The GOP has a ‘crazy’ problem: Last week, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, and she concluded by stating, “The choice is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal and crazy.”
It is a sentiment that probably a vast majority of Americans may agree with – but many also are likely to see the other side as the crazy ones, and not in the way Apple’s “Think Different” commercial suggested.
That famous ad, narrated by actor Richard Dreyfuss, praised the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, and the round pegs that wouldn’t fit in square holes.
It may have suggested some see things differently and aren’t fond of rules, but those “crazy ones” understood there is still a time and a place to conform to some decorum.
The GOP Looks Pretty Crazy
The bigger issue is that she has long made some questionable comments that do seem to some as being a bit “crazy” – which she’s tried to since deny – and she rarely acts in a way that respects the dignity of the office she holds.
As an elected official, representing the people of her district in Georgia, Greene should hold herself to a higher standard but instead resorts to childish stunts like shouting at the president.
Though some may suggest she’s simply firing back at lies spewed by Biden – a man who in fairness tells many a tall tale – her tactics rarely help the GOP cause.
MTG is hardly alone in looking a bit crazy.
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From Kari Lake refusing to concede, and declaring herself the duly elected governor of Arizona, to newly elected Rep. George Santos of New York, who has basically lied about everything, the new post-Trump GOP looks hardly like the party of Ronald Reagan.
This isn’t to say that the Democrats have a shortage of crazy – their embrace of “wokeness” threatens to take the country into truly uncharted territory, while liberal-supported efforts to “defund the police” have resulted in crime waves in major cities not seen in decades.
Americans want normal.
A Pew Research study from last year found that Republicans and Democrats are increasingly critical of people in the opposing party. Majorities in both parties view members of the other party as more immoral, dishonest, and closed-minded. Each clearly sees the other as “crazy.”
The problem for the Republicans is that high-profile antics, like MTG’s stunt at the SOTU, put a spotlight on what Americas now could view as crazy – followed by remarks from a rising GOP star who literally warned, “The choice is between normal and crazy.”
Both sides agree – just not on what is normal and what is crazy.
In other words, if you want to look normal, start acting normal!
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