Reader's View: Republicans trying to cover for extreme positions

Politicians who project their own bad behavior onto their opponents are lying twice.

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Seeing something occur far off can help us understand something happening up close. Listening to Russian President Vladimir Putin describe the situation in Ukraine helped me understand what Republicans were apparently doing in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Putin talked about Ukrainians being Nazis. He resurrected memories off the Nazi World War II siege of Leningrad. Then he claimed that Ukraine is bombing its own cities when, of course, the truth is the exact opposite; Putin himself is orchestrating the bombing of cities and the starvation of civilians.

In the Supreme Court hearings, Republicans tried to paint Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Democrats as extremists and culture warriors. They asked questions like, “What is a woman?” and made insinuations about Jackson being sympathetic to purveyors of child pornography.

Republicans are using culture-war tactics to cover the extreme positions they are taking on issues.

Politicians who project their own bad behavior onto their opponents are lying twice. Call them out.


Jay Newcomb


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