Jonathan P. Levin: Republicans silent on Santos ‘distraction’

Published: 01-01-2023 5:31 PM

Regarding the article, “Santos ‘distraction’ sours GOP triumph,” (Gazette, Dec. 30), one is left in awe of the press’s desire to present the Republican Party as if it were a party of reason and sensibility, even a party with ethics. The writers of this article say that party leaders are struggling with “… an embarrassing distraction ...” This seems wishful thinking on the part of the reporters, yet another effort to portray the party as if, if one is allowed to use the word these days, it is a normal party, one that might respond to Santos at least with public repudiation of his behavior, at best with his outright banishment from the party.

In the article, there is not a single shred of evidence presented that the party feels its victory has soured, nor of any other discomfort being suffered by Republicans. In fact, there is no report of any response at all by any Republicans. I’d say this is because Santos is one of their kind and not at all an exception, in that he seems willing to do whatever he can get away with in order to achieve power. Why repudiate him when he contributes to their majority, no matter how abhorrent his behavior? Yes. Of course. There are decent Republicans. Some of them even possibly in Congress. And if this is so, it raises the question: Why aren’t we hearing from those decent Republicans?

Jonathan P. Levin



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