A buildup of snark, rather like a buildup of cholestrol, stomach acid, or any other substance, can prove to be very uncomfortable if not taken care of. And the snark has been building for a few days now, so just in case you guys don’t have any snark of your own, allow me to share my excess with you!
The two faces of Mitch McConnell
It’s difficult to say which of the GOP candidates on the docket this November are the worst of the lot, for the entire lot seems to be infused with incompetence, venom, and an uncanny propensity to lie. But, there can be no doubt that Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker, both running for senate seats from Pennsylvania and Georgia respectively, are in the list of the 10 very worst choices. Fortunately, neither is on a fast track to a win, if the polls can be believed.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to tone down the GOP’s hopes for gaining a majority in the Senate, saying that ‘candidate quality’ was important, and while he didn’t come out and say as much, the implication was that the Republican candidates for Senate this time ‘round aren’t of the highest quality. So, can anybody explain why on earth McConnell is co-hosting a fund-raiser with Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker, as well as current Representative Ted Budd of North Carolina who is running for a seat in the Senate?
Walker and Oz are two of the absolute least qualified … one is a former football player, the other a former snake oil salesman with a medical degree. Neither have government experience, neither have a Civics education, neither have ever taken a course in Constitutional Law … and both are polling below their Democratic opponents, thankfully! I guess ol’ Mitchie has lowered his standards since he spoke of ‘candidate quality’ earlier this month, eh?
And speaking of really bad candidates …
Blake Masters, who nobody ever heard of until this year, is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate from Arizona. He’s hoping to beat incumbent Mark Kelly, who filled the seat vacated by Senator John McCain at his death. Masters has a bigotry problem: he is one.
Back in June, he blamed Blacks for gun violence in the U.S. …
“We do have a gun violence problem in this country, and it’s gang violence. It’s gangs, it’s people in Chicago, in St. Louis, shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly.”
And then last week, the Associated Press put out the following on Twitter:
“Leadership at the Federal Reserve has become its most diverse ever. There are more female, Black and gay officials contributing to the central bank’s interest-rate decisions than at any time in its 109-year history.”
To which Blake Masters sardonically replied …
“Finally a compelling explanation for why our economy is doing so well.”
The list of incidences where Masters put down Blacks, women, and/or LGBTQ people is endless. Fortunately, Masters is also polling behind Senator Kelly. He is a blatant example of what McConnell meant by his concern over the quality of current GOP candidates … I’m surprised Masters wasn’t invited to join the little fundraiser McConnell, Oz, and Walker are holding!
A threat or a call to action?
Lindsey Graham … back-stabber, two-faced, split-persona Lindsey … made the following statement a couple of days ago …
“If they try to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street. I worry about our country.”
Just for a bit of reference here, Lindsey went from being a hater of the former guy to his present-day status of one of the former guy’s chief bootlickers. There was a time when Lindsey Graham actually believed in democracy, that no person was above the law, but today … he has drunk too much of the Kool-Aid being offered by those who would gladly destroy this nation and its people.
Lindsey’s comment could be taken merely as an observation, or more darkly, as a threat, as a notice to the same groups that attempted to overturn the government at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021, to “stand by”. In this day of radically divisive political views, a time when the entire nation feels like a tinderbox just waiting for the right spark, such talk is simply unconscionable coming from a member of the United States Congress. Unconscionable.
Unfortunately, Lindsey Graham is not up for re-election until 2026, so we cannot simply vote his fat patootie out of office. Too bad.
A couple of ‘toons to help you find your smile again …