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Mon Nov 29, 2021, 06:38 PM Nov 2021

How Rep. Nancy Mace's two-facedness enables GOP covid madness

As long as there have been politicians, they have tailored their messages to the audience in front of them: Assure the rich donors that their wealth will be protected, tell the regular folk that they’ll fight the power, convince the Society of Left-Handed Haberdashers that they’re passionate about the issue of tariffs on imported felt.

But Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) set some kind of speed record for two-facedness on Sunday. First she went on Fox News to belittle vaccinations and tout “natural immunity” as the better alternative — i.e., getting a disease that has already killed nearly 800,000 Americans — and then on the same day she went on CNN to say “I have been a proponent of vaccinations.”

It might seem inconsequential, the kind of thing that makes people cynical about politicians. But it’s a perfect example of how even Republican officials who are considered the sensible ones — as Mace is — play a game that maintains their legitimacy while allowing dangerous lunacy to flourish in their party.

Here’s how it works:

1. Supposedly sane Republicans like Mace appear on mainstream media to deliver an “I support vaccines, but…” message meant to sound reasonable even as it attacks mandates, vilifies public health officials and blames any covid-related problem on President Biden.

2. More conservative Republican officials promote and amplify every loony pandemic-related idea that bubbles up through the far-right fever swamps.

3. Conservative media work tirelessly to keep the issue politicized and discourage people from getting vaccinated, prolonging the pandemic.

The role of politicians like Mace is to maintain the idea that when having discussions about the pandemic we should continue to treat Republicans as legitimate interlocutors who have something worthwhile to contribute, rather than as representatives of a party that is actively working to undermine our ability to defeat the pandemic.

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How Rep. Nancy Mace's two-facedness enables GOP covid madness (Original Post) Zorro Nov 2021 OP
A big mistake from the outset is thinking, for even niyad Nov 2021 #1
Hate is the bait that works best with their base. Marcuse Nov 2021 #2
This message was self-deleted by its author ExTex Dec 2021 #3


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1. A big mistake from the outset is thinking, for even
Mon Nov 29, 2021, 08:36 PM
Nov 2021

a nanosecond, that anything with an "r" after its name, is even remotely logical, rational, reasonable, or sane.

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