Same GOP Stupidity, New Variants

There's a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, out in the world. Not to be confused with Unicron or Galvatron, the evil Transformers voiced by Orson Welles and Leonard Nimoy respectively, and despite conspiracy theories based on idiots never learning the Greek alphabet, outside of incel culture or Joe Rogan. This new variant will inevitably make it here and cause some sort of havoc, due to the same issues we've been dealing with since 2020.

Let's see what the Sunday shows had to say about it.

CNN's 'State Of The Union'

National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins appeared on most the Sunday shows to try to get people to do the right thing and get vaccinated or boosted in the face of this new variant.

On that very same show, Dana Bash asked Arkansas GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson if he would institute vaccine mandates, as his state has the eighth lowest vaccination rate in the country, with at least half of the state still unvaccinated.

Is it really "working," governor? Because since President Joe Biden instituted his vaccine mandate for federal workers, nine of 10 federal workers and military personnel are vaccinated. I'm not a mathematician, but 90 percent seems higher than 50 percent. Considering how Hutchinson said the Delta variant has "been tough on us" and "we don't welcome a new variant," you would think he would finally take proactive measures. But just like with "trickle down" economics, being disproven constantly will never make Republicans change the religious dogma of their failed policies.

NBC's 'Meet The Press'

Speaking of fanatical religious zealotry and dogma, Chuck Todd had on Mississippi GOP Governor Tate Reeves to spew disproven vaccine misinformation with little pushback. Here is the video, cued up to Gov. Reeves's appearance.

When asked if he will reinstitute their Covid state of emergency after it expired this weekend before news of the Omicron variant, Reeves played cute with the numbers to make it look like Mississippi is more prepared than it is:

REEVES: We're certainly monitoring this new variant. We don't have all the data that we need to make decisions at this time. [...] This is a state of three million. [...] So our case numbers are way down. Our vaccination numbers continue to rise. We have 1.6 million Mississippians that have been vaccinated. That's not enough. But in talking to our state health officers, we believe that somewhere between 80-85% of Mississippians have some level of immunity, either natural immunity or immunity from having taken the shots.

Mississippi has 1.6 million out of 3 million population vaccinated. That's nearly half of its population unvaccinated, like Arkansas, but Reeves tries to play like they are more prepared for what could be a more contagious variant by doing the Aaron Rodgers immunity play to fudge the numbers up to 80-85 percent. Watching these states basically do nothing as the inevitable next wave comes to ravage their citizens is infuriating in its predictability.

But Reeves wasn't done showing he doesn't understand science, as answered questions about the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban, which the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this week. So Chuck Todd just let Reeves say this crazy shit:

Todd let Reeves lie about the efficacy of vaccines while making scientifically disproven claims on fetal development, all the while giving Reeves the "appreciate you coming on and sharing your perspective with us" treatment.

It's appalling.

'Fox News Sunday'

GOP Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, who we've spoken about before and who claims he's "Wyoming’s Doctor," seems to be utterly confused on how booster shots work.

BARRASSO: The president has divided the country because of the mandate. Now you have a couple of governors saying, oh, two shots isn't enough. Now you have to have three.

Despite Barrasso being an orthopedic surgeon and not a virologist or a general practitioner, it's pretty clear he understands how vaccines work. So, in a world where yearly flu shots are a thing, his alleged ignorance is as genuine as faux folky costumes worn by Mitt Romney or Kelly Loeffler in campaigns.

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The Sunday Shows Are Petri Dishes For Bad Politics

We watch the Sunday news shows so YOU don't have to! It's a service we provide to give peace of mind to our beloved mommyblog readers. But there is something you start to notice when you watch them constantly. But they really are just consistently full of the crappiest, most worthless political discourse in all of America.

Let's take a look at this weekend's shows!

CBS gave Ted Cruz time to spew 2020 election denial and bullshit talking points without pushback from Margaret Brennan:

If Cruz using a news show to lie "sounds like a campaign slogan," then "Face The Nation" is nothing more than an infomercial at this point.

On NBC's Meet The Press, Chuck Todd gave North Dakota GOP Senator Kevin Cramer space to make excuses for Kyle Rittenhouse.

How many people of color have been sentenced to prison for murder when they were "defending themselves" from people trying to kill them? How come "justice has been done by a jury of their peers" applies to Rittenhouse or white cops constantly, but doesn't apply for anyone else? If only we could figure this one out!

Kramer also deflected questions about GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, by asking what about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar:

On "Fox News Sunday," Bret Baier took his turn in the "rehabilitate Chris Christie" tour.

Christie, like Cramer, took some time to opine on Rittenhouse:

CHRISTIE: Justice was done in that, Bret. And -- and the jury system works. You know, I -- I was a prosecutor for seven years, and those charges should never have been brought.

He's right when he says the "system works," if by that he means a system built to protect white supremacy and punish threats to it is not "broken" when it does just that. It "works," as Christie said.

But Christie is the type who could listen to every Bruce Springsteen song 137 times and still miss every message.

Speaking of, as this tweeter says, here's a pathetic excuse for journalism, starring Dana Bash and Chris Christie.

Speaking of Dana Bash, we conclude with her CNN "State of the Union" interview with Virginia Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears.

Sears, for those unfamiliar, is a Republican who basically spewed "a noun, a verb and Marine" all the way to her election.

Bash asked Sears about her opposition to "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) being taught in Virginia schools. Sears, who was once vice president of the Virginia Board of Education, was given uninterrupted conspiracy theory time by Bash.

SEARS: I beg to differ that CRT is not taught.

BASH: I didn't say that. I just said it's not in the curriculum, just to be clear.

SEARS: It -- no, no, no, no, it is part of the curriculum. It's weaved in and out of the curriculum.

In fact, in 2015, former Governor, who was just defeated, McAuliffe, his state Board of Education had information how to teach it, so it's weaved in. So, it's semantics. But it's weaved in.

What we want to say [...] is that all of history must be taught, the good, the bad, and the ugly, because what we learn from history, Dana, is that we don't learn from history and we continue to repeat the same mistakes.

CRT, like "woke," has become this nebulous term used to fearmonger, while being divorced from what it is. Conservatives lie about how "white children are being made to feel guilty and being taught that white people are oppressors," when in reality CRT literally actually teaches "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of history. But Sears, despite saying she wants full history taught, thinks doing so is "weaving in" CRT. They want to oppose CRT while never explaining it because that would dismantle their argument.

Watch the whole interview if you want, but after spewing some crap about vaccines, Sears also refused to answer whether she was vaccinated:

SEARS: The minute that I start telling you about my vaccine status, we're going to be down the bottom of the mountain trying to figure out how we got there, because now you want to know what's in my DNA. You're going to want to know this, that and the other.

Yeah, she's full of shit.

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Sunday Shows: Profiles In GOP Cowardice

"Conservatives In Chaos!"

That's what the press would say if it treated Republicans the way they treat Democrats.

Take GOP Conference Chair Senator John Barrasso, who appeared on ABC's "This Week." After being played an audio tape of Trump being OK with people chanting, "hang Mike Pence," Barrasso still refused to outright condemn Trump.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So he says, hang Mike Pence is "common sense." Can your party tolerate a leader who defends murderous chants against his own vice president?

BARRASSO: Well -- well, let me just say, the Republican Party is incredibly united right now and it's because of the policies of this administration. And I think the more that the Democrats and the press becomes obsessed with President Trump, I think the better it is for the Republican Party. President Trump brings lots of energy to the party. He's an enduring force.

They are still referring to Trump as if he is their savior. The third coming of Republican Jesus, after Ronald Reagan and the imaginary Jesus they made up who hates everybody they hate. Trump wanted Mike Pence to overthrow the election he lost. But when Pence refused, Trump was more than happy to watch as his VP's life was in danger. That's why "hang Mike Pence" made "common sense" to him, we guess.

Barrasso insisted Pence was "safe the whole time," and that he's sure Pence didn't hear the chanting, because he personally didn't hear it. Stephanopoulos asked if it was "common sense," as Trump put it, that the insurrectionists felt this way.

Barrasso weakly conceded that it was not "common sense," while making sure to slide in a little voter fraud myth.

BARRASSO: It's -- it's not common sense. There are issues of every election. I voted to certify the election. And what we have seen on this election, there are areas that needed to be looked into, like what we saw in Pennsylvania. We all want fair and free elections. That's where we need to go for the future.

Do we all want "fair and free elections"? Because based on the slew of voting restriction laws passed by the GOP, the lack of accountability for January 6, and the continuing ass-kissing of the wannabe authoritarian, we're pretty sure we're not on the same page about this.

Stephanopoulos tried again:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're not going to criticize President Trump for those views?

BARRASSO: I don't agree with President Trump on everything. I agree with him on the policies that have brought us the best economy in our -- my lifetime. And I'm going to continue to support those policies and continuing to work to stop what Joe Biden is doing to this country, which I believe is almost irreversibly bad.

Well then.

Speaking of "irreversibly bad" Biden decisions, we guess one of them is trying to end the pandemic, at least if you listen to GOP Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on "Fox News Sunday."

The Biden administration, in an effort to keep Americans safe, instructed the Labor Department to require employees be either vaccinated or tested weekly. After playing a clip of Paxton saying companies should "care of their own businesses, take care of their own workers," host Chris Wallace asked the obvious question.

WALLACE: You said that you think that Texas company, businesses, should take care of their own workers. Is that consistent with the governor's executive order and your enforcement of that order which bans companies from taking care of their own workers as they see fit?

You should hear Paxton stammer and make excuses, explaining why it's tyranny for the federal government to mandate vaccines but totally cool for his state government to mandate private businesses not take care of their employees.

And if you think he's being inconsistent about that, you'll be absolutely not shocked how he dodges questions about Texas's batshit abortion ban. Because in Texas, It's your choice to carry a deadly disease that can kill you or others, but not your choice whether you have to stay pregnant or not.

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