‘In 3 days, that ENDS’: Stefanik declares ‘failed one-party Democrat rule’ over following NYTs hit piece

As leftists continue to self-soothe over the reality that the brakes have been slammed on President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s endeavor to drive America off a cliff, corporate media’s dependence on smearing the GOP as fractured has only grown and Saturday Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) added insult to their injury as sights were turned on her with a not so subtle reminder about the coming week.

Elected House Republican Conference chair in May 2021 to replace ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Stefanik holds the third highest position in the House Republican Caucus behind Reps. Kevin McCarthy (CA) and Steve Scalise (LA). In that role she is responsible for directing the daily operations of the conference and a New Year’s Eve tweet foretold what that would look like with the beginning of the 118th Congress.

“For the past two years, the American people have suffered from crisis after crisis because of failed one-party Democrat rule in Washington,” she tweeted. “In 3 days, that ENDS.”

The New York lawmaker went on to write, “In the new Republican House majority, we will deliver real #RESULTS for the American people through our Commitment to America,” and that “House Republicans will hold Joe Biden and his Administration accountable for their disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal.”

But, while she was focused on the future for Republicans and the country as a whole, the New York Times remained trapped in the past as reporter Nicholas Confessore unleashed a lengthy hit piece on the self-described “Ultra-MAGA” representative portraying her late arrival as an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump as wholly opportunistic.

In the piece, “The Invention of Elise Stefanik,” Confessore wrote, “Fox hosts attacked her for not supporting Mr. Trump enough. Her friends criticized her for not opposing him more forcefully. You don’t understand, she would tell them. You don’t get how hard this is. Democrats were back in charge in the House. [former Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI] was gone, driven into early retirement. She told friends she was thinking of joining him.”

“Instead she embarked on one of the most brazen political transformations of the Trump era. With breathtaking speed and alacrity, Ms. Stefanik remade herself into a fervent Trump apologist, adopted his over-torqued style on Twitter and embraced the conspiracy theories that animate his base, amplifying debunked allegations of dead voters casting ballots in Atlanta and unspecified ‘irregularities’ involving voting-machine software in 2020 swing states,” he continued.

“The future of hopeful, aspirational politics in America now assails Democrats as ‘the party of Socialists, illegals, criminals, Communist Truth Ministers & media stenographers.’ In the process,” the reporter stated, “she has rocketed from the backbench to the party’s No. 3 House leadership job, presiding over the conference’s overall messaging.”

“Ms. Stefanik’s reinvention has made her a case study in the collapse of the old Republican establishment and its willing absorption into the new, Trump-dominated one,” the article contended after asserting she had referred to the former president as a “whack job” with no context given.

The efforts by Confessore, who also works as a political analyst for MSNBC, to malign the congresswoman were akin to his network colleague Chris Hayes who recently argued that the Republican ideology had “collapsed in on itself” because of Trump’s influence and that “they don’t know what they believe anymore.”

To accept that Stefanik has shifted from a moderate Republican to more conservative is far less of a political change than that of President Ronald Reagan who left the Democratic Party to become, as many argue, one of the best presidents in the history of the United States.

As for the reporter’s conclusion that, “Mr. Trump liked her, they said, and liked watching her defend him. But even he didn’t trust her,” that is a position that voters would be wise to take as well regarding all elected officials as they remain the final check on government.

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