Republican Representative George Santos of New York was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday of last week. The vote was 311-114-2-8. This was the third attempt at expulsion, (keep in mind that Santos didn’t take his seat until January of this year). I’d like to list the 112 Republicans who voted to keep Santos in office. 8 (split 5-3 Republicans to Democrats) did not vote; I’ll comment one on. Then I’d like to explore the motivation for some of the votes. (Even a political junkie like me isn’t comfortable ascribing motivations to many of the back benchers.) Totally perplexing to me are the two Democrats who voted “Present”.
I recorded Wednesday night’s GOP debate; then I deleted it unwatched. That was not a mistake. I’ll explain that and make some other observations about today’s Republican party in the following paragraphs.
Former. In today’s politics that may be the word most desired before your name. I’ll give you four examples of that today. (And much more!)
Are you frustrated with the pace (and at this point too often lack) of justice for Donald Trump and the January 6th insurrectionists? If so, count yourself among the many. It’s coming and, in some cases, has already occurred. Seriously! We found that out again last week.
Last week was again a week with a lot of competition for the biggest political story of the week but I’m choosing the conviction of four members of the Proud Boys on seditious conspiracy. They were also found guilty of other felonies and other Proud Boys were also found guilty of lesser felonies. These verdicts were not lone occurrences but additions to previous convictions. Keep in mind that seditious conspiracy is seldom charged because it is nearly impossible to get a conviction on it. Seditious conspiracy carries a possible penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
This article was written well ahead of scheduled publishing in order to accommodate my travel plans.
The above disclaimer is especially warranted on this article. It seems the story of Trump associated scandals can’t rest for more than a few hours at a time. Exactly where it is going and where it will stop is beyond me. However, I am firmly convinced that an earnest attempt(s) to punish him must be made even if it fails and that other than in the court of informed and objective public opinion he skates.