The Politics of Bob

Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife Nadine Menendez depart a Manhattan courthouse after they were arraigned on federal bribery charges on September 27, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

There’s nothing easier than doing the right thing when doing the right thing is good for your bottom line.

It’s why partisan Republicans are forever eager to accuse anti-Trump conservatives of having ulterior motives. The truth is that if you lean right politically and are willing to say anything to please an audience, you’re more likely to make bank at Fox News or The Daily Wire or by running your own populist propaganda site than you are by doing guest shots on MSNBC. Being a Never Trumper will cost you more opportunities than it’ll earn you, take it from me.

But you can understand why partisans insist on believing otherwise. If anti-Trumpers are bought and paid for, their moral chastisements hold no force. They simply followed their bottom line and dressed it up as “doing the right thing.”

Why, if anything, they’re the most corrupt actors in the party.

Which brings us to Bob Menendez.

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