On Wednesday I wrote an article on Republican political gamesmanship. Senate Republicans introduced a bill on abortion. Infants born alive were already protected by law. There was no need for this new legislation. However, Republicans voted for it. Democrats voted against it. Predictably, Republicans accused Democrats of supporting infanticide. Did the Democrats turn the table with the Anti-Hate Resolution?
To be clear, this bill wasn’t designed to trick Republicans into double negative embarrassment. Pelosi couldn’t have imagined that a handful of Republicans would vote against this. It just worked out that way.
How an anti-hate resolution became controversial.
Some Republicans expressed a legitimate reason for being irritated with the anti-hate resolution. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said the following.
“For Democratic leadership to kowtow to their radical members and refuse to offer legislative language that criticizes Rep. Omar’s statements in the strongest possible manner confirms what we already knew: that their party is controlled by far-left extremists who can’t even muster the courage to stand up to blatant anti-Semitism.”
I like Liz Cheney. She makes an exaggerated, borderline ridiculous point here. That said, she makes a reasonable case for disliking the legislation. She does not, however, make a case for voting against it. Liz accuses Democrats of being controlled by extremists who won’t stand up to anti-semitism. She does so while refusing to stand up to anti-semitism. Why? Because it didn’t contain the exact language she wanted. My way or the highway is the definition of extreme.
The defense goes from cringeworthy to downright wacky in the last paragraph from The Hill article linked above.
Almost all of the lawmakers who voted against the measure, with the exception of Massie, voted in favor of a motion to recommit condemning anti-Semitism earlier this year.
Stop! Just stop. The implication here is that opposing anti-semitism is fine with the GOP. However, saying they can’t hate anyone is going too far. Not even gays or Muslims? We have to draw the line.
Anti-Hate Resolution Conclusions
I’m not calling these Republicans racist. Except for known bigot Steve King. Furthermore, this was about the third racist statement from Representative Omar. She has to be categorized with Steve King by this point. However, this was political malpractice by the Republicans.
Republicans can point to Steve King and say they stripped him of his committee seat for racist comments. The trouble is, President Trump has made almost the exact same comments as Rep. Omar.
“You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine.”
Yet many of these same Republicans continue to stand by President Trump. Why? Enough with the political gamesmanship on both sides. I’ve found a solution. Bring up a bill that strips Omar of her committee seat and impeaches President Trump. Same comments, same response. Then we will see if these Republicans still want to vote for Rep. Omar to lose her seat. Moreover, we will see how quickly Democrats throw her under the bus.