Take Josh Hawley. Please.

I think we can say that Senator Josh “Mr. Entitled” Hawley doesn’t take criticism well.  Quint Forgey, The Hill:

Sen. Josh Hawley on Monday filed a counter-complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee against the seven Senate Democrats who had previously filed a complaint against him and Sen. Ted Cruz over the two Republicans’ objections to the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“The idea that one Senator who disagrees with another Senator can therefore have that Senator punished, sanctioned, censured, or removed is utterly antithetical to our democracy and the very idea of open, lawful debate,” Hawley (R-Mo.) wrote in a letter to the seven Democrats.

This isn’t so much about one senator disagreeing with another. It’s about one senator supporting the authoritarian takeover of the U.S. by overturning a lawful election. It’s also about one senator supporting a violent takeover of the Capitol building that might have gotten other senators killed.

It may be that Hawley assumed his challenge of the Electoral College votes was a harmless stunt that wouldn’t succeed. It may be that he didn’t realize how violent the attack on the Capitol would get. But stunts like that must not be allowed to become a standard part of our elections. Because eventually they will overturn an election. And the mob already got people killed.

Cristina Cabrera, Talking Points Memo:

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) invoked the ironclad “I know you are, but what am I?” defense on Monday with a formal demand for an ethics investigation into the Democratic senators who requested an investigation into his attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

In a complaint to the Senate Committee on Ethics that was saturated with outrage and self-victimization, Hawley accused Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tina Smith (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) of engaging in “improper conduct” by “knowingly submitting a frivolous complaint to accomplish impermissible partisan purposes.”

“The Senate cannot function if its neutral administrative processes are hijacked for bad-faith ends, but that is precisely what is occurring here,” wrote Hawley, who had voted to throw out electors from swing states that went to Joe Biden during what was supposed to be Congress’ procedural ratification of the election results.

Hawley also penned an irony-free letter to the Democrats complaining that their request was “utterly antithetical to our democracy.”

In his complaint, Hawley actually accused the Democratic senators of “Fabricating conspiracy theories to attack me for political purposes.”

Gee, imagine anybody fabricating conspiracy theories for political purposes.

Determined to make a fool of himself in public, Hawley also is complaining that free speech is being muzzled in America. Jonathan Chait:

Josh Hawley’s lifelong quest to the presidency was initially supposed to run through elite channels of conventional Republican advancement. During the last four years, the plan suddenly changed, and Hawley fashioned himself a Trumpian populist railing against his own class. Now the blueprint has changed once again. Hawley is casting himself as a dissident, a modern Mandela or Solzhenitsyn.

His manifesto has somehow been smuggled past the censors and published on the front page of the New York Post. Its headline decries “the muzzling of America,” presenting Hawley himself as the most prominent victim of a scourge threatening every American man, woman, and child.

Only in America could someone so oppressed by Big Brother get his complaints published on the front page of one of the top ten (by circulation) newspapers in the country.

Boiled down into plain English, Hawley’s “muzzling” consists of calls for resignation from some of his political opponents (and me; as a constituent I email him regularly explaining what I think of him); several of his donors have pledged to stop giving him money; and Simon & Schuster canceled his book deal, forcing him to take his manuscript to a another publisher. Solzhenitsyn should have had it so good.

Exactly which rights are being violated is a tad murky, but one of them is the infamous Right to Not Be Disagreed With that righties fervently believe is in the Constitution, somewhere. I’ve written about this before, such as here and here. See also Adam Serwer, Tribalism And Constitutional Rights, on this phenomenon.

There is also the deeply held belief in the right to a medium or venue of your choice. But, seriously, I have seen the First Amendment. That ain’t in there. There is no constitutional right to have your manuscript published by Simon & Schuster. There is no constitutional right to a Twitter account. There just isn’t. You can express your opinion freely, but if no one else wants to post or publish it, you may have to do it yourself. The First Amendment only restricts government from censoring you, not private publishing or social media companies.

But Hawley knows this good and well. He is not stupid. He has a fancy-shmancy law degree; he clerked for Chief Justice Roberts. He just thinks he is entitled to not suffer the consequences of his own bad actions.

See also:

Steve Benen, MSNBC, Already in a ditch, Josh Hawley finds a shovel, keeps digging

6 thoughts on “Take Josh Hawley. Please.

  1. I feel better after reading this.

    Now I know for sure that I'm a better person than I sometimes think myself to be – and I need to occasionally give a bit of credit to myself.

    First, I'd like to believe that if the situations were reversed somehow, and I was JUSsshhh Whiney… Josh Hawley, I would never align myself with tRUMP to go along with the protest procedure Cruz and others had agreed to.

    But let's say I had a really stupid day, and I agreed.

    And soon after, as I'm speaking about questioning the voting results from other states, the Capitol building is over-run, sacked, by many multitudes of tRUMP's MAGAts!

    When that vote came up again after the seditious riot, I'm yelling to the whole Senate,  "NO! I'M DONE!!! I'M OUT!!!! I'M FINISHED!!!!! NO!!!!!  Not after THAT.

    And then after making it clear that my name's not going to be added to the list – no matter what the presiDUNCE said or threatened – I'd sit down to reflect a bit, and in my head, begin to compose a Lincolnesque mia-culpa letter.

    I'd apologize for my ambition, my poor critical thinking skills, just….  A lot.  I'd apologize profusely for letting others think that I'm an asshole.  A true asshole.  An asshole to the extent of being indistinguishable from a real asshole's asshole:  Ted Cruz!

    But the real Halwey's doubling-down on the assholish assholic assholery!

    Congrat's, Son.

    You're a real psychopath!

    Senator, are there any dangerous hobbies you'd like to pursue until 2024!


  2. You almost want to keep giving this twit more rope so he can hang himself. As AOC put it

    You were given prime space to say this in a billionaire-run rag that specifically amplifies right-wing views, part of a entire subsidized industry of right-wing outlets.

    You’re not “muzzled,” Hawley. You’re just deeply unpopular, and aided insurrection.

    And you need to resign.

    Did I mention I love AOC? And Bill Maher, New Rule: Hello, Douchebags!

    • I thought that AOC's Geneva Convention retort to Ted Cruz's comment about Biden siding with the citizens of Paris with our rejoining of the Paris climate agreement was absolutely brilliant. It not only exposed Cruz's xenophobic pandering, it also exposed the stupidity of his deception.

      touche! I like her a lot also.. I think she's the real deal.

  3. The chances of Hawley voting for impeachment of T**** is so low you could not get Vegas to take odds on it.  This will not change given any set of evidence presented, as with 100s of witnesses saying under oath they were convinced they were operating under direct orders from T**** himself.  

    Hawley, and a good number of Republican Senators are no longer conservatives, they have gone full ditto head.  This means no deviation from the official party line will go unpunished, and unlike horseshoes and hand grenades, close may just not be good enough.  Jeff Flake is by most considered a pure conservative.  He is now being censured by Arizona's Republican Party for not being a pure ditto head.  Now, it seems, If you don't walk like T****, talk like T****, … you are subject to censure by your own party.  Oh and you will be on your own in the next primary.  Hawley is right, he has no freedom.  He just fails to admit the great majority of restrictions on him are from his own party.  It is a split party, however, and a select few are allowed deviation  from ditto head status.  I fear Hawley thinks he can achieve the status of the head which must be dittoed.  He is not without contenders for that role, and they are all venomous snakes. 


  4. Josh Hawley: Further evidence that conservatism has never, ever, ever been about anything but feelings.

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