Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY) were spotted by Bloomberg coming off the House floor together:
CHENEY: Hey, it’s the RINO!
KATKO: Takes one to know one.
Noah Smith: “So here we have a situation where most Americans love their country and have no one to represent that love in the political arena. They’re forced to choose between one movement that vilifies the idea of America, and another that vilifies the America that actually exists. The patriotic silent majority is politically and ideologically homeless right now.”
“Whichever movement can reverse course and tack back toward patriotism first will, I predict, encounter a deep and eager reservoir of positive energy and support. Obviously, being on the progressive side of things myself, I hope Dems come up with the next JFK before Republicans come up with the next Reagan. But someone needs to try patriotism soon, because to not do so would be madness.”
“The Wyoming Republican Party will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of former President Donald Trump,” the AP reports.
“Cheney is now facing at least four Republican opponents in the 2022 primary.”
“Republicans are rallying around former White House adviser Stephen Bannon after his indictment for contempt of Congress on Friday, warning that Democrats’ efforts to force Bannon to comply with what they see as an unfair subpoena paves the way for them to do the same if they take back the House in 2022,” the Washington Post reports.
Politico: “Largely overlooked amid the party’s dismal suburban results in Virginia and New Jersey last week, Republicans regained ground in the vote-rich Philly suburbs after years of losses under Trump. The GOP flipped multiple row offices in populous Bucks County, carried a state Supreme Court race there, and even came close to winning seats on the county council in Delaware County, where Biden romped by nearly 30 points in 2020.”
“Pennsylvania will be home to highly competitive House, Senate and gubernatorial races in next year’s midterm elections — and the GOP’s local comeback here shows that Democrats’ newfound shakiness among suburban voters reaches far deeper than one or two states.”
A new PPRI/Brookings Institution poll found that only 29% of Republicans say that American culture and way of life have changed for the better since the 1950s.
The number is a leap down from 2020 when 46% of Republicans said American culture and way of life had changed for the better since the 1950s, but is only two points off from what Republicans said in 2016, before Donald Trump was elected President.
New York Times: “From congressional offices to community meeting rooms, threats of violence are becoming commonplace among a significant segment of the Republican Party. Ten months after rioters attacked the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, and after four years of a president who often spoke in violent terms about his adversaries, right-wing Republicans are talking more openly and frequently about the use of force as justifiable in opposition to those who dislodged him from power.”
“In Washington, where decorum and civility are still given lip service, violent or threatening language still remains uncommon, if not unheard-of, among lawmakers who spend a great deal of time in the same building. But among the most fervent conservatives, who play an outsize role in primary contests and provide the party with its activist energy, the belief that the country is at a crossroads that could require armed confrontation is no longer limited to the fringe.”
Associated Press: “In the past week, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted a video showing a character with his face killing a figure with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face. Several of the 13 House Republicans who backed a bipartisan infrastructure bill said they faced threats after their vote. In one profanity-laced voicemail, a caller labeled Rep. Fred Upton a ‘traitor’ and wished death for the Michigan Republican, his family and staff.”
“The response from Republican leaders? Silence.”
A new Monmouth poll finds that 43% of Republicans oppose the teaching of historical racism in public schools.
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“A simmering feud within the Republican Party of Louisiana leadership boiled over Tuesday when party Secretary Mike Bayham accused Chairman Louis Gurvich of trying to manipulate the next intra-party election to remain in power,” the Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports.
Josh Huder calls the movement to punish the 13 House Republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill “legitimately insane. These kinds of punishments are normally reserved for gross misconduct or extreme betrayals of party.”
“Voting for an infrastructure bill is neither of those things. I’d be very surprised if this develops further. But the fact it is being discussed at all is bananas. Try to overthrow your speaker? Assignments might be in jeopardy. Blatant corruption? Assignments might be in jeopardy. Drunk drive your car into the Potomac with an adult entertainer? Assignments might be in jeopardy.”
“Vote for an infrastructure bill? That’s a Tuesday.”
Jonathan Bernstein: “The dynamic that tends to govern these tantrums is simple. Republican radicals are constantly looking for ways to differentiate themselves from the party’s mainstream. They can’t do it on policy because the party is already extremely conservative, so they wind up looking for procedural maneuvers — shutting down the government, for example — even if there’s no point to it.”
Jim VandeHei: “Other than conservative courts, toughness on immigration and hostility toward modern liberalism, it’s been impossible to specify the core and connective ideology of Republicans under Trump.”
“Now, Republicans are rallying around a plan to break up with corporate America and oppose Big Business, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Education — and big government.”
Washington Post: “After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, scores of donors and companies made public or private statements… vowing to withhold or rethink their funding for the GOP. But a review of attendees at elite donor retreats, financial filings and interviews with party officials, donors and fundraisers indicates the GOP has had a booming financial year, retaining significant support from many Fortune 500 companies and the city’s most influential lobbying shops, including some contributors who initially balked in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told Rolling Stone that Republican campaign tactics that utilize “fear and darkness” may help them win in next year’s midterm elections, but will ultimately destroy the party.
Said Kinzinger: “I think in the short term, stoking division, using the fear and darkness, will win the midterms in 2022. In the long term, this will destroy the GOP. Or it will destroy the country, because this is an unsustainable path.”
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) told Politico that he did not give Senate Minority Leader Mith McConnell (R-KY) or Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) a heads up on his decision not to run for U.S. Senate.
Said Sununu: “I guess you’ll have to let them know. I haven’t talked to them.”
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll tested eight false statements about the coronavirus pandemic and found that just 6% of Republicans believed each of them to be untrue, compared with 38% of Democrats.
And 46% of Republicans either believed or were unsure about at least half of the claims, compared with just 14% of Democrats.
Aaron Blake: A sobering poll on the GOP’s embrace of coronavirus misinformation.
Vermont’s Republican Party has scheduled a “Let’s go Brandon” rally — to be held in the city of Brandon, VT, The Hill reports.
The chant has become popular among Republicans as an alternative to saying, “Fuck you, Biden.”
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country.
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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