Back in 2011, David Roberts wrote that Republicans had become the "post-truth" party.
[Republicans] talk about cutting the deficit even as they slash taxes on the rich and launch unfunded wars. They talk about free markets even as they subsidize fossil fuels. They talk about American exceptionalism even as they protect fossil-fuel incumbents and fight research and infrastructure investments.
In short, Republicans have mastered post-truth politics. They’ve realized that their rhetoric doesn’t have to bear any connection to their policy agenda.
Fast forward to 2023 and we see that, for Republicans, their rhetoric doesn't have to bear any connection to reality.
- While in office, Donald Trump told over 30,000 lies.
- Representative George Santos lied about pretty much everything.
- Filings from the lawsuit Dominion brought against Fox
Newsshow that the Republican propaganda network is a completely dishonest organization.
Of course, a party based on lies can flourish if two conditions are met:
- Their supporters exist in an epistemic bubble where they're protected from reality, and
- They are in the minority and all they have to do is lob accusatory bombs at the opposition.
Jordan is chairing the select subcommittee on the "weaponization of government" whose goal is to scrutinize the "concerted effort by the government to silence and punish conservatives at all levels.” So far, things aren't going great.
- Axios published at article with the headline: "Jim Jordan scrambles amid claims 'weaponization' probe is a dud."
- Mike Davis, former chief counsel for nominations for then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), wrote in a tweet thread: "This is doomed to fail."
- Jeff Carlson, co-host of "Truth Over News" on EpochTV, tweeted, "Is it once again all talk and no action from the ... Weaponization Committee?"
News' Jesse Watters said: "Make me feel better, guys. Tell me this is going somewhere."
- On Steve Bannon’s program, a conservative guest described the “weaponization” committee as “a failure,” adding, “Jim Jordan is just not a serious person.”
- Dana Milbank wrote that "It is possible that, by random chance, one of the witnesses may have said something that is factually true, but any pellet of accuracy was lost amid all the errant slugs that ricocheted crazily out of their muzzles."
- Writers at the Bulwark noted that, "once again, Jordan’s investigative weapon was loaded with blanks. And he was hunting dead game anyway."
It would be no more productive for House Republicans to create a select subcommittee to investigate Bigfoot. They could hire dozens of investigators, depose countless witnesses, hold hours of hearings, and send out a steady stream of subpoenas, but in the end, things that don’t exist can’t be found.
The whole premise of the committee is based on a myriad of lies Republicans have been telling for years now. The moral of this story is that, when liars have to step out of their epistemic bubble into the sunlight of the real world, it's not a pretty picture.