I am riveted by the George Santos spectacle. I will remain so until it is resolved. The reason I find it so captivating is that it is such an extreme example of how far politics in this nation has degenerated.
Even seven or eight years ago, this number that Santos is dancing would never work. He would have been sent down the road packing as soon as things began to get a little bit heated up, not still be there after they completely exploded. But in this iteration of the GOP anything goes. Literally, any.thing. You can be a pathological liar, scandal ridden, have a criminal past — and still, you won’t lose your seat in Congress. At least not yet.
Evidently Santos was trying to glad hand and do some social climbing at the SOTU address Tuesday night and Mitt Romney for one was not having any of it.
Asked Mitt Romney if he’s disappointed that Speaker McCarthy hasn’t called on George Santos to resign.
“Yes,” he said.
Santos “should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the President and people coming into the room,” Romney said. pic.twitter.com/obpaYD8v1x
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 8, 2023
And was Santos duly chastened by the elder stateman’s words. Puh-leeze.
Apparently, his exchange with Mitt was less than cordial. pic.twitter.com/7xOS8wkV4S
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) February 8, 2023
This dummy does not belong in politics. Not that that is a new observation, but his lashing back to Romney like this shows him to be of Trump caliber and utterly tone deaf to the ways things are done in Congress.
And of course it got worse.
Santos called Romney the bigger asshole, but he doesn’t dress in drag last I knew (and then lie about it) he doesn’t have any staffers accusing him of sexual misconduct, and I don’t believe he’s in danger of being indicted for campaign fraud any time soon. Santos can’t say that.
What a sublime punk. Santos got where he is by being a liar and a punk and then he actually meets somebody of considerable stature in the Republican party and instantly makes an enemy out of him.
I would have to wrack my brain to think of something I agree with Romney on, but in this instance he’s right.