Sen. Josh Hawley Is a Pathetic Weenie

Great bit of work from Chris Hayes’s show last night.

What makes Hawley even more pathetic is that back on January 4 — an auspicious date, come to think of it — Hawley had a meltdown over protesters outside his home. The Associated Press reported,

Protesters who gathered outside the Virginia home of Republican Sen. Josh Hawley Monday evening were peaceful and they left when police explained they were violating local picketing laws, police said Tuesday. The Missouri senator on Twitter accused the protesters of vandalism and threatening his family.

Officers were called to Hawley’s home in Vienna, a Washington suburb, around 7:45 p.m. after someone reported that there were “people protesting in front of the house.” Officers who responded to the scene found that the “people were peaceful,” said Master Police Officer Juan Vazquez, a spokesman for the Town of Vienna Police Department.

The demonstrators said they went to Hawley’s home because he said he would object when Congress convenes Wednesday to affirm Joe Biden’s election victory.

Vazquez said the protesters had been violating several laws, including a Virginia code about picketing in front of a house, a town ordinance about making noise in front of a home and a littering code. But he said the officers explained the violations and “everyone just left.”

“There were no issues, no arrests,” he said. “We didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”

Hawley accused the group of threatening his family.

“Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. “They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

In short, Hawley is a pathetic weenie in a tightly taylored weenie suit.

And, of course, we all remember this proud moment in the life of the Missouri freshman senator, just two days later:

Unlike some other senators — Rand Paul and Ron Johnson come to mind — Hawley isn’t stupid. He’s a moral and ethical vaccuum with the integrity of sawdust, but he’s not stupid. This is calculated. He thinks that acting like a right-wing jerkwad will make him president some day. If he destroys the United States in the process, that’s just collateral damage to him.

He’ll never be POTUS — I prayerfully hope — but he may be a senator from Missouri for a long time, alas. This sort of crap sells around here. I’m beginning to think Anheuser-Busch products are rotting people’s brains.

11 thoughts on “Sen. Josh Hawley Is a Pathetic Weenie

  1. He’s a moral and ethical vaccuum with the integrity of a storm drain, but he’s not stupid.

    Not to quibble with your accurate assessment of Hawley's character but, most storm drains at least have structural integrity. And to say he's not stupid confuses the distinctions between intelligence and stupidity. Just my opinion…to cast off moral and ethical values in a quest for political positioning and power is stupid. 

  2. And that, Swami, means Joke Ho-hawley is stupid.

    And a psychopath.

    And liable to be MO's Senator for a long while.


    I'll keep the light on in NY for you, maha, in case you need to go on the lam sometime in the future.


  3. There is a trend for State Governments is to  try to have their cake and eat it too.  When the politics is one  on which they want to wield power they do, and when they don't they want the locals to wield power they would rather not handle, the dirty work.   Hawley obviously wants to add the federal level in this play, however, education is by in large delegated to the state.  It would certainly be an assistance to states to provide a nation wide security provision for those locals who are at a low but wildly important level of elected officials.  They are one's only recourse to in conflicts with the school administration for a child's or group of children's parents to appeal for intervention.    

    Hawley obviously want's local school district officials to cower to right wing terrorists.  For other parents you will have to be civil when attempting to influence your local school board on issues not on the favored list of the Über right,  If you elect the right people locally, they should be open to reasonable argumentation at many acceptable levels, argument to ethics, morals, reason, tradition, local custom, and of course the law.  They must not be expected to endure the lowest form of argumentation, that of the terroristic form of argumentum ad baculum.  Those who attempt such tactics need to be subject to federal levels of prosecution and justice.  

    Oh what an icon of hypocrisy that Josh Hawley reveals himself to be.

    Education has enough problems without a Hawley problem.  

  4. After the failure of Jan 6, somebody decided that insurrection at the national level won't work. 600 arrests prove they are right in that assessment. More critically, Jan 6 proved that federal cops will stand up against the Proud Boys and their kind. (This was not what they expected.)

    So they shifted the battle to the local level. This is a test. Can they drive out local officials with death threats without being prosecuted? School boards are at the far opposite end of the spectrum from Congress. The lowest elected office in the country is the school board. The change in strategy doesn't look accidental to me. If they can force out school board members who would impose health safety restrictions, then how high up the political ladder can they go? 

    Did Biden realize that the local police may not have the resources or the integrity to go after Proud Boys? Preventing the local insurgent from getting a foothold is a damn good idea. Now watch the election boars.

    • Excellent point Doug, the bonkers right will pick on small and weak school districts that have little defense for outside elements of well trained activists.  This is true in spades if they use tactics of terror without consequence.  Remember here we are talking about threats of violence toward a public official or their family.  Overt verbal threats with apparent intent to manipulate and influence these public figures with fear.  This type of behavior is well outside of needed levels of civility.  

      What will happen, if such behavior continues without consequence, is that school boards will make themselves more insulated from those parents that have legitimate concerns and need a forum to address them in a civil manner.  This is the opposite of what good governance requires and counterproductive to  education.  

      • How about this? They will refuse to testify. The House refers them to DOJ for prosecution. DOJ decides to hold them in jail for contempt of Congress until they testify OR for 18 months. (That's how long they held a Clinton associate who would not answer questions from aa Grand Jury.)

        They sue for release five minutes after arrest and of course the court agrees until the  "issue' of  whether a subpoena  from Congress is binding. The A/G refuses to release them on the basis he's not sure if a court order is binding. The courts have no way to compel  obedience. 

        The court will freak! How DARE anyone question their authority. Two-way street. You treat the Congress and their authority like 3-day-old leftovers and you want absolute compliance??!! 

        Republicans aren't the only ones who have straight-armed questions by Congress. It's BS from either party. Yes, you may testify with your lawyer present and refuse if you have grounds. If you don't have grounds, you should know you're flirting with criminal charges.

        It's time for the courts to affirm that. If they are willing to play games for three years, they are castrating Congress. Time for the courts to feel some push-back. 

  5. Speaking of pathetic weenies… What about Tom Cotton comes a courting?

     Golly, Beccah. I've taken you to a young Republican meeting on our first date. I've expended a considerable amount in buying you a cheeseburger with fries on our second date. So, I think it's now time to advance to the carnal knowledge phase of our courtship.

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