• How About the Other Side? The GOP’s Circular Firing Squad Is at It Again

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    Surge Summary: As usual, members of the GOP are quick to go after some of their own. Where is similar intra-party criticism from Democrats to members of their caucus who deserve it?

    by Gary Bauer

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is starting a new political action committee to “take [the Republican Party] back.”  Back to what?  Back to the John McCain Party or the Mitt Romney Party with a platform that boiled down to “I’m going to cut your mother’s Social Security check and send your son off to war”?

    Kinzinger is already something of an endangered species.  He’s one of just five Republican members of Congress from Illinois.  Is that because the Illinois GOP has been a Trump party for decades?  No.  It’s actually been a RINO party for years.

    The Grand Old Party had been shrinking for decades.  It was the Tea Party that began to revitalize the GOP, and it was Trump’s America First movement that drew 10 million more voters to the party last November.

    Mitch McConnell has decided that the most important thing he can do for the party is to side with Rep. Liz Cheney, who is struggling to survive the backlash in Wyoming.

    McConnell also went after an admittedly edgy congresswoman from Georgia, who has embraced some conspiracy theories that are troubling, including questioning whether any plane was involved in the 9/11 attacks.  McConnell says someone with such views is like a “cancer” in the party.  I understand his concern.

    But I remember during the Bush years when prominent Democrats publicly accused President Bush of allowing 9/11 to happen to justify going to war in Iraq to grab Middle East oil.

    Many Democrats promoted the conspiracy theory that the rescue effort after Hurricane Katrina was deliberately sabotaged because the Bush Administration didn’t want to help black people.  And, of course, a lot of Democrats promoted the conspiracy theory that Russia elected Donald Trump.

    The Democrats in Congress promoting these conspiracies were never attacked by their party’s leaders. Will any leading Democrat today condemn [deputy spokeswoman at the Biden State Department. Jalina] Porter for the “cancer” of her anti-police hatred that is so prevalent on the left today?  I’m not holding my breath.  Meanwhile, the GOP’s circular firing squad continues.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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