Madison Cawthorn discovers that fragmenting her fellow Republicans can be bad for her political health


Before entering politics, Madison Cawthorn ran a Chick-fil-A and worked as a staff assistant in her predecessor Mark Meadows’ district office. While Your Wonkette would never disparage honest work, there’s nothing on this guy’s resume to indicate he was prepared to be an actual congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, Meadows, who presumably had any idea of Cawthorn’s abilities, was balls to the wall in a failed effort to ensure he didn’t have to give up his seat to the then 24-year-old.

And just this once, we’ll have to agree with Mark Meadows. The last two years have shown exactly why Trump’s chief of staff wanted a replacement-level, middle-aged white lady toeing the party line rather than a little boy who alternates between run-ins with police and attacks on fellow Republicans. That’s why members of their own caucus are subtly trying to take a stab at Cawthorn ahead of next week’s primary, hoping their constituents will abort this unworkable congressman and spare them the pain of having to keep him in another term.

On Wednesday, the post office ran a history about how much the rest of the North Carolina delegation, particularly Senator Thom Tillis, despises this little jerk.

Tillis and many of North Carolina’s top Republicans, including the state’s House Speaker and Senate leader, are backing the challenger, state Sen. Chuck Edwards, in next Tuesday’s primary. Tillis has personally raised money for the effort. An allied super PAC is bombarding the district with TV ads and mail pieces highlighting the chain of scandals and indiscretions — a list that grows longer almost with each passing day.

It never seems to have occurred to this brain genius that there might be a political consequence for speaking ill of his fellow Republicans.

“Why is your wife attacking me on Twitter?” Cawthorn texted Tillis in November.

“Just spit the ball out here, but maybe because you attacked her husband?” Tillis replied

“I’m not sorry I attacked you so much,” Cawthorn replied. “I think I said I don’t think you’re conservative enough, I didn’t realize that made us enemies.”

In fact, Cawthorn made a lot of enemies in North Carolina, which is why Susan Tillis was tweeting about him. Because without speaking to any of his fellow Tar Heel Gippers, Boy Wonder announced last year that he would switch to run for a more secure Republican seat. Not to improve his own electoral prospects, he reassured voters, but because “I fear another establishment Republican prevails there. I won’t let that happen.”

That “establishment Republican” Cawthorn blocked was House Speaker Tim Moore, which is to say, not someone a normal person would seek to alienate if he wanted a future in North Carolina Republican politics. . In the end, Cawthorn didn’t even end up changing districts!

And that was before this undisciplined little piece of shit told a podcaster that he was being invited to cocaine orgies by his fellow congressmen, which seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for many of his fellow Republicans in DC, who may have been able to overlook the multiple instances of driving with a suspended license and carrying a weapon on a plane, which did not directly implicate them.

For the past month, the knives have been out for Cawthorn, with regular video releases of him performing as a high school junior quarterback on spring break. here it is in female underwear! Here you are receiving your crotch groped by a male helper, who is also her cousin. Here you are sending Venmo messages paying the assistant for “stripping for me in sweden.” Here is the frolicking naked in bed with said helper. Here’s Donald Trump wondering if Madison Cawthorn is “fucking his cousin?”

Today CNN has a story about how much everyone in North Carolina and DC hates Madison Cawthorn. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot.

“I met with the guy and said, ‘Don’t break the law again. If you break the law one more time, I’m going to start asking to get you kicked out,'” a Republican lawmaker told CNN. “And I don’t mean kick him out of the Caucus (House Freedom), I mean kick him out of the Conference. Vote him out. He’s a black eye in our conference.”

Very brave, anonymous congressman!

Let’s go out on a limb and assume that Kevin McCarthy, that boneless bowl of jelly, isn’t going to do shit to punish Cawthorn. But the Republicans’ willingness to say out loud that this guy is a fucking idiot shows they realize how much of a problem he is for the caucus.

He is not receiving support in the primaries from his fellow members of the North Carolina House of Representatives:

When asked if he supported Cawthorn for re-election, Rep. David Rouzer said, “I’m not going to get involved in the primary one way or the other.”

Rep. Dan Bishop said, “I have no comment on that.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx laughed, paused, and said, “Right now, I’m just going to vote.” Her campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

And both Tillis and retiring Senator Richard Burr have come out explicitly against him.

“There is nothing that would put me in a position where for the first time in my career I would oppose a sitting Republican,” said Tillis, who recommended that the Ethics Committee investigate Cawthorn for his possible involvement in a crypto pump and dump scheme. “I’ve never done it. But it’s totality. It’s a lack of seriousness.”

Burr was less circumspect: “It’s a shame any day it ends in ‘y’.”

But with all of that, Cawthorn still out-polls his closest opponent, state Sen. Chuck Edwards. The upcoming Ronald Reagan Memorial boner orgy is going to be pretty awkward after that guy pulls off a win next week. Ah well, nothing a little coke can’t fix.

[WaPo / CNN]

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