CA Rep. Eric Swalwell joined the Meidas Touch Podcast to talk about all things politics, and he made a truly spot-on observation, and frankly, I am surprised no one else has made it before. He compared his Republicans colleagues to professional wrestlers. They act one way on TV — bringing the drama and the rage and the screaming — and then another way the behind the scenes.
Some of what he said:
"Many of my colleagues are better suited to work at the WWE, and I say that about Gaetz because I worked with him on marijuana issues and other issues before Trump took off...and he turned into a character. There would times where he would laugh at himself about how stupid he had to act to keep the act going."
Then Swallwell shares a story about running into a certain Wolverine-looking Senator from Texas, who likes to run away to Cancun while his constituents are dying. Towards the end, he expresses frustration that the Republicans seem have the gall to assert that he, and possibly other Democrats, are also just performing for the camera, calling it "sickening." He nails it: "They are just giving what the fans want," — notably, Trump's fans.
This is just a clip of a much longer interview which starts with Swalwell's camel-riding vacation, goes into his book "Endgame," COVID, Republican voters, TFG, and FOX News.
Twitter approved of this analogy:
It's very nihilistic, nothing has meaning.
— Ms. Marbella🌊Now I can say my President and VP (@msmarbella) July 20, 2021
It's performance art, they're playing a part for their audience. With little to no care that basic honesty in governing and debate is not a theatrical game.
— Kit Indigo (@kitindigo) July 20, 2021
The fact that it is somehow not real to these guys makes it worse.
— GayleS (@ComHealthNurIns) July 20, 2021