Karma and irony are duking it out to claim this week’s crown for “best practical joke on a Member of Congress.” As always in a Washington week there’s usually plenty of each to go around, although sometimes it’s tough to tell the two apart.
Like two weekends ago: that was karma at her best as venue after venue slammed its doors in the faces of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz as they criss-crossed the Los Angeles suburbs looking for someplace to host their hate-infused “rally.” They ended up on a free public access beach and Gaetz got punked. Gaetz, who loves shooting off his mouth, him getting punked – that’s the ironic part.
Meanwhile this week in our nation’s capital, South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman became one of three Republican Members of Congress to file a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claiming that the $500 fines levied against each of them for violating the House mask mandate are unconstitutional. Norman was joined in the lawsuit by Greene and Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
A number of their colleagues have quietly paid their fines and moved, but Norman and the others stayed to fight. They’re also vowing to oppose Pelosi’s recent reinstatement of a mask mandate, which she announced as part of a stepped-up effort to control the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Hearing that, karma got busy. It took a few days, but …
On Thursday Norman disclosed that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a statement he revealed, “After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a covid-19 test and was just informed the test results were positive,” Norman tweeted Thursday afternoon. “Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild.”
Norman added that he would be in quarantine for the next 10 days and work virtually “to every extent possible.”
Not to be outdone, irony dug up this tweet last week from Norman, in which he bares his soul and acknowledges his dread: “Government-imposed mask mandates represent a harmful combination of virtue signaling and unjustified fear.”