSS.

The Republicans, meanwhile, are being held hostage by their extremists. Kevin McCarthy has already leaned for the Dum-Dum Caucus, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and before being defeated in a primary, Madison Cawthorn.

Despite the narrow majority, Republicans can set the agenda and they have the power to assign. So expect subpoenas to be issued by the same people who refused to cooperate with an investigation into an insurgency that tried to overthrow our government.

Republicans plan to investigate Hunter Biden despite the fact that there is already an investigation of him by the Justice Department and that Hunter has never held a government position. There will be NO investigation into the fact that Jared received $2 billion from the Saudis right after he left his position negotiating government deals with the Saudis.

The Republicans’ plan to investigate Hunter is also strange because there is nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing and nothing at all to imply or suggest that President Biden did anything illegal, contrary to ethical or inappropriate with respect to his son’s business dealings. And despite having had the laptop in their hands for two years, that didn’t even give the Republicans a shred of evidence that Hunter did anything illegal. But expect them to spend millions of dollars on a two-year investigation that produces nothing. I expect Jim Jordan to chair this one.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Ask any Republican, or Ted “Sputnik boy” Rall, what’s on the laptop.

Instead of investigating Donald Trump’s crime of stealing classified government documents, they are going to investigate the investigators. They did it right after Trump took over the presidency. Instead of investigating Russian spies and Russian collusion in the Trump campaign, they investigated who investigated Russian spies and Russian collusion in the Trump campaign. How will the Chamber do this without Devin Nunes, who now oversees Truth Social or some shit like that?

They will spend millions investigating the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, but ignore that it was brokered by Donald Trump and the Taliban. This one should be fun and it could be short because there will be Democrats on the committee and one of them might bring up the Trump/Taliban factor.

They will investigate border policies and attempt to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

They are going to investigate the origins of Covid-19 and I really really really hope they put Marjorie Taylor Greene on that committee. Since it only starts with conspiracy theories, I think the Republicans are stupid enough to give him a seat on the committee. Before he was removed from his committee duties for approving death threats against Speaker Pelosi, MTG, Ms. Jewish Space Lasers, served on the education committee…seriously.

But most of the time, when it comes to important legislation, there will be two years of nothing. Remember that M. Night Shyamalan movie “The Happening” where nothing happened? I still wonder how I spent two hours following a conspiracy on the weed ordering humans to kill themselves, but I remember some assholes sat through entire Trump speeches (but in my defense the weed was non-sectarian and only ordered Jews to jump off buildings). But yeah, it’s gonna be like that movie that doesn’t happen… but for two years. And in 2024, it can be pointed out that the GOP has done nothing for two years… except shut down the government, which they will do at least once for meaningless bullshit (remember when Donald Trump only got some money for his racist border wall, so he shut down the government, and Pelosi negotiated it so he doesn’t get money for his racist border wall? Ah, good times).

So expect two years of nothing, except for Republicans shooting themselves collectively in the foot… like every other time voters have given them control of the House since 1994.

Daniel K. Denny