September 21, 2020

You wouldn't know a hypocrite if one called you stupid to your face

Of course Senate Majority Leader and #GraveDiggerOfDemocracy Senator McConnell is going to attempt to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, may her memory be a blessing. Of course he doesn’t care about what he said in 2016 regarding not even giving Merrick Garland a vote. None of this is surprising.

It is not surprising that we, the American public, cannot and should not take the Senate Majority Leader at his word. We shouldn’t have in 2016 and we shouldn’t now. But make no mistake. Senators Graham and McConnell are not hypocrites. They’re not. As Lili Loofbourow puts it for Slate

Hypocrisy is a mild failing. It applies to parents smoking when they advise their kids not to for their own good; it does not apply to parents lighting the family home on fire for the insurance money while high-fiving each other over how stupid their fleeing children were for thinking anything they told them was true.

Aye, that’s the rub. It’s not, again to quote Loofbourow, that:

it is simply true that this nation’s decline accelerates when the conventional wisdom becomes that believing what the Senate Majority Leader says is self-evidently foolish.

It is true, of course. But the worst part is that McConnell and Graham are acting as if we should take anything they say as true. They’re calling us, and anyone else who uncritically re-posts their quotes from 2016, stupid. They aren’t the butt of the joke; we are! Every last one of us who thought that the Senate Majority Leader or the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee would ever, ever, speak or act in good faith. Senator Graham even let us in on the joke in 2016:

“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”

He knows it doesn’t matter that he said it, why would it? That’s the joke! Funny huh? The American people are so stupid that they are posting this quote on twitter and facebook and wherever else as if it actually matters at all, the fucking rubes! I get the sense that you aren’t laughing, oh well; maybe you had to be there.

But we are here. And we should be pissed off. Are you pissed off that the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee essentially called you and every American an easy mark on national television? Good. Use that anger! Write your senator, demand that they not provide unanimous consent to any motion in the Senate until January 2021. Hell, write Senator Graham and tell him you’re not a rube. It won’t change his actions, of course; but it will let him know that we see him. We know. And now that we know; we must act as if we’ve been disgraced for the past four years of this administration. Because we have; and we’re tired of it!

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