Craven Is As Craven Does

Merriam-Webster defines “craven” as “lacking the least bit of courage. Contemptibly fainthearted.” Synonyms include “mean-spirited, chicken, yellow, cowardly, dastardly, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, poltroonish, pusillanimous, scared, timorous, weak-kneed, wimpish, wimpy, wussy, yellow-bellied” and last but not least, “Republican” and “trump.”

I prefer poltroonish but the Daily News headline nailed it when they called Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., “Spineless McWorm.” McConnell, craven be thy middle name and as always, a turd by any other name smells just as stinky. Most recently, Senate Minority Leader McConnell used his weight to make sure that gutless Republican Senators would vote against creation of a bi-partisan commission to get to the bottom of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Without GOP votes, the commission was sunk before it was even created.

Cravenly, McConnell told GOP colleagues before voting, that an investigation would hurt the chances for Republican election victories next year. Machiavelli where are you? The vote also showed the power that trump continues to yield in Congress, even though he commanded his minions to attack the congress, common sense and ethics be damned.

Turn back the clock to February when McConnell said “a mob was assaulting the Capitol in his (trump) name. These criminals were carrying his banners, hanging his flags, and screaming their loyalty to him. It was obvious that only President Trump could end this.” McConnell then voted against convicting trump at his impeachment trial on charges that he fomented rebellion.

So there will be no joint investigation by Congress into the worst assault on the capitol in the nation’s history, in which people died. The House may form a panel to probe the insurrection but it will not carry the weight of a full congressional probe, like the 9–11 Commission. Most definitely, a House investigation, led by Democrats, will get buried in a tsunami of chicken-hearted, Republican obfuscation, leaving Americans to once more wonder “what really happened.”

Another of the turtle’s shining moments, coming in not far behind the latest embarrassment, was in 2018, when as Senate Majority Leader, he refused to allow Senate hearings on Obama’s recommendation for a new Supreme Court Justice. In a show of hypocrisy that would make Nixon cringe, McConnell said a new Supreme Court Justice should be named by the next president although he probably got dizzy enough to toss his breakfast when, after trump was elected, McConnell said he found no reason to delay naming new justices.

But while McConnell is the talk of the town today, there’s been plenty of poltroonish behavior in past months and years, notably by Republicans, not to mention the sordid history of politicians throughout the nation.

For current yellow bellied politicians worthy of consideration for the lowest of the low, not counting trump and McConnell, think Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Josh Hawley, Kevin McCarthy, Marjorie Taylor Greene.

While trump supporters were attacking the Capitol, Cruz was on the Senate floor arguing for a commission to investigate claims of fraudulent electoral results, of which there has been no evidence. The Lone Star State Republican voted against the commission to investigate the attempted insurrection. Go figure, evidently fake voter fraud is more important than real insurrection.

Not for nothing, don’t forget that during the 2016 presidential primary campaign, Cruz called Trump a “sniveling coward” after trump insulted Mrs. Cruz. But trump won and Cruz cravenly let bygones be bygones and began a recent campaign speech in Georgia, when, bending down as low as possible he said “God bless Donald J. Trump.”

Wisconsin Sen. Johnson voted to acquit trump at the Senate impeachment trial, screamed at Mitt Romney for suggesting that witnesses be called to the trial and claimed that the armed insurrection against the capitol, “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me.”

Missouri Sen. Hawley has been a leader in the QAnon-ish effort to declare trump president, he was seen on TV raising a fist in support of trumpers before they stormed the capitol and he was the only senator to vote against legislation to combat anti-Asian hate crimes. And he voted for a bill to prohibit kids from hugging puppies and from having ice cream. Not really.

McCarthy, the House minority leader from California, initially sounded almost rational when he blamed then-President trump for the Capitol attack and shouted in a phone call in the midst of the uprising, telling trump to stop the attack. Less than a month later, McCarthy made nice nice with trump at Mar-a-Lago and they talked about how the GOP can win back the House in 2022 and McCarthy left with his tail prominently between his legs.

Greene, the first term congresswoman from Georgia, may one day take the top post in the craven hit parade with comments like when she compared the Holocaust to having people vaccinated against COVID-19; she mocked a survivor of the Parkland School mass shooting; she claimed that California wildfires were caused by a Jewish death ray satellite; and keep tuned in because as sure as there are hairs on my head, she will continue her idiot ways.


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