I remember the days when right-wingers pretended they wanted godly men in office

Then we got Trump and suddenly it was irrelevant. But now David Barton is pretending it’s important  — Christian leaders should select candidates just like Moses appointed the judges of Israel (as noted at the link, that’s now how it worked). Of course, when they got a godly Christian man in Obama, they hated it. They’re probably happier with Republicans like Michael Capps, who promotes Christianity and allegedly defrauded the government for $450,000. Or crooked pol (but champion of the “Christian worldview!”) Dennis Hastert.

Or Brenda Kunneman, another power-hungry Christian claiming the Founding Fathers wanted a Christian nationalist government. Yes, that’s why they guaranteed freedom of religion and banned religious tests for public office.

Or minister Mike Huckabee who says it’s Biden’s fault people resist taking the vaccine — why doesn’t Biden explain the benefits?

Or multimillionaire preacher Jesse DuPlantis who says the Second Coming is delayed until people send him more money. But don’t worry, once he’s raptured he’ll be happy to let other people use his jet.

We know they loved Trump, who’s still ripping off the government. And whose lawyer laid plans in advance for overturning the election (but is still treated like a respectable lawyer by his peers).

No matter how many prophets spew bullshit about how The Former Guy really won, Christian publisher Stephen Strang is not backing away from them.

Unfortunately, the media are not in the right headspace to cover corruption so blatant.

In other political and punditry news:

Fighting against vaccine mandates can be profitable. So can running a radical right movement.

Tucker Carlson claims mandatory vaccination in the military is designed to weed out real men.

The Wall Street Journal is shocked, shocked, Biden’s tax plan would raise taxes on people making “a mere $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for married couples.” The word “mere” in that sentence is doing a lot of work.

Georgia’s Fulton County is predominantly black. The white-dominated, Republican-dominated legislature may be preparing to replace the election board with handpicked candidates.

“The three-volume report by the Cyber Ninjas, the Senate’s lead contractor, includes results that show Trump lost by a wider margin than the county’s official election results. The data in the report also confirms that U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly won in the county” But Cyber Ninjas still says the results are inconclusive.

As Roy Edroso points out, even Gavin Newsom beating the California recall with a 65 percent support vote still translates in the media into Democrats in danger.

A Qanon believer says fighting for the conspiracy is like being a member of special forces.

Ohio is now required to draw up political districts reflecting the preferences of Ohio voters. Unsurprisingly Ohio Republicans have a tortured rationale for why they deserve more seats.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

“We have empowered inauthentic actors to accumulate huge followings for largely unknown purposes.” — a look at how Facebook makes it easy for East European troll farms to reach eyeballs.

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