If you’ve even glanced at reporting on CPAC the past two days, you know that it’s pretty whacky down there in Texas. Probably if a prize were to be given for Most Bonkers Speech By A Senator, Rick Scott could sweep the field with little or no competition.
Scott’s speech started out with the usual buzz words and talking points and then he got so far out there in the weeds that even the CPAC audience couldn’t follow him.
Watch his straight face, incongruous considering the material.
Rick Scott is delivering a bonkers speech at CPAC pic.twitter.com/cIHcB92gRO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2022
That was to give you the flavor. Here is what former FBI agent Peter Strzok has to say about Andy Biggs’ speech, which is even more bizarre than Rick Scott’s.
I started a list of horribles about the ways a malicious Congress could derail DOJ’s work, but decided not to roadmap it.
If the House flips, expect unprecedentedly destructive behavior. I hope people in DOJ & FBI are thinking about it – because Biggs and others clearly are. https://t.co/FPX8hMdNsE
— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) August 5, 2022
Defunding the police is now good. Makes sense to me. After all, War Is Peace. Freedom is Slavery, and if we know one thing, it is that Ignorance Is Strength. That is the well that Donald Trump tapped into, unknowingly and instinctively. Trump, being a natural born dummy, resented smart people his entire life and knew that other dummies did, too.
Anti-intellectualism has long been a trait in American culture. Isaac Asimov once said, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
That is the rule book that the Marge Greenes and Lauren Boeberts play by, “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” No, it is not. Your ignorance is appalling.
We’re all born ignorant, but you really have to work at it to stay stupid. These people have.
I think Strzok is right. We can expect a perfectly wild 2023 and 2024 if the House is retaken, which it very probably will be. The only good news is that it doesn’t look like it will be the blood bath anticipated a few short months ago of 40-some seats. Now, it may be the case that the House could pass to GOP hands but with such a small majority that they don’t have that much power. Let’s hope for that scenario.
And bear in mind, nothing is certain in politics and a lot can change in 90 days.
And make no mistake: there is a lot of pent up GOP aggression and rage. If/when the House flips, it will get nuts, at least for a time.