The sentiment Dinah Washington conveyed in “What a Difference a Day Makes” has been reconfigured by the GOP, whose rendering is now “What a Difference a Trump Defeat Makes.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) copycatting of former President Trump’s pathologies appears to be imperiling her. (“The GOP’s civil war is just beginning, and the fighting will get worse before it gets better,” Feb. 3)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called Greene’s lies a cancer on the party. What? That’s the greatest acting job since O.J. Simpson tried to pull black gloves over his hands in front of a jury.
McConnell derides a Trump acolyte, but he was complicit and calculating as Trump exalted white supremacy and engaged in rampant conspiracy blathering as president.
It’s amazing: McConnell gags on a gnat like Greene, but swallows a camel like Trump.
It’s clear that the Republican Party has evolved into a new entity, as exemplified by Greene’s ravings.
For clarity’s sake, perhaps the GOP should be renamed the “Q-lican Party.” Even better, I suggest the “Q-lings,” which would appropriately evoke Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian collaborator who destroyed his own country’s democracy by aligning himself with the Nazis.
Quisling also kissed up to the strongman proponent of his era’s big lie, prior to America’s recent experience with its own.
Michael Jenning, Van Nuys
To the editor: My husband is a retired psychologist who for many years administered the required psychological tests for entrance to the police academy for local departments. Tests included the 16 personality factors assessment, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and a personal interview.
I am beginning to think the same should be required for those running for office.
Kay Zoltan, San Clemente
To the editor: Greene and her ilk are pro-life, pro-gun and, for some people, pro-death. The contradictions are mind-boggling.
Jana K. Shaker, Riverside
With his growing unpopularity, mounting difficulty with getting re-elected and speculation about his declining health, Donald Trump’s demented antics are dominating the news cycle.
Even attempts from his allies to prop him up haven’t exactly been going well, as they betray the fact that Trump has nothing to offer but the usual bluster and gloating about things that are usually non-existent. Trump isn’t the only Republican, however, who is clearly rattled by his prospects of re-election in November.
On Tuesday, Mitch McConnell decided to go on record with the rattled statement: “I think the American people should know what it means if the Senate shifts control.” He went on to discuss a nightmare scenario where Democrats in charge of the Senate kill the filibuster, hoping to scare Republican voters into supporting their candidates for re-election across the board. This would probably be a good thing in the eyes of most Democrats, as it would mean the end of GOP obstruction and a real possibility of putting the plans of a Biden administration in motion from the beginning. For McConnell to even entertain this scenario, it must mean that things aren’t looking as bright as he had hoped.
But McConnell didn’t stop there. He went on to warn voters that Washington, DC could soon be granted statehood, making it inevitable that the chamber will have two new Democratic senators in the not far future – a scenario that no Democratic candidate is talking about right now. He knows that his voters are much more receptive to fear than we are – and that he’s running out of excuses to defend his own long record of destroying democracy in Washington. The good news is that there’s more of us than there are of them – and it’s the surest sign yet that your efforts to get out the vote are paying off. Let’s keep at it and vote Democratic across the board by November 3.
Even as Donald Trump continues to demand all the credit for his disastrously negligent handling of the coronavirus crisis, it’s worth remembering that the entire Republican Senate is just as complicit.
Not only did they “acquit” him in his impeachment trial when they knew he was guilty, they tried to turn the relief bill into a con game.
This evil effort was led by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now his 2020 Democratic challenger Amy McGrath is taking it to him for having corruptly and lazily dragged out the relief bill:
Reminder that one month ago Mitch decided it was better to shut down the Senate and take a long weekend instead of working to pass emergency legislation the nation needed. When every day mattered, he was AWOL.— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) April 14, 2020