Gosar the Gosarian (Open Thread)

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who knows something about deadly cults, is introducing a resolution (cosponsored by several other Dems) to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, the raving kook who recently tweeted a cartoon meme depicting himself killing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking the POTUS. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

“For a Member of Congress to post a manipulated video on his social media accounts depicting himself killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden is a clear cut case for censure. For that Member to post such a video on his official Instagram account and use his official congressional resources in the House of Representatives to further violence against elected officials goes beyond the pale, ” the Members said. “As the events of January 6th have shown, such vicious and vulgar messaging can and does foment actual violence. Violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon meant to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life, with women of color disproportionately impacted. Minority Leader McCarthy’s silence is tacit approval and just as dangerous.”

Good, and I’m especially pleased they called out Minority “Leader” Kevin McCarthy, whose gutless toadying makes a mockery of his title. But I wonder what else can be done? I think it takes a 2/3rds majority to expel a member, and there aren’t that many (or maybe any) decent Republicans in the House. Perhaps it’s worth getting reps on the record with a vote to expel their squinty lunatic colleague anyway; I don’t know.

I’ve heard Congress is exempt from regulations that compel businesses to ensure a safe work environment for employees. That’s a pity.

Charlie Pierce wrote something the other day that rang true for me: “The level of violence humming barely below the surface of our politics is intensifying.” Do y’all feel it too?

Open thread.


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