The Republican race to retake the House and Senate has taken the strangest turn. The party has decided to devote the mid-terms to savage accusations around pedophilia.
It would be an unusual strategy under any circumstances, but really bizarre given that the people in politics most associated with pedophilia are all Republicans.
Don’t they remember that Dennis Hastert – who was Speaker of the House for eight years – was jailed for abusing four boys and trying to scam a bank out of $3.5 million to silence one of them ?
Have they forgotten former Rep. Mark Foley, who tried to seduce teenagers he met when they were congressional pages? What about Judge Roy Moore, who prosecuted girls as young as 13 when he was in his 30s so blatantly that, according to multiple sources, he was banned from a local mall? (Even after the allegations against Moore were made public, then-President Donald Trump still supported him in his losing run for the U.S. Senate from Alabama.)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has ‘forgiven’ Josh Duggar, family values activist and star of 19 children and counting after he admitted to molesting five young girls, including two of his own sisters. There is no record of Huckabee’s forgiveness, or not, when six years later Duggar was arrested on charges of child pronography for content the arresting officer called “the worst of the worst” that he’s ever seen, featuring a baby just 18 months old. old.
Sitting Ohio rep Jim Jordan, a MAGA favorite, was once an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University in the 1990s. Members of those teams accused Jordan of turning down their calls to prevent the Dr. Richard Strauss to sexually abuse them (Jordan denies these accusations). Team captain Adam DiSabato testified before the Ohio Legislature that Jordan called him “crying, crawling, begging me to go against my brother, begging me, crying for half an hour. C That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there.” According to the AP, there have been 2,200 fondling and 127 rape cases attributed to Strauss, who died in 2005. When a lawsuit against the State of Ohio, filed by nearly 300 plaintiffs, goes to trial , the member of Congress may be called to account under oath for his or her actions or lack thereof.
Republicans do not shy away from hypocrisy. In 1997, House Speaker Newt Gingrich tried to oust Bill Clinton from the Oval Office for having an affair with an intern, when Gingrich himself was having an affair with a committee staffer.
Almost as crazy as accusing Democrats of what they themselves have done is running candidates charged with different, but equally disturbing offenses.
How could Republicans (including Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell) endorse former NFL star and notorious serial domestic abuser Herschel Walker’s bid to oust Sen. Rafael Warnock in Georgia, unless they’re blinded by the need to prove they’re not racist by supporting a black celebrity? Walker has been credibly accused by his wife and girlfriend of threatening their lives – with his wife claiming the Senate hopeful even put a gun to his head.
Maybe the Republicans know something we don’t, have something up their sleeve we can’t see, or have nothing else to say. It was clear the party had given up on any cohesive ideology to run on when it even refused to offer a platform in 2016.
Meanwhile, Rep. Marjoie Taylor Greene — known even before she took office for her QAnon sympathies — is shouting that anyone who votes to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is “pro-pedophile,” including three Republicans.
Republicans project so loudly that no one can hear anything else they say. They’re generally expected to win big in the midterm elections, but if they stick to this crackpot strategy, they’re going to rip defeat from the jaws of victory. Have it.