Ten months ago the Republican Party assumed a sliver-thin majority in the House of Representatives. That entitled them to choose the Speaker of the House and control all of the business that is conducted, including what legislation is considered and passed. Performed responsibly, it's an opportunity to shape the direction of the country and to serve the people's interests.
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Unfortunately, expecting Republicans to perform responsibly is just too much to hope for. After an unprecedented fifteen votes to elect Kevin McCarthy as Speaker, they spent eight months of aimless meandering during which they achieved nothing of substance. They barely kept the country from a devastating default on its debt. And they merely delayed a government shutdown because they are unable to pass routine appropriations bills. The only thing they seem to be any good at is holding partisan hearings designed to smear President Biden and the Democrats.
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More recently, Republicans ousted Speaker McCarthy and spent three weeks trying to elect a replacement. Finally, they settled for MAGA Mike Johnson, perhaps the most extreme right-winger to ever sit in the Speaker's chair. Now the Washington Post is reporting that Speaker Johnson has had a preconceived agenda to weaponize Congress in order to damage Biden's prospects for reelection. The Post found that...
"In a closed-door meeting with House GOP moderates this week, [Johnson] indicated that there is insufficient evidence at the moment to initiate formal impeachment proceedings, according to people who attended the meeting. [But] Johnson appeared to agree with Republican lawmakers who argued that since Biden’s polling numbers have been so weak, there is less of a political imperative to impeach him."
There are two disturbing revelations in this. First, Johnson doesn't actually believe his prior insistence that Biden is likely guilty of impeachable crimes. He's just been saying that to satisfy his rabidly anti-Biden House GOP caucus. And secondly, Johnson is admitting that the real purpose of the impeachment inquiries that he has supported were to hurt Biden, but that since Biden's polling has declined, so has the "political imperative to impeach him."
This is reminiscent of former GOP Speaker McCarthy bragging on Fox News that the Benghazi probe’s purpose was to politically hurt Hillary Clinton. In May McCarthy's lackey, James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, made similar boasts on Fox News about the current Biden/Trump match up saying that...
"You look at the polling, and right now Donald Trump is 7 points ahead of Joe Biden and trending upward, Joe Biden’s trending downward. [because] the American people are keeping up with our investigation."
What is abundantly clear is that everything that Republicans have been doing with regard to investigations of Biden has been solely to denigrate Biden's character and record. And they are arrogant enough to actually confess their ethically-challenged tactics on national television. They couldn't care less about alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors," which they haven't been able find any of anyway.
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Even after acknowledging their nefarious motives, Republicans are persisting in their campaign of slander against the President. Comer just issued subpoenas for Hunter Biden and James Biden, and requested voluntary closed-door interviews with other Biden family members. Never mind that they have no evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing by any member of the family.
This is just the latest effort to defame Biden and, ultimately, to help Trump, for whom there actually is ample evidence of criminal activity (four indictments on 91 felony charges). No wonder Republicans in Congress are so obsessed with disparaging Biden. Look at who their candidate is, and what his problems are.