Don’t Interrupt Them When They’re On A Roll

The GOP is well into its first week of controlling the House of Representatives and you have got to admire their willingness to stick to their agenda, even if nothing is going to actually get passed as legislation and even if it costs them votes in 2024.

For example, on Wednesday, House Republicans voted on an abortion bill:

The House also passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in a 220-210 vote, which is aimed at compelling doctors to provide care to infants who survive an attempted abortion, a situation that is rare. Some experts say there were already protections for infants included in a 2002 law and even before that established infants have the rights of a full person. The legislation adds new penalties, including fines or imprisonment of up to five years for health-care providers who do not comply.

When the bill passed, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), who sponsored it, looked visibly emotional as she received a hug from Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) She then victoriously lifted the legislation in her hand and waved it around as her colleagues clapped.

Now here in the real world, we know that the last election turned on the abortion issu e, and that voters turned out. There’s no reason to believe that 2024 will yield different results. It’s so obvious that even a Republican House member criticized her party’s zealotry over banning abortion:

As House Republicans are set to consider a number of bills that would limit abortion access, GOP Rep. Nancy Mace (S.C.) says her party is “tone-deaf” on the issue, blasting their approach.

“We have been tone-deaf on this issue since the time that Roe was overturned,” Mace told reporters Tuesday. “We buried our heads in the sand … We didn’t have any policy alternatives.”

Oh, and you’re not going to believe this part:  she voted for both abortion measures yesterday. Or maybe you saw that coming? In either case, say hello to the Susan King of the House.

Another promise of the McCarthy speakership is that the House Republicans will examine how government was “weaponized” and used to start multiple investigations into the election fraud, insurrection, and coup plotting activities of its caucus. It’s even right there in the title:  Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

And this is how the American public feels about this particular MAGA obsession:

Here’s Jim Jordan today:

You know what he’s going to do. You have to admire the GOP resolve to shoot themselves in the foot over and over and over.

Americans also want to keep Social Security and Medicare:

Like clockwork, the House Republican caucus is on the wrong side of that issue, too, with their insistence on deep cuts to entitlement programs in exchange for not cratering the US economy.

Earlier this week House Republicans voted to strip the omnibus bill spending to hire more people at the IRS, and you know where I’m going with this:

Remember the saying “Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake.”? Let them keep talking, preferably in front of cameras and microphones.

Elvis can take it from here: