The descent into crazy is close to terminal velocity
In April of last year, Liz Cheney showed us all that was wrong with the G.O.P. in one tweet.
I wrote about it, and how strange it was that Cheney (of all people!) was now the adult in the room — we were truly through the looking glass.
And yet I thought that cooler/more rational heads would somehow prevail. That the fever sweeping the Republican ranks would break, and a semblance of normal would return.
How silly of me.
Fourteen-ish months later, it’s clear that if anything, we’ve gone further into a rapid descent.
Each session of the January 6th hearings delivers more and more testimony of a party hell-bent on staying in power, Constitution/will of the people be damned.
Same story with SCOTUS taking a blow torch to established law.
If neither of those was enough, take a look at the recent Republican primary debate held in Cheney's home state of Wyoming.
It’s a masterclass in pandering to one’s base, trying to “out Q” your opponent, and the corrosive influence of social media.
Cheney — someone who voted with Trump over 90% of the time, remember — looks positively august compared to her opponents.
- “January 6th was a setup”
- “Fauci is one of the most corrupt individuals in Washington D.C.”
- “I understand when I talked to Mike Lindell…”
- “We know for a fact that all the major internets do that”
- “Ukraine is corrupt. We started it.”
No, it’s not satire. It’s reality. Wyoming’s reality. Our reality. And while I certainly appreciate Cheney stating “we gotta elect serious leaders,” I’m not seeing it happening right now.
Perhaps this past few weeks will finally be the catalyst for real change, and I can come back to this to be happily corrected. We should be so lucky.