I don’t write about politics much. Do we really need another hot take from somebody whose opinion doesn’t matter? Nope. But this one has a local angle.
If you didn’t already know that Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are a couple of loud mouthed assholes, all you had to do was see them during President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The pair spent the speech heckling the president and generally making a spectacle of themselves.
There was a time when you would never of heard of a couple of first term Congressional nobodies, but social media and today’s overheated political climate have changed all that. Now you can just get elected and become a star.
These two are loose cannons and they’ve made it work for them.
This seems to be what Liz Joy has her eye on in the race for Congress in New York’s 20th. She’s seen how political unknowns can skyrocket to prominence these days by putting on a good show, and if you get elected, the sky’s the limit. Becoming a national figure can open the door to higher office, but lets not forget about the book deals, paid appearances, cable news gigs — you get the idea. All this with no prior experience or much in the way of qualifications.
This is by no means strictly a Republican thing. You don’t have to be a right winger to see the possibilities. It’s just a different audience.
You might say it’s all a lot of harmless theatre, but one of these days things will go sideways.
The world has shrunk, and now tiny people can appear as large as they’d like. I’d feel more comfortable if it were just an optical illusion.