Look, that’s not the most important detail in the whole story, but it’s the most brutal – and hilarious – to me.

Imagine being one of the youngest members of Congress so desperate for attention that you go on a podcast and pretend that your colleagues are constantly inviting you to sex parties and doing cocaine in front of you – pissing everyone off so much. Republican Party they dare you name names. And then, when you can’t/don’t, imagine being forced to argue with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) where you not only have to admit that you were a little hyperbolic about the podcast, but that the person you claimed to see using cocaine was actually a member of staff (not a colleague) doing something that looked like snorting cocaine in a parking lot – but you’re not all absolutely sure because said person was a football field away from you.

And if all that isn’t humiliating enough, imagine McCarthy having to do some damage control for you, telling reporters that you privately admitted to him that you…maybe don’t know what cocaine is.

Everything is purely and simply delicious.

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It’s all been an incredibly invigorating story for those of us weary of what it means to care about politics these days; a gift that keeps on giving in the form of a little update: Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) would be skipping the first post-cocaine/orgy drama debate.

According to the Asheville Citizen Times, Cawthorn will not be participating in tonight’s Republican debate at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. Organizers told the Citizen Times they expect all eight candidates vying for the Cawthorn seat, including Cawthorn, to attend.

His campaign claims the decision to jump is tied to Cawthorn’s busy schedule as he juggles his job in Washington and his re-election campaign efforts at home.

According to the Citizen Times:

Cawthorn spokesman Luke Ball said there were more than 10 debates planned and the congressman had committed to hosting two. He could do “a few” more, but he had no plans to attend the Agricultural Center event, Ball said.

“We want to do at least a few more, and so we’re trying to balance the obvious need to be in DC for certain things, having to attend to certain district meetings and things like that.”

But it comes at a crucial, dare I say, vital time for his campaign. While Cawthorn likely earned additional credence with Trump supporters after appearing at Trump’s ‘Save America Rally’ this weekend, it’s unclear how much influence that will actually have on primary voters once Republicans finish. to drag him through the mud for daring to turn a conspiracy theory on one of their own.

Cawthorn’s cocaine and sex party allegations have prompted some high-profile Republicans, like Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), to back one of his key midterm opponents, the state senator from North Carolina, Chuck Edwards (R). Edwards was also recently endorsed by the powerful law enforcement union, the Police Benevolent Association.

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