It continues: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D?-AZ) says she won't support any tax hikes on corporations and/or the rich in the budget reconciliation bill, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D?-WV) says he won't support the Medicare expansion provisions in the bill. Shades of Joe Lieberman suddenly deciding he didn't support a Medicare buy-in back in 2009, at precisely the moment it looked like it might actually make the Affordable Care Act! And Sen. Manchin tells you he supports Medicare drug price negotiation as we all know Sen. Sinema doesn't, so it won't make it into the final bill! Welcome to another exciting episode of "The Uselessness of Moderates."
And now, another episode! Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says she won't support the Women's Health Protection Act, just passed by our House. She says it would "severely weaken the conscious (sic) exceptions that are in the current law," exceptions that let health care workers who oppose abortion for reasons of "religious" "conscience" to opt out of abortion-related procedures (how about find another line of work?), plus she finds some of the language in the bill "extreme." I knew she'd find something if she looked hard enough! Oh, and she's endorsing Paul LePage for Maine Governor, because small businesses job creators hard-working families.
Charlie Sykes writes about the "sane Republicans" who are "purging themselves" from the political offices they hold, but are they sane, really? If they ever accused any Iraq war protestor of treason -- I heard that all the time from Republicans back in the day! -- then the answer is no. I know, that was almost 20 years ago already, but that's part of my point: Republicans constantly obliterate their own past as they push right. Why, Mr. Sykes himself was one of Scott Walker's biggest boosters, and the only thing Scott Walker really cared about was handing out corporate welfare, though he also broke public unions and suppressed protestors' free speech. True, Mr. Gonzalez's successor will be worse than him, but I'm more bummed about injury ending his football career than Trump ending his political career.
Dan Froomkin at Press Watch notes that the New York Times has hardly written a word about the Eastman memo that laid out Donald Trump's plan to steal the 2020 election despite losing by seven million votes, and helpfully cites non-coverage of the notorious Downing Street memo as a reminder of our "liberal" media's decided lack of courage. And just as our "liberal" media ultimately concluded that the Downing Street memo was "old news" -- no thanks to the folks who wouldn't make it news at all! -- I'm sure today's "liberal" media will look down on the Eastman memo similarly, particularly since Mr. Eastman now says he was just spitballing there. (Since Mr. Froomkin's article, the Times has published an opinion piece on the Eastman memo by Jamelle Bouie -- which sure doesn't mean they didn't drop the ball before then!)
Tucker Carlson, always looking for a way to convince his audience they're really not assholes, says immigrants, not unvaccinated Americans, are really clogging up our hospitals with COVID cases. I searched in vain for some support to that thesis, but then "supporting your argument" is never the point with people like Mr. Carlson -- the point is "making your viewers diddle their rage glands." Anyway, who are you going to believe -- all your friends and family and neighbors telling you that unvaccinated people are clogging up the hospitals where they work, or Tucker Carlson? (Also, too, folks ain't leaving health care because of vaccine mandates -- they're leaving because a 20-months-and-counting pandemic, one restarted by the immaturity of the unvaccinated, has burned them out.)
Finally, if you were wondering how right-wing crybabies were handling the Arizona "fraudit" report that actually said Maricopa County undercounted Joe Biden's vote count by a few hundred votes, well, they're handling it about as well as you'd expect -- by calling the whole thing "biased" (!) against them from the start, by yelling about problems and hoping you don't notice modifiers like "potentially" and "possible," by pretending that John Smith and Maria Garcia aren't common names but are names of criminals, and, of course, by calling for even more audits. In a sane, moral, and decent society, these people would be too ashamed to show their faces; in this insane, immoral, and decadent society, the Facebook "engagements" will keep on coming.