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Democrats should make the 'Bee-Gees' the face of the Republican Party

Democrats should make the 'Bee-Gees' the face of the Republican Party
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In 2018, Republican campaign ads attacked dozens of House Democrats for “standing with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE.” If Pelosi became Speaker, the ads warned, the Democrats would raise taxes, cut defense appropriations, open the southern border to any and every immigrant, and impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE. Two years later, perfectly cast for their race, religion, and policy positions, “The Squad” — Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar rips Bezos amid union fight: Forces workers to 'defecate in bags' Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reintroduces bill seeking to cancel rent, mortgage payments during pandemic We must decolonize our global health systems — It's time to repeal the Helms Amendment House Democrats push to create public reminder of Jan. 6 riot MORE (D-Mass.), and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push Fed to drive funding away from fossil fuel companies Omar on arrest of Georgia state lawmaker: 'Wild and completely unacceptable' Ocasio-Cortez endorses Turner in Ohio special election MORE (D-Mich.) — joined Pelosi as the “clowns,” “crazies,” and “socialists” the RNC loves to loathe.

In the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections, which will decide the party that controls the House of Representatives, the Democrats should take a page from this playbook. They should identify six House members as the face of the Republican Party: Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Ala.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzDefiant Gaetz tells GOP conference the 'truth will prevail' Ex-Rep. Katie Hill: 'Gross' for Gaetz to invoke my name House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations MORE (R-Fla.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertExclusive: Biggs offers bill banning federal vaccine passports Gaetz to speak at Save America summit amid sex trafficking investigation Ethics upholds Gohmert's ,000 metal detector fine MORE (R-Texas), and Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.) — the “Bee-Gees.” In ads aired around the country, the DNC should showcase the extremist views that have taken over the GOP:

  • Chair of the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Biggs supports banning abortions with no exceptions for rape and incest. Biggs voted against the COVID-19 relief bill because it provided financial support to same sex couples. He voted against re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He opposes allowing judges to order that guns be taken away from military veterans deemed mentally incompetent. According to Ali Alexander, an early founder of the “Stop the Steal Movement,” Biggs met with him to make sure that Trump supporters put “maximum pressure” on members of Congress while they were voting to certify the 2020 presidential election results.
  • Having declared “I am the militia,” Lauren Boebert refused to say whether she carries a gun on the House floor. She tweeted information about the whereabouts of Speaker Pelosi during the riot at the Capitol. She has said of QAnon (which alleges that a global pedophile ring includes Democratic politicians and features secret executions, clones and an apocalyptic “Reckoning”): “I hope this is real because it only means America is stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values.”
  • Mo Brooks told the MAGA crowd on Jan. 6, “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.” He believes racism no longer exists in the United States, Democrats have launched “a war on whites,” and has claimed he would do anything “short of shooting” undocumented immigrants to get them out of the country. At a hearing on global warming, Brooks attributed the rise of sea levels to “soil or rocks or whatever” falling into the ocean and forcing “the bottom to move up.”
  • Matt Gaetz defended President Trump’s “shithole countries” comment, declaring “everywhere you go in Haiti all you see is sheet metal and garbage.” Gaetz mocked COVID-19 guidelines by wearing a gas mask on the floor of the House of Representatives. He declared there is “pretty compelling evidence that some people who assaulted the Capitol were masquerading as Trump supporters. And in fact, they were members of the violent terrorist group, antifa.”
  • According to Louie Gohmert, the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., occurred because many Americans — including the perpetrator — do not fear God’s vengeful wrath and nobody in the theater had a gun to take the shooter down. Gohmert claimed the Obama administration was infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood members. He insists that pregnant black women have been sent to the United States to spawn “natural-born terrorists” to “destroy our way of life twenty or thirty years down the road.” Having been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, Gohmert said, “I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, I might have put some germs — some virus — onto the mask and breathed it in.”
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed a wildfire in California was caused by a laser from space, controlled by a prominent Jewish family. She has hinted that the Clinton family ordered JFK Jr. killed so he would not run against Hillary for New York’s U.S. Senate seat. She claimed the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school and Parkland high school were “false flag events,” designed by Deep State officials to restrict access to guns. Amidst discussions of ending Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker, Greene indicated, “a bullet to the head would be quicker.”

Unwilling to incur the wrath of Donald Trump, Republicans have not reined in the “Bee-Gees.”  Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRepublican House campaign arm rakes in .7 million in first quarter McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border Harris in difficult starring role on border MORE (D-Calif.) refused to remove Greene from the influential Education and Budget committees.

Personifying the noxious new normal of a once Grand Old Party, Greene and the other “Bee-Gees” could help Democrats increase their majorities in the House and Senate in 2022 — if the Democrats will learn lessons in branding from Republicans.

Glenn C. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of "Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century."