How far will Kevin McCarthy and Republicans go to even the score?
For lo these many years, Democrats acted as if their reign of terror against the ever-dangerous Donald Trump and the rising MAGA movement would be free of consequence. They believed that the impunity and relentlessness with which they waged war against Trump from the moment he was elected president would exact no price. Joe Biden and company carried on as if their salad days of MAGA-bashing, reaching a pinnacle with the 2020 election, would know no end, and that they would never ultimately be held to account for their behavior. After all, Trump is just so easy to scandalize, and the Democrats all but control the media messaging that matters most. They still think they’re sitting pretty.
Boy, are they in for a rude awakening. They will soon learn the same lesson most of us do at one time or another in life: Payback is the pits.
After controlling the narrative ever since the onset of the pandemic almost three years ago, allowing them to power-drive the final nail into Trump’s coffin, Democrats have now been stripped of their ability to sweep their actions under the rug. Sure, big media will do their best to shield this president from the political consequences of his metastasizing classified-documents scandal and the investigation cyclone Speaker Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) and House Republicans are unleashing as we speak. But even The New York Times will be forced to report in some way on probes into everything from Hunter Biden’s laptop to the scandalous collapse of the US southern border to left-wing censorship and the long-suspected but now-proven government collusion with social media.
Will Democrats Pay for Their Scorched-Earth Behavior?
Just days into his speakership, McCarthy has already established the new Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government to look deeply into federal agencies — from the FBI to the military — engaging in prohibited political activity. He has seen articles of impeachment filed against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and announced that the notorious trio of Trump-deranged Democrats – Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) — will be removed from plum committee assignments. And fittingly in these days of bitter partisan politics gone wild, there are even plans to form a committee to investigate a former committee — the Jan. 6 panel.
If McCarthy and his House caucus are looking to exact an eye for an eye and even the score for the Democrats’ full-strength, unending exploitation of their majority status, then they would answer yes to a number of questions: Would they impeach Biden over a phone call to a foreign leader they find unacceptable? Would they impeach him after he leaves office? Would they conspire with Elon Musk to censor left-wing content on Twitter? Would they assemble a one-sided Hollywood production to magnify the sins of Biden, as Democrats did to Trump with their Soviet-style J6 Committee? Would they support draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for naked political advantage in the run-up to an election?
The overarching question is whether Republicans will criminalize political differences as leftists have done to a fault. Will McCarthy and Republicans act like Nancy Pelosi and Biden and declare left-wing Democrats a threat to democracy? Will they classify tens of millions of voters who pulled the lever for their opponents as extremists? Will they call for an FBI raid on Biden’s home to recover the classified documents we now know are stored there, as they were at Mar-a-Lago? Will they demand the release of Biden’s tax returns, after Pelosi broke with long-standing policy and did the dirty deed to Trump on her way out of the Speaker’s office? Will they raise the specter of applying the 25th Amendment to remove the cognitively challenged Biden from the presidency as the Dems did with Trump?
Of course, the answer to these questions is no. But the fact that the Democrats’ answer was yes when they controlled the entirety of the federal government is all you need to know about the lengths they were willing to go to kneecap Trump and his movement — and the overwhelming temptation for House Republicans to now respond in kind.