Nancy Pelosi stepped down from being the leader of House Democrats citing it’s time for younger leadership, and she wasn’t kidding. Yesterday, 52-year-old Hakeem Jeffries, a representative whose district includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, became the party’s new leader in the House. And if you think 52 is old, get off my blog. Not only is he the first black person to lead any party in Congress, but he’s also the first born after World War II. Jeffries’ next goal is to be Speaker in the next two years.
There was a lot of speculation with Pelosi stepping down that Republicans will struggle to find a booger monster, a new person to vilify, a new person to gaslight and scare their base with. I wasn’t that worried.
Republicans have been using Pelosi as campaign fodder for over two decades, but why should they stop now just because she’s stepping down from leadership? They’re still using Hillary Clinton as a villain. They’re still using President Obama. Hell, they’re still using Michelle Obama. Are they still blaming her for making children eat vegetables?
And keep in mind, they still have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Oh no! She’s gonna ban hamburgers!), Ilhan Omar (Oh no…she hates Jews almost as much as Donald Trump’s lunch companions!), and Kamala Harris (Oh no! She’s a black woman!). But as for the new guy, Republicans may struggle to lie and gaslight the guy.
Sure, they tell their supporters that all Democrats, including President Biden, are in favor of defunding the police despite it not being true, and that Critical Race Theory is being mandated in schools and the Green New Deal is destroying the economy, even though neither CRT nor GND actually exist in any schools or passed legislation. They can always fall back on “woke” again even though not one Republican in the nation can tell you what it is. It’s like Hunter’s laptop.
They’ll also have a difficult time finding a foothold to vilify Jeffries because he’s not their favorite type of target. You know, female. He is black and that’s helpful if your aim is to scare white conservatives, but it’d be so much easier if he had a vagina. They’re gonna have to come up with some shit like they did with President Obama, like pointing out he has a funny name and lie that he’s a Muslim. Avoid gray suits and Dijon mustard on hamburgers, Hakeem. They’ll use anything.
Like with Obama, Republicans are going to have a tough time hitting Jeffries because he’s a genuinely nice guy who’s scandal-free. It’s not like he has five kids with three wives and ran fake charities and universities while claiming he can sexually assault women because he’s famous. He was born in Brooklyn but maybe Republicans can start demanding to see his birth certificate while claiming he was born in Djibouti.
The trick with the GOP base isn’t an actual trick at all. You just have to make an accusation once and after Hannity or Tucker says it, it becomes “fact” to the Yee-Haw base. I mean, how did they manage to sell that Biden liking ice cream means something evil? Bwahahahahaha ice cream. Yeah, I don’t get it.
I think Democrats made a great pick by selecting Hakeem Jeffries to be their next House leader as he’s proven he can count votes and has been for the past several years to attain this position. The other reason he’s a great pick is that he’s clean, as in the GOP will have to make up some serious bullshit to vilify the guy. The liberal faction in the House believes Jeffries is a moderate. How are they going to paint him as being a radical liberal when the radical liberals will reply, “Yeah, we wish”?
Maybe they can make up something about him exposing himself to teenage girls at bowling alleys, oh wait. That’s Lauren Boebert’s husband. Maybe they can say he didn’t graduate high school and never went to college…oh wait, That’s Lauren Boebert.
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