Dems just picked a fight with the wrong kind of Republican.
There’s a breed of Republican whose first line of attack is best described as preemptive surrender… for example, the ‘Mitt Romney Republican’.
Josh Hawley is NOT a Mitt Romney Republican. He’s a New Rules Republican. The kind of conservative who will force Democrats to play by their own damned rules until they cry uncle and beg for a return to traditional civility.
In other words, he plays to win, not to minimize his losses. Like we said, he’s NOT a Romney Republican.
That’s why his first response to Democrats launching an ethics complaint against him wasn’t pleading for mercy or begging for favorable terms of surrender.
No. He went on offense. (Are you guys paying attention, Federal Republicans?)
Hawley aired his grievances in two letters sent Monday morning. In one of the letters, Hawley, R-Mo., called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the seven Democrats who filed the complaint against him and Cruz, R-Texas, accusing the senators of filing “an unprecedently frivolous and improper ethics complaint… [w]ithout citing any relevant evidence or offering any good-faith argument.”
Hawley on Jan. 6 joined a House member’s objection to the Pennsylvania Electoral College votes, triggering two hours of debate in each chamber over the validity of the slate and votes on whether Congress should reject them. Cruz objected to Arizona’s electors.
“The complaint against me does not suggest that my objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes was legally improper. No Senator could make such a suggestion with a straight face. Federal law expressly authorizes Senators to object that a State’s electoral votes were not ‘regularly given,'” Hawley says in his letter to the Ethics Committee. “Democrats have repeatedly invoked this provision. Indeed, in every presidential election since 2000 that a Republican has won, Democrats have sought to object to electoral votes on that ground, regardless of whether any good-faith basis existed for such objections.”
Hawley further defended his decision to object to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes as having a “strong legal basis.”
The Democrats who filed the ethics complaint against Cruz and Hawley were Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I; Tina Smith, D-Minn.; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Maize Hirono, D-Hawaii, Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. —FoxNews
He is refusing to accept their starting premise.
He is showing how their selective outrage ignores actions Democrats have frequently taken in the past.
And he is calling them out for doing exactly the thing they are (falsely) accusing him of doing — of poisoning lawful procedures by using them for bad-faith partisan political ends to harm a political opponent.
If this guy had walk-on music it would probably be something like this:
Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
…Well I know what’s right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
But I’ll stand my ground
That’s Tom Petty’s ‘Won’t Back Down’
Not that many of today’s conformist musicians would let someone taking the rebel’s position to culture actually USE their music anymore. (Irony noted.)
But Hawley’s certainly living the spirit of the song if nothing else.
Let’s see how many other Republicans will reclaim their spines (and their balls) and do the same.
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