For Republicans, ‘Crisis’ Is the Message as the Outrage Machine Ramps Up

  • Politics
  • For Republicans, ‘Crisis’ Is the Message as the Outrage Machine Ramps Up

But a drumbeat of cries for Vice President Kamala Harris to visit a southwestern border in crisis gave way to accusations that the nation’s gasoline supply was nearing collapse, which then subsided amid demands for the firing of the government’s leading virologist, Dr. Fauci, and an investigation of the theory that the coronavirus was engineered in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, then released on the world.

Last week, the target of Republican outrage was Ms. Omar, after a tweet she posted that appeared to equate the actions of Israel and the United States with the human rights abuses of Hamas and the Taliban. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, called the tweet anti-Semitic — though it did not mention Jews or Judaism — and threatened to try to remove Ms. Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, an action they have yet to take.

Republicans are also pressing their case that the push by some progressive Democrats to “defund the police” has led directly to a very real surge in crime facing the nation’s cities.

It can get difficult to keep up with all the catastrophizing. On Tuesday, minutes after Representative Michael McCaul, the lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, warned of Moscow’s aggressive cyber attacks and a looming Russian stranglehold over Europe’s power supply, Mr. Scalise said, “I don’t know if Vice President Harris understands the crisis is not in Europe, it’s at America’s southern border, and she and President Biden created it.”

There are plans to put together some Republican policy proposals. Mr. McCarthy has assembled seven task forces: jobs and the economy; Big Tech censorship; the “Future of American Freedoms”; energy, climate and conservation; American security; “healthy future”; and China. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who leads the big tech task force, said the panels will take a year to come up with legislative and policy responses to take into the midterm elections.

“The goal is to be ready on Day 1,” should the Republicans take back the majority, she said.

For now, even Republicans who have been critical of their leaders say they have time to formulate an agenda beyond the outrage machine they are eagerly feeding. Representative Chip Roy, Republican of Texas, noted that Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America really didn’t emerge until September 1994, two months before Republicans’ resounding midterm sweep.

“There’s night-and-day difference between Republicans and Democrats, say, on border security, where we’re fairly united that we need to secure the border, and I don’t think they care,” he said. “We’re watching small businesses unable to hire people because they’re paying people more not to work. We’re pretty united on those key differences. Thematically bringing all that together and how you message that the American people, I think that’s something you work on.”

Did you like this article? You can read it and many others @ NY Times!

FRESHEST

Here's the latest news

María Belén Pérez Maurice got the surprise of a lifetime at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 36-year-old Argentinian fencer was speaking to the press after her loss against Hungarian athlete Anna Márton when her coach and boyfriend of 17 years, Lucas...

Fencer’s Coach Surprises Her With On-Camera Proposal at Olympics

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs will require 115,000 of its frontline health care workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two months, making it the first federal agency to mandate that employees be inoculated, government...

V.A. Issues Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers, a First for a Federal Agency

The NBA playoffs have concluded, but as the saying goes, basketball never stops. NBA Draft season has arrived. This year's draft class is strong at the top with potentially franchise-changing prospects such as Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham and USC's Evan...

When is the NBA Draft in 2021? Date, time, location, pick order & more to know

If you want people to trust the photos and videos your business puts out, it might be time to start learning how to prove they haven't been tampered with. Image: Lightspring/Shutterstock Great (or terrifying) moments in deepfake history: The argument...

Deepfakes: Microsoft and others in Big Tech are working to bring authenticity to videos, photos

"Wait, What" by Carlos Benzecri, available for sale until July 31 at CRUSH. Photography courtesy of XPOSED. CRUSH, an exhibit of Canadian art, runs until July 31. All proceeds go to Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQI+ individuals facing...

CRUSH Art Exhibit: Until July 31, All Proceeds Benefit Rainbow Railroad
Load More
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap