Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a little exasperated with Fox News and with House Republicans after one of the loudest, Rep. Lauren Boebert, was thrown out of a theater production of Beetlejuice after vaping, recording the performance, and fondling her date. That’s normally the sort of behavior that would result in a humiliated resignation, but as we all know, Republicans can break basic social norms with abandon.
And it is just so, so tiring. In a TikTok video, she said:
All I gotta say is, I can’t go out to lunch in Florida in my free time, not doing anything, just eating outside, and it’s wall-to-wall Fox News coverage. And then you have a member of Congress engaging in sexually lewd acts in a public theater—and they got nothing to say.
I danced to [the band] Phoenix once in college, and it was, like, all over the place. But putting on a whole show of their own at Beetlejuice and it’s—and there’s nothing? I’m just saying be consistent. That’s all I’m asking for. Equal treatment. I don’t expect it—but come on.
Yes, we all know the same people shrieking over books about crayons or that Anne Frank once wrote “penis” in her diary won’t have a thing to say about a Republican being tossed out of a theater for pawing her date in an audience full of families. Fascism means you get to break rules far in excess of what you’d tolerate from the powerless. That’s the whole deal.
And yes, we know it won’t change. Democrats can’t throw Boebert out of Congress, and Republicans won’t have a peep to say about it, but at the least Democrats need to avoid the news channel that’s as infamous for brushing off repulsive Republican behaviors as it is for creating faux-scandals when a Democrat goes to lunch.
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We did it! And it’s all thanks to Molech! We’re devoting this week’s episode of “The Downballot” to giving praise to the dark god himself after New Hampshire Democrat Hal Rafter won a critical special election over Republican Jim Guzofski, the loony toons pastor who once ranted that liberals make “blood sacrifices to their god Molech.” Democrats are now just one seat away from erasing the GOP’s majority in the state House and should feel good about their chances in the Granite State next year. Republicans, meanwhile, can only stew bitterly that they lack the grassroots fundraising energy provided by Daily Kos, which endorsed Rafter and raised the bulk of his campaign funds via small donations.