Madison Cawthorn's Dark MAGA

[ Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2022 – 15:02 UTC ]

Representative Madison Cawthorn lost his primary race this week to a challenger who won mostly just by not being a human Dumpster fire. Someone who is actually sane, in other words. Anyone familiar with Cawthorn's single term in office breathed an immense sigh of relief when the results were announced, and we political wonks finally had a second answer to the question: "What does it take in today's Republican Party to become a complete outcast and pariah?" Or, more simply: "How far is too far to go?" Apparently the new answer to all that (the old answer being: "Obeying your constitutional oath," as Liz Cheney has admirably proven) is now: "Accusing your fellow Republicans of rampant cocaine use and hosting orgies." This is the new GOP standard -- it's fine to spout conspiracy theories and whip up White supremacy and anti-government violence, but for Heaven's sake don't say we're all coke-crazed sex maniacs or anything!

I'm sorry, but it's really hard not to see all of this with irony and sarcasm, since I can actually remember when the Republican Party was supposedly built around "family values" and being holier-than-thou on just about any subject under the sun. Ah... memories....

But back to Cawthorn. Cawthorn was the target of a rather vicious and blackmail-worthy smear campaign, in the final weeks of the primary election. This attack was so vicious and brutal, in fact, that it's pretty obvious it came from the Republican side of the aisle. And not without reason -- Cawthorn has managed to ensnare himself in so many scandals during his brief stint in Washington that one recent article about him proposed a rather snarky theory:

The young, right-wing first-term member of Congress has generated so many horrible news stories, ranging from the personal to the ideological, that observers have grown obsessed with locating the unifying thread that explains it all. Is he a secret Nazi? Some kind of sex weirdo? A compulsive liar?

These are all plausible theories. But I am increasingly drawn to a novel explanation of [Representative Madison] Cawthorn's frenetic generation of terrible news stories: He has made a list of every major political scandal and is attempting to commit all of them.

This is truly how bad it has been, and why the phrase "Dumpster fire" so readily springs to mind. An article written after his primary loss referred to his defeat as: "the downfall of a political creature as flamboyantly vile, reckless, incendiary and -- how to put this gently? -- dense as Mr. Cawthorn." This is from the staid New York Times, in an article which also referred to one of those scandals as: "a brief video of him naked and -- there really is no way to put this tastefully -- humping another man's head." It has been, in fact, tough to even keep track of all Cawthorn's scandals. They have been multiplying at a seemingly exponential rate -- and he hasn't even been in office for two years!

But in parting, Cawthorn has done a favor for (of all people) President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats. Because Cawthorn coined a phrase that is so much better than the one Biden has been test-marketing; a phrase that instantly conjures up very negative and ominous overtones (which Biden's "Ultra-MAGA" fell far short of, as I pointed out last week).

Here is what is reported to be Cawthorn's (unedited) first Instagram post since losing his primary race:

When the establishment turned their guns on me, when the Uni-party coalesced to defeat an America First member very few people had my back. This list includes the lion [sic] share of figures that came to my defense when it was not politically profitable. These are honorable men and women who are the type of friends anyone yearns to have. "At the beginning of a change the patriot is a rare and hated man." These are the rare and hated men/women. There are other National [sic] figures who I believe are patriots, but I am on a mission now to expose those who say and promise one thing yet legislate and work towards another, self-profiteering, globalist goal. The time for gentile [sic, assumably] politics as usual has come to an end. It's time for the rise of the new right, it's time for Dark MAGA to truly take command. We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We are coming.

Cawthorn seems to be attempting to quote Mark Twain, who actually wrote: "In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned." But then getting his facts straight was never Cawthorn's strong point. In fact, he really doesn't actually even have any strong points. Getting words straight seems pretty far down the list for him, especially that condemnation of "gentile politics as usual." Um, so he's converting to Judaism now? Or something... as always, it's hard to know. My secret MAGA decoder ring couldn't even figure that one out.

But in the midst of this menacing word salad is one bit of brilliant sloganeering... for his opponents to use. It's like Cawthorn offered it up as a personal favor to Joe Biden: "There you go, Mister President -- there's a snappy term that will do precisely what you're trying to do: point out how dangerous the MAGA movement truly is!" I mean, seriously -- "Dark MAGA" seems consciously designed to incite fear. And that's even without considering the context of all Cawthorn's overt threats ("time for the rise of the new right... truly take command... an enemy to defeat... their days are numbered...").

Cawthorn is a Dumpster fire of a politician and a human being. So, thankfully, he likely won't be able to make good on any of his threats. In fact, I would bet good money that Cawthorn will progress from Dumpster fire to full-blown flaming trainwreck within the next 12 months. He will self-immolate in some spectacular fashion or another before one more year has gone by -- that's my best guess, at any rate.

But the threats themselves are precisely what Biden and every other Democrat needs right now, to paint as accurate a picture as possible -- in their own words! -- about the dangers of allowing Dark MAGA politicians anywhere near being in charge of anything. The Dark MAGA threatening credo is pretty clear and unequivocal: "Might makes right in the political area, and any means necessary to achieve our agenda will be acceptable, because we are on a crusade."

Cawthorn will now have to settle for a cushy gig on Fox News (this seems almost inevitable) or tilting at his own personal windmills in some bizarre fashion (one pictures it being similar to seeing Rudy Giuliani or that "My Pillow" guy).

Or perhaps Cawthorn will be named as Donald Trump's running mate in 2024. These days, you just never know how dark the Dark MAGA movement is going to get next.

President Joe Biden really owes now-successfully-primaried Madison Cawthorn a nice thank-you note. Because -- entirely unintentionally -- Cawthorn just singlehandedly solved Biden's messaging problem for him.

-- Chris Weigant


Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant


46 Comments on “Madison Cawthorn's Dark MAGA”

  1. [1] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    The new right, or the new confederacy? Strong is the dark maga side of the force.

  2. [2] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    The only thing stronger is PIE!

  3. [3] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    On behalf of the LGBQT+ community, we are calling out this closet case for his disgusting acts prior to him attempting to “come out” as a way to seek a clean slate. You are in a relationship with a first cousin…who do you think you are — Rudy Giuliani?!?! Thank God you cannot produce offspring like Rudy’s son…clearly a product of inbreeding.

  4. [4] 
    Michale wrote:

    Abortion activist eviscerated for testifying that men can have abortions: 'The party of science’

    'So I guess men can have an opinion on abortion after all. Thanks for clearing that up,' said one tweet

    This is the Party of "science', eh?? :eyeroll:

    More proof that Democrat "science" is nothing but very poorly disguised Democrat activism...

  5. [5] 
    andygaus wrote:

    Actually, I think the idea that Cawthorn is a closeted gay guy is very far from proven. Pseudo-gay play-acting is a common form of frat-boy male bonding. His collegiate activities as a sexual predator all seemed to be directed at women. If he was gay or even bi, you would expect a few men to come forward with stories similar to those of the women who accused him.

  6. [6] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    oz ahead of mccormick by 1088 votes (0.08%), with 99% of the votes counted. recount here we come!

  7. [7] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Looks like the Schrader vs McLeod-Skinner race won't be decided until next week as our lame county clerk refuses to mitigate her mistake and bring in extra people to count or have the existing counters work over the weekend. The Scuttlebutt on Portland reddit is she is a conservative anti government type that is self actualizing, but they also theorize Schrader needs something like 70% of the Clackamas vote to pull out a win, so McLeod-Skinner is looking good. Of course being reddit take this with a grain of salt if not a pound...

  8. [8] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats think in the moment. Republicans think in decades

    Until Democrats start thinking long-term, they will be reduced to being a party prone to primal screams and symbolic votes, while Republicans accomplish goals they have spent decades working assiduously to achieve.

    This is the Democrat Party problem in a nutshell..

    They think and act tactically... They are in the moment and everything for them must be NOW it it's useless..

    The GOP thinks and acts strategically...

    GOP plays 5-D Chess while Democrats just love their tiddly-winks...

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    Justice coming for the ‘Dirty 51’ Hunter Biden laptop liars

    And it's about time! :D

  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    The days of the Woke Corporate agenda are coming to an end.. :D

    It's Conservative David vs. the Woke Corporate Green Giant

    And it's from RealClear, the only official Weigantian objective news source.. :D

  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    I'm a doctor and a Democrat, and I won't let the mob force me to choose between the two

    I used to view Democrats as champions of free speech

    This is why Democrat "science" is so dangerous..

    Democrat "science" puts EVERYTHING thru a political/agenda driven lens..

    Everything and anything is considered with the FIRST question being "Does this fit with our political/ideological agenda?"...

    That is not how REAL science works..

  12. [12] 
    Michale wrote:

    Consider what is happening in California. A bill moving through the State House grants sweeping new powers to the state’s medical board to initiate investigations of doctors whose COVID treatment decisions "departed from the applicable standard of care." While I am all for policies that protect patients from irresponsible doctors, that’s not what this is. In the bill, the definition of "misinformation" is intentionally vague, the consequences are clear and severe, ranging from "disciplinary action" to loss of a medical license.

    Such a policy flies in the face of medical and scientific training. In medical school, we are taught to apply critical thinking and question even established medical protocols and scientific dogma for important reasons—by questioning and researching, we more strongly understand the basis (or lack thereof) which underpin these beliefs. The history of science is replete with established practices being overturned in this way. In medical practice, we are pushed to use all our knowledge to treat patients using our best judgement and abilities and to advance the practice of medicine. The California bill would demolish these tenets in one fell swoop.

    Allowing bureaucrats or politicians to intrude on the doctor-patient relationship inflicts irreparable harm on the practice of medicine. Free thought and expression would be replaced by fear and group think. Many doctors choose to go-along-to-get-along—even with policies they vehemently disagree with—rather than finding themselves out of work and struggling to feed their families.

    Democrats push the POLITICS BEFORE ALL ELSE agenda that actually HARMS science..

    The Hippocratic Oath clearly states that first and foremost doctors must do no harm..

    Democrats ignore that completely..

  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, of course, there is a sexual harassment accusation against Elon Musk..

    WHO could have POSSIBLY predicted this!? :eyeroll:

  14. [14] 
    Michale wrote:

    Hay MC...

    You doing OK buddy?? Haven't seen ya around...

    Hope things are good with ya...

  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    Israeli Government Loses Parliament Majority, Raising Prospect of Election


  16. [16] 
    Michale wrote:

    U.S. may be barreling toward recession in next year, more experts say

    Just what we need to put the final nail in the coffin that is the Democrat Party..

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:
  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    Oklahoma abortion bill is 'extreme,' 'absurd,' 'ultra MAGA,' White House says

    Jean-Pierre used the Biden administration's new favorite term to attack Trump-style Republicans

    Biden's handlers doubling down on moronic ULTRA MAGA... It's like they are TRYING to boost President Trump!! :D

    And Oklahoma has got it going on... An Anti Baby Killing law that EVERYONE can like.. :D

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    The economic hits keep coming as Biden's promised return to normal eludes America

    (CNN)Empty baby formula shelves. Feared summer power blackouts. Plunging stocks. Predictions of widespread $6-a-gallon gasoline. Recession clouds. Coming food shortages. Soaring grocery prices. And the refusal of a pandemic to ease its grip.

    This current reality, mixed with forecasts of worse to come, is hardly the normality Americans craved, and that President Joe Biden promised last year when he said, shortly after taking office, that "America is coming back."

    Yet there is a growing sense of crises piling on crises as the shockwaves of a period of unusual global turmoil -- including a once-in-a-century pandemic and the worst war in Europe since 1945 -- burrow into the fabric of daily life.

    It's all distilled a sense of pessimism and exhaustion among the American people, according to a CNN poll released this week that showed clear majorities worried about how things are going and burned out by toxic politics that seems unable to fix the most fundamental questions facing the country.

    It's the WORST possible time to be a Democrat, eh? :D

  20. [20] 
    Michale wrote:

    The left hates Elon Musk because he’s a twin threat that doesn’t tolerate BS

    I know the feeling, brother Elon.. :D heh

  21. [21] 
    Michale wrote:

    the problem is people really believe that they follow some strong moral compass, but in reality they are just trying to fit in with their tribe

    if their tribe becomes a bunch of bullies, they will too, and still think they are morally superior to the outside tribe
    -Shibetoshi Nakamoto

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    And another episode of PTDS screwing over Democrats..

    If ya'all had been thinking straight ya'all would have applauded Cawthorn as he was taking down Republicans...

    But noooo... Ya'all's PTDS took over... AGAIN...

  23. [23] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    maybe Madison Cawthorn wouldn't be such a disgusting person if he had less cocaine and more pie.

  24. [24] 
    Michale wrote:

    maybe Madison Cawthorn wouldn't be such a disgusting person if he had less cocaine and more pie.

    I thought Democrats LIKED drugs??

  25. [25] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    More on the Schrader vs McLeod-Skinner count:

    Last night on the news they were reporting that an observer for Schrader signed in an hour before the clerks office opened which surprised the McLeod-Skinner observer who showed up a half an hour before the office opened and was not let in until the office officially opened. This is somehow against the rules so the McLeod-Skinner campaign has lodged a formal complaint with the secretary of state citing unequal access.

  26. [26] 
    Michale wrote:

    Last night on the news they were reporting that an observer for Schrader signed in an hour before the clerks office opened which surprised the McLeod-Skinner observer who showed up a half an hour before the office opened and was not let in until the office officially opened. This is somehow against the rules so the McLeod-Skinner campaign has lodged a formal complaint with the secretary of state citing unequal access.

    Unequal access is a bitch, ain't it.. :eyeroll:

  27. [27] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Drugs can only help so much, while the potential of pie is limitless.

  28. [28] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Looks like Musk is in full melt down mode. Tweets left wing conspiracy accusations mere hours after a reporter contacts him about the payoff, then says there is more to the story and can he delay the story for a proper reply only to pass the deadline and tweet to activate the Muskateers defense shield. Meanwhile he is trying to get out of the twitter deal because Tesla stock is down and he fears a margin call if he goes through with the deal.

    That dude should stay off twitter, keep his schlong in his pants and stick to building cars and rockets. But he won't, and that is quite entertaining. Heh..

  29. [29] 
    Michale wrote:

    Hillary Clinton approved dissemination of Trump-Russian bank allegations to media, campaign manager testifies
    Clinton's former campaign manager said he took the idea of leaking Trump-Russia allegations to multiple senior campaign officials


  30. [30] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:


    Thanks I'm OK just slammed. You have me answers andfeedback last Wednesday that I will respond to.

    And my next deep dive is into that Harvard fired me because I found BLM is not statistically unsupported link you posted the other day.

  31. [31] 
    Michale wrote:


    Since Elon has come down as a GOP/President Trump supporter, of course you would say that.. :D

  32. [32] 
    Michale wrote:

    MC.. Glad yer OK... Missin' ya around here.. :D

  33. [33] 
    Michale wrote:

    Cake is so much better for hallucinogenic effects :D

  34. [34] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Since Elon has come down as a GOP/President Trump supporter, of course you would say that.. :D

    Would I? I have no idea of Musk's voting history but he has been greasing the wheels at both ends relatively evenly like a good business man...

  35. [35] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden approval rating plummets to 39%, down 24 points from last year: AP poll

    Biden's approval rating has dropped even amongst voters in his own party

    Democrats STILL haven't found the bottom yet.. :D

  36. [36] 
    Michale wrote:

    I have no idea of Musk's voting history

    Then you haven't been paying attention..

    Elon Musk Says He Plans to Vote Republican For the First Time, as Democrats ‘Have Become the Party of Division and Hate’

    "I have previously voted for Democrats because they were mostly the kindness party, but now they have become the party of division & hate.
    Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold."

    -Elon Musk

    Tell it, Brother Elon!!! :D

    but he has been greasing the wheels at both ends relatively evenly like a good business man...

    Again, you are not up on current events..

    Elon has gone all in against the Democrat Party.. :D

  37. [37] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Musk tweets a lot and not all of it true, but his actions paint him as a libertarian. He was quoted in response to Governor Abbott less than a year ago:

    In general, I believe government should rarely impose its will upon the people, and, when doing so, should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness. That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics.

    I have no conviction, if that's what you mean. I blow with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy.
    Captain Louis Renault, Casablanca

    Today the wind blows Republican, tomorrow...who knows?

  38. [38] 
    Michale wrote:

    If that's true then Democrats are burning a whole big bridge.. :D

  39. [39] 
    Michale wrote:

    Nina Jankowicz complains Disinfo Board ‘undone’ by ‘disinformation,’ ‘childish attacks’
    'Ironically [the Disinformation Governance Board was] undone exactly by a disinformation campaign', Jankowicz says

    Whiney disinformation biatch says what???

  40. [40] 
    Michale wrote:

    A Ministry Of Truth is so Un-American and so Anti American it could ONLY come from the Democrat Party...

  41. [41] 
    Michale wrote:

    Is the Woke Corporate 'Worm' Finally Turning?

    And not a moment too soon!! :D

  42. [42] 
    Michale wrote:

    DEMOCRATS lose again!!!

    Federal judge blocks Biden admin from ending Title 42 border expulsions

    There were more than 234,000 migrant encounters in April

    What ya say, Weigantians?? Ya'all tired of losing yet?? :D

  43. [43] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats need to take the hint that their agenda simply will not be allowed in today's America....

    AMERICANS don't want the Democrat Party agenda...

    It's THAT simple..

  44. [44] 
    Michale wrote:

    Elon Musk asks Twitter execs about resurfaced Hillary Clinton tweet

    Elon Musk said that a Twitter user is 'absolutely correct' in thinking that one Hillary Clinton campaign tweet is 'misleading disinformation'

    Elon Musk is my hero!!! :D

    I wonder why Democrats are so upset with him?? :D heheheehehehehehe

  45. [45] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Why on earth would the richest guy in the world support a party whose only coherent policy objective in the last twenty years has been lower taxes on the ultra-rich?


  46. [46] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    That's the funny thing about Michale's Musk party switch posts: I think most on the left were like: he was a democrat, really? As I think most assumed he was a republican. I certainly did...

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