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Anything That Makes Adam Kinzinger Happy Is Objectively Bad for America

Posted on | October 17, 2023 | Comments Off on Anything That Makes Adam Kinzinger Happy Is Objectively Bad for America

In 2021, the Democrat-controlled legislature of Illinois did the nation a huge favor. In redrawing their state’s congressional districts, Illinois legislators lumped together parts of the 16th and 18th districts, thereby setting up a possible Republican primary between two incumbents, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (from the old 16th District) and Rep. Darin LaHood (from the old 18th). There was never any doubt who would win that primary in a 66% Republican district, and thus Kinzinger “retired” from Congress — immediately taking a job as a comentator on America’s least-watched news network, CNN. The anchors on CNN are always careful to introduce Kinzinger as a “former Republican congressman,” a description that is true in two senses: Kinzinger is no longer a congressman, and he hasn’t really been a Republican since November 2016, becoming a flaming bonfire of Trump Derangement Syndrome even worse than David French. So the ex-Republican ex-congressman was all over CNN today, gleefully celebrating the wretched mess in the Capitol:

CNN commentator Adam Kinzinger said Tuesday on CNN’s “News Central” that he was “very proud” of the 20 Republicans who voted against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for speaker.
Kinzinger said, “I’m impressed that there’s 20. I was worried this morning because a lot of the hard opposition to Jordan had been capitulating in the last 24 hours, like Mike Rogers from Alabama, Ann Wagner from Missouri. They were ‘hell no’ until they were all in. This is embarrassing for Jim Jordan.”
He continued, “I think this is going to be hard for him to fix. I mean the only thing I can imagine is if he starts cutting deals and those deals include things that he’s never supported in the past. For instance, if he says I’m committed to bringing Ukraine funding on the floor he may be able to peel off one or two of those. If he says I’m committed to whatever it is, I don’t know, maybe he can get to his number, but I think this is hard.”
Kinzinger added, “The easiest thing to do if you’re a Republican is to vote for Jim Jordan the first time and go away the second time. I think you could see even more peel away on the second round, or he consolidates. Who really knows? I think it’s going to be very hard for him to become speaker now.
He concluded, “That doesn’t mean they’re not going to use blistering pressure on Fox News, NewsMax, OAN to activate the base to scare the crap out of those people. There’s a lot of brave people in those 20 that I am very proud of them today.”

The fact that Kinzinger considers the anti-Jordan GOP congressmen to be “brave people” means that they are all knaves and fools. And the fact that Kinzinger hates Jim Jordan means that Jordan must be OK.

Make Jim Jordan the next speaker, and make Adam Kinzinger sad.



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