GOP quickly shifts focus away from inflation, economics

  • Hunter Biden’s business dealings
  • The treatment of defendants of January 6 in prison
  • The actions of the FBI, the Justice Department
  • A Ministry of Education investigation into threats to school boards
  • The possible impeachment of the Secretary of Homeland Security
  • An overview of how social media companies treat conservatives
  • An investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak

The biggest target for Republicans is clearly Joe Biden’s son.

“Does Hunter know we took the house?” tweeted Republican Mike Collins, who won a congressional seat from Georgia’s 10th congressional district.

Another favorite GOP whip boy for the next Congress is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert.

In most of official Washington, Fauci is revered for his years of service spanning more than five decades.

Among Republicans in Congress, Fauci is a four-letter word when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak and response.

“We will keep a close eye on his lies, destruction and medical tyranny,” said US Representative Andrew Clyde, R-Athens. “Accountability is coming.”

It’s not entirely clear what the Republicans will gain in hearings in which they publicly berate Fauci — who told reporters this week that he likes to appear before a GOP convention.

“We can defend and explain and stand behind everything we’ve said,” Fauci said at the White House. “I have nothing to hide.”

Democrats were quick to note how a slew of GOP investigations and confrontation hearings have left the Republican economic message in the dust.

“House Republicans have had a lot to say about crime, inflation and gas prices,” said U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. “Now they just want to talk about Hunter Biden.”

Georgia’s Republicans in Congress certainly have an economic message that resonates with voters.

Instead, the GOP focus right now is on Hunter Biden, Anthony Fauci, impeachment and calls to defund the FBI.

We’ll see if that’s a recipe for success at the 118th Congress.

Jamie Dupree has reported on national politics and Congress from Washington, DC, since the Reagan administration. His column appears weekly in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For more information, check out his Capitol Hill newsletter at

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