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If one is against politics as usual — “usual” being defined as employing lying, cheating, flattery, toadying and other forms of chicanery to bump one’s way up the rungs of the power structure’s scaffolding — then it has to include holding politicians accountable, even when they’re on the same side.
That’s why conservatives need to insist that the incoming House GOP leadership take a good look at Rep.-elect George Santos, and ask if Republicans really want him in their razor-thin majority.
In retrospect, we should have known. Santos’ backstory was too good to be true. While campaigning for New York’s 3rd Congressional District, based in the New York City borough of Queens and other parts of Long Island, he presented himself as a graduate of Baruch College who had worked with Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; openly claiming to be gay, he became the first out LGBT Republican who wasn’t an incumbent elected to the House of Representatives.
Not only that, there was a tear-jerker in his distant family past: According to Santos, his grandparents were Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, and he stated on his website that his mother was Jewish, as well. In New York City — the metro area with the second-most Jewish people in the world after Tel Aviv, according to the Jewish Virtual Library, and home to over 10 percent of the world’s Jewry — that’s a story that resonates with voters.
“My grandparents survived the Holocaust, so these regimes of socialism, Marxism, they don’t work,” Santos said, according to WABC-TV. After fleeing both the Nazis and the communists, his grandfather fled to Brazil.
“Fleeing Stalin’s persecution, going to Belgium, finding refuge there, marrying my grandmother, then fleeing Hitler going to Brazil. That’s a story of perseverance,” he said.
Emphasis on story. Because, pretty much everything I’ve just told you — well, to quote the immortal Jeannie Bueller regarding whether her brother Ferris was really sick, “Dry that one out and you can fertilize the lawn.” In this case, you could fertilize the pasture.
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