I spent last night watching Adam Kinzinger lose it on twitter.
Here’s an in-depth post about what happened:
Adam Kinzinger ‘Drunk-Tweets’ His Way Into Total Embarrassment
The too long; didn’t read version is that Kinzinger accused Dan McLaughlin, who has been anti-Putin since before the Obama administration and who was regularly tweeting his support for Zelenskyy before Putin even invaded, of being pro-Putin because McLaughlin disagreed with a tweet in which Kinzinger accused pro-lifers of being pro-Putin. (It makes even less sense if you read the tweets. Put the beer down before you tweet next time, Adam.) When McLaughlin and others pointed out how stupid this way, Kinzinger drunk-tweeted his way through it. Eventually, he decided to search Kinzinger’s followers (and not the people who Kinzinger was following back) until he found some people who were pro-Putin. As a political pundit, McLaughlin has 89,4000 people of all different ideologies following him on twitter. I wonder who we would find if we searched everyone who just happened to follow Adam Kinzinger.
Normally, this would just be another night on twitter except for the fact that this is Adam Kinzinger, the man who never misses a chance to promote himself as being the conscience of the U.S. House and who has built his entire reputation on attacking Trump for engaging in the same type of behavior that he engaged in last night. Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the January 6th Committee. (He’s the one who cries for the camera.) He’s angry at the Republicans who he feels have enabled Trump. That’s fair, if simplistic. However, he’s also mad because he’s losing his house seat because it was gerrymandered out of his existence by the Democrats who control the Illinois redistricting process. Kinzinger often says that he’s losing his seat because he’s anti-Trump but the main reason he’s losing it is because he was dumb enough to run as a Republican in a blue state that’s run by one of the most ruthless political machines in the country. As far as losing his seat his concerned, Adam is mad at the wrong people.
Oh, and Adam is also talking about running for President in 2024. Of course, Liz Cheney has stolen his thunder with the Never Trumpers. Maybe that’s why he’s so pissed off.
Congress has gone from Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, and John Quincy Adams to Adam Kinzinger, Eric Swalwell, and Matt Gaetz. It’s often been said that most journalists would be better off if they didn’t get on twitter. I think the same is true of most members of Congress.