Failed, one-term outgoing Congressman Madison Cawthorn (NC) decided he’d use his final speech on the floor of the House to lament that the American “disaster” he sees around him is the result of “meterosexual men” and social media.
Cawthorn, who was engulfed in controversy during his time in Congress — including a video of him humping another man’s face and crossdressing — proclaimed that men need to be men.
“Our young men are taught that weakness is strength, that delicacy is desirable, and that being a soft metrosexual is more valuable than training the mind, body, and soul! Social media has weakened us, siphoning our men of their will to fight! To rise in a noble manner, square their jaws and charge once more into the breach of line to defend what they love.”
Standing “on the precipice of disaster,” Cawthorn continued, he wanted to “ask the young men of this nation a question. Will you sit behind a screen while the storied tales of your forefathers become a myth? Or will you stand resolute against the dying light of America’s golden age?”
He ended with this absurd flourish that sounded like a line he stole from Iron John author Robert Bly and then ran past his buddy Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who allegedly thinks being a “man” means sleeping with underage girls:
Twitter users gave Cawthorn the mocking he deserved.
About the only Republican who had a good midterm election was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who won reelection with nearly 60% of the votes cast, easily beating his Democratic challenger, former governor Charlie Crist.
Within hours of the final results from the Sunshine State, DeSantis was being hailed at the 2024 Republican nominee, even if failed, one-term former president Donald Trump decided to run, which he did a few weeks later.
But is DeSantis a safe bet? According to those who know him, the Florida governor has some major drawbacks that could sink his 2024 plans long before the next election arrives.
Mark Leibovich of The Atlantic has taken a deep dive into DeSantis, and what he found should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks the governor is a sure thing. For example:
“He was standoffish in general,” the Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock, a former House colleague of DeSantis’s, told me.
“A strange no-eye-contact oddball,” Rick Wilson, a Republican media consultant, wrote on Resolute Square.
“I’d rather have teeth pulled without anesthetic than be on a boat with Ron DeSantis,” says Mac Stipanovich, a Tallahassee lobbyist who set sail from the GOP over his revulsion for Trump and his knockoffs. To sum up: DeSantis is not a fun and convivial dude. He prefers to keep his earbuds in. His “Step away from the vehicle” vibes are strong.
In other words, DeSantis isn’t the least bit “smooth.” And while some might say that’s a good thing, keep in mind the the best pure politician of the past three decades was Bill Clinton, who was so smooth that some dubbed him “Slick Willie.” But despite being called “slick,” Clinton connected with people, understood how to talk to voters, and always listened to what they were saying to him. And he won the presidency by overwhelming margins in 1992 and 1996.
DeSantis is far from “smooth.” Matter of fact, he’s quite off-putting, and voters don’t tend to cast ballots for candidates they don’t like.
“I think he is going to run into some challenges,” Carlos Curbelo, a former Republican congressman from Florida who served with DeSantis in the House, told me. “It’s that question that often comes up in politics—the question of ‘Would you want to have a beer with him?’’’ This is a big-time cliché, of course, but it does feel pertinent. Will he grow on voters like a catchy song, or like mold? DeSantis “has this robotic quality that he has to shed,” Curbelo said. “Everything else checks the box. He is smart and competent and committed to his ideology. He just has to humanize himself.”
But perhaps the line that best describes DeSantis is this one, shared by a Republican consultant:
But if he truly doesn’t give a fuck, then why would anyone want to vote for him?
The ongoing tax fraud trial in New York brought against the Trump Organization is nearing a conclusion, and it now appears that three words may wind up being what the jury uses to the failed ex-president’s company guilty.
According to the New York Times, the “three little words” are “in behalf of.”
The Trump Organization is accused of having given extravagant perks (apartments, private school tuition) to top executives who never paid taxes on them even though they’re considered income. But did those executives commit the crimes “in behalf of” Trump Org.?
Prosecutors who are arguing the case before Judge Juan Merchan maintain they have presented “ample evidence” that former Trump Org. Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg was acting on behalf of the company, which is owned by the Trump family.
The fact that not claiming those fringe benefits lowered the overall tax rate for the Trump Organization (in addition to the employees who took them) is proof, according to prosecutors, that the actions were indeed done in behalf of the corporation, which makes it equally guilty under the law.
Attorneys for the former president’s company, however, disagree, suggesting that the New York law is overly vague.
But Adam S. Kaufmann, a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office for nearly 20 years, says the defense is grasping at straws, noting, “It’s not an issue I recall seeing before.”
If Trump and his company are found guilty, they could face millions of dollars in penalties and fines, and the Trump Organization could also be banned from operating the the state of New York, a move that has been called the “corporate death penalty.”
It seems that even Fox News is sick and tired of Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s refusal to answer questions, and they’re letting him know it to his face.
Case in point: Walker made an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning and insisted that he wasn’t there to beg for donations the way Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did when he was seeking reelection.
“I’m going to say this, Brian, I’m not Lindsey Graham, but you’ve got to go to TeamHerschel.com. I want everyone to go to TeamHerschel.com because they’re not going to buy this seat. They can’t win on their policies, so what they’re trying to do right now is buy this seat. Well, they’re not going to buy it. I don’t care where [Sen. Raphael Warnock] is getting his money from.”
Recent fundraising numbers show that Warnock is destroying Walker in the money race, NBC News reports:
Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock raised $52.2 million for his re-election between Oct. 20 through Nov. 16, more than doubling the fundraising total of his opponent, Republican Herschel Walker.
Warnock, the top fundraising federal candidate of the 2022 election cycle by a long-shot, spent $39.2 million over the same period, which almost doubled Walker’s spend too. The incumbent closed the period with $29.7 million banked away.
Walker still raised a significant amount over that fundraising period — $20.9 million. His campaign spent $16.5 million and closed with $9.8 million on hand.
Walker also told host Brian Kilmeade:
Kilmeade wrapped up the interview by telling Walker, “Herschel, best of luck. It’s a sprint to Dec. 6. Thanks so much for joining us.”
Once again, Walker begged for money:
The host ended the interview by telling Walker he sounded just like Graham asking for money:
When Graham was up for reelection in 2020, he went on Fox and whined:
It’s not easy being Lauren Boebert. After all, the Colorado Republican congresswoman isn’t really bright enough to use a cell phone, and yet she owns one and uses it to post regularly on social media.
And that’s how Boebert got busted using her iPhone as she was posting a tweet criticizing Apple for daring to suggest the company might remove Twitter from the App Store because extremist content on the social media site has skyrocketed since Elon Musk bought Twitter last month.
Elon Musk on Monday went on a tear against Apple, Twitter’s top advertiser, after he said the company threatened to block the social network from its App Store without explanation and mostly had stopped advertising on Twitter.
Apple hasn’t confirmed any plans to pull Twitter, and since Musk is known to fabricate “facts” in order to generate buzz on the site, there’s some doubt as to whether or not there’s an ounce of credibility to his tweet.
But that didn’t stop Boebert from threatening Apple on Twitter, as caught by Ron Filipkowski:
That set off a wave of mockery aimed directly at the Colorado Republican, all of it well-deserved.