Toe the Party Line

In today’s Republican Party, you have to toe the party line. You have to play by their rigid, uncompromising rules or you have to pay. Let me give you an example.

Today, a New York Republican congressman, Chris Jacobs, whose district in a Buffalo suburb near the grocery store where 10 Black residents were killed in a mass shooting a few weeks ago, has abandoned his campaign for re-election after his support for a federal assault weapons ban caused a GOP backlash.

Jacobs, serving his first term in the House of Representatives, stunned fellow Republicans by embracing a federal assault weapons ban and limits on high-capacity magazines. Jacobs said, “I can’t in good conscience sit back and say I didn’t try to do something.”

It took only seven days for political forces to catch up with him. There was an intense backlash from party leaders, who started pulling their support of Jacobs. A local gun rights groups doxed him by posting his phone number and address on the internet. And he was subjected to a “forceful dressing down” from Donald Trump, Jr. Ooh!

Rather than backing away from his support for a federal ban on assault weapons, Jacobs announced that he would abandon his re-election campaign. Imagine, a Republican politician with a conscience and scruples. No wonder his party is shunning him.

This situation demonstrates that Republican Party officials and activists will not tolerate any deviation whatsoever from their lawmakers on gun policy, despite broad support for gun safety measures by Americans.

18 thoughts on “Toe the Party Line

  1. Lou Carreras June 3, 2022 / 4:41 pm

    Curious that someone like Jacobs is still a Republican. Republican more and more means right wing nut case. Surely there must be enough towards the center in the party to create something that is not quite so rabidly doctrinaire?

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    • Fandango June 3, 2022 / 10:34 pm

      There used to be a species of politician called a moderate Republican, but that species is now extinct.

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    • Fandango June 3, 2022 / 10:39 pm

      Yes, and it’s so hard to fathom, but it is today’s reality in the Republican Party.

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  2. Marleen June 3, 2022 / 9:31 pm

    Well, bummer. I would’ve hoped he could continue with small-dollar contributions.

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    • Fandango June 3, 2022 / 10:41 pm

      The Republican machine would have put all its muscle behind a primary challenger.

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      • Marleen June 4, 2022 / 3:28 pm

        Congress Won’t [address] mass shootings, but I know who could

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  3. Nope, Not Pam June 4, 2022 / 4:50 am

    Here in Australia, people quit the party and run as independents.

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  4. jilldennison June 4, 2022 / 9:57 pm

    And we wonder why the GOP is now the party of trash. As I said in my own post about Mr. Jacobs, they eat their own … if an honest person of integrity happens into the Republican Party, they will chew him up and spit him out. They no longer deserve the title “Grand Old Party” for there is nothing grand about them.

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  5. rugby843 June 11, 2022 / 11:38 am

    Of course it was right on—my fingers refuse to stop the I and O mistakes – well that’s my excuse anyway- have a good one🙄

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