Whatever 23-year-old cornfed Nazi tweets things out on Chuck Grassley’s account offered this to his bovine-like supporters yesterday:
Cassidy (doctor from Louisiana)
Collins (furrowed brow)
Hawley (the Volk need medicine)
Hyde-Smith (Louisiana and Mississippi have the highest diabetes rates in the nation, along with Alabama and Almost Heaven)
Murkowski (not a monster)
Sullivan (not sure what the deal is here, maybe Murkowski talked to him)
As for Grassley’s vote and subsequent straight-up lie about it in the age of Google and Social Media, Hannah Arendt on mass psychology under totalitarianism:
In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.
And btw while I think it’s not impossible that Grassley is so old and confused that’s he not actually sure what he voted for or against, that 23-year-old is perfectly aware of the situation, which is what really counts here.
This is the nature of the Republican base after 35 years of Limbaugh & Fox News and the rest. Facts don’t count because facts don’t exist for these people. Indeed the empirical frame of mind is actually far less common than earnest liberals with degrees from SLACs who think you know Ross Douthat really makes a good point there imagine it to be.
Also too, let’s not fail to look with wonder upon a system in which it takes 51 votes to save a tax break for billionaires that no one can even bother to come up with a rationalization for beyond “the government should be run exclusively for the benefit of the very rich,” but 57 votes aren’t enough to provide poor people with a life-saving drugs that millions of Americans can’t afford.