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  • 07/28/2021
FPI / July 28, 2021


You know things are getting crazy when even the term RINO is being stood on its head in Washington.

Two GOP members of Congress are very prominently working with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead a partisan assault on their own party so transparent that the designated “R” by their names ceases to have even the paper-thin resonance accorded to pretend Republicans such as Sen. Mitt Romney. Some GOP colleagues are finally saying enough is enough.

Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming have joined Pelosi’s Jan. 6 commission, which seeks to portray all Donald Trump supporters – i.e., the overwhelming majority of grassroots Republicans – as domestic terrorists.

It begs the question: Can you even be called a RINO if you are openly seeking to criminalize the people you claim to represent?

“The reality is, they're now basically working with and for the Democrats, and so it'd be awkward for them to be sitting in our committee while we talk about policy, put, you know, strategy and how to stop bad policy from the Democrats and advance good policy from us. It'd be really awkward,” Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, quite reasonably told the Washington Examiner Tuesday.

Biggs “brought up a resolution during a House Republican conference meeting on Tuesday to expel immediately from the conference any person who sits on a committee that they were not appointed to by the Republican leader or the House Republican steering committee,” the Examiner reported.

Biggs also expressed his sentiments in a tweet attacking the pair of Pelosi partners:

He is not alone in his desire to banish the Double-Dealing Duo.

“I am extremely supportive of Representative Biggs’ resolution, which he attempted to introduce today,” Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana said in a statement. “You can’t spend halftime in the opponent’s locker room and expect the team to welcome you back for the rest of the game. I hope the GOP Conference will seriously consider this.”

Trump backers in Republican ranks should be relishing the roles currently being played by Kinzinger and Cheney in Nancy Pelosi’s menagerie. It brings the GOP one step closer to resolving deep fissures that have been present in the party for years. The two have become the face of a pre-2016 GOP that has never accepted the rise of America First populism in what had been a comfortably Swampy neoconservative nest.

Cheney, of course, is the daughter of former George W. Bush Vice President Dick Cheney. She has blood ties to the ruling oligarchy known as the Uniparty that was shaken to its core by the rise of Trump five years ago.

Kinzinger’s GOP roots go back to the “Young Guns” days of former RINO party leaders Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor. First elected to Congress in 2010, he worked with close personal friend and fellow Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock to promote the notion that a surging new generation of Republicans was passionately fired by creaky Bush-era GOP establishment framing on globalist free-market economics and a rabidly interventionist foreign policy.

From an April 2012 article in the Peoria Journal Star:

So Kinzinger and Schock have both labeled it significant that they are committing themselves to building the party. Schock – on the statewide scene for a little longer – has already been out there supporting candidates throughout Illinois, and having another young colleague pulling the same weight can only help....

“I think we have to reach outside of where we’re comfortable,” Kinzinger said. Some people, “may not agree with us on the social principles, and I understand that, but they’re fiscal conservatives.”

Instead, Trump happened. That was not the plan.

“I think Jeb’s the guy,” a flustered Kinzinger told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough in August 2015, limply trying to prop up a sagging Jeb Bush shortly after Trump had literally crashed his party.

He’s been fighting Republicans ever since.

A look at the trajectory of Kinzinger’s party career makes it far easier to understand his Pelosi canoodling today:

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