So Ron Johnson is saying that the votes of more than 1.6 million Wisconsinites are irrelevant, and that because "some (whiny, weak-minded) people have questions", and because those real numbers and legitimate votes from his own constituents gave him a result he didn't like, that we ignore reality? By that same token, shouldn't we be having hearings determining whether the world is the flat, or discuss "Who is Q", or whether some races are superior to others? After all, some are asking!
"Johnson is the ONLY senator joining the effort whose state's voters backed President-elect Joe Biden" U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin to join 10 others from GOP in refusing to certify Electoral College results https://t.co/7sevE4KOM1 via @journalsentinel— John Peterson (@democurmudgeon) January 3, 2021
But you know what Ron Johnson thinks is not worthy of hearings? Whether or not our President worked with other countries to try to spread misinformation and hack our election systems. Because why would the Chair of the Homeland Security Committee actually care about that, right? And why would RoJo want to know more about why it's taking weeks for the USPS to deliver packages in Wisconsin? That's nowhere near as important as getting to the bottom of whether quacks have ideas on "alternative treatments" that can lessen your chances of getting COVID-19! It's bad enough that garbage like Ron Johnson abuse power, but it's worse that their hairbrained thoughts and obvious coverups are portrayed as legitimate, and allowed to be amplified by "objective" media. This statement by Vox's Matt Yglesias sums up the problem.
.@chucktodd: "Plenty of people ... thought [9/11] was an inside job. How about the moon landing? Are you gonna hold hearings on that?"@SenRonJohnson: "... There's all kinds of things I'd like to hold hearings on. You have to kind of pick and choose based on priorities."— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 3, 2021
This has become one of the worst aspects of this awful last decade. The media gives more access (and therefore legitimacy) to shameless scum than in people who do things honestly and correctly. This has given a significant advantage to right-wingers, as any airtime given to their BS means that "it's out there", and allows them to frame the discussions and smear their opponents accordingly. lobbed threats and camped out on the lawns of Dem politicians for....speaking honestly and doing their jobs? When I see GOPs get rewarded for being lowlifes, while Dems have to act 5 times better just to be heard, it makes my mind go to dark places. Because it seems like shamelessness is what gets you ahead, and putting your head down, giving honest solutions, and doing a good job is ignored. It seems like the only way to break through is to be as bad as the other guys, and the only way that Republicans will stop being scum is to make them feel pain in some fashion - whether through loss of status, money, or health. In 2021, Dems have to play hardball, and have to ignore past custom of propriety. The smugness of DC Dems, which uses a West Wing-Obama mentality of "going high" as a central method of operations, allows Republicans to get worse and worse. And this country continues to slide away from what used to be a functional democracy that worked to solve real problems. Hardball may not bring us closer together, or be a long-term governing solution. But dammit, Dems and state/federal prosecutors have been given the power to take the hammer of the law and the Constitution to these whiny, dishonest jerks, along with unleashing a public barrage that summarizes what so many of us are feeling. SO DO IT.
I think this thing where TV hosts invite liars onto their show and then dunk on them for applause is weird and harmful.— Matthew Yglesias 🍦 (@mattyglesias) January 3, 2021
Why not book people worth listening to and have respectful interactions? https://t.co/rtsjotuslA
Legal questions such as, "Do we still have any laws?" https://t.co/ppWEaeGR2g— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 3, 2021