You may have seen that Congresswoman Nancy Mace went literary for Halloween this year by wearing a dramatic “scarlet A” to work. She said she wore it because she was being unfairly persecuted “as a woman” for voting against former Speaker Kevin McCarthy in the motion to vacate his position (to fire him from Speaker). She joined only eight other Republicans in the move.
Some (mostly sexist and liberal) X users thought perhaps Nancy hadn’t read the Scarlet letter and was invoking pretty weird imagery for a political dispute. But they’d probably be wrong. Insiders would speculate there may be another reason she chose this particular imagery.
From hating on President Trump to starring in Vanity Fair articles (aptly titled) where she says she “gives 0 f**cks” about what her colleagues think of her, Nancy Mace is making a brand for herself as very attention needy but with no original ideas. Matt Gaetz with whom she threw her lot when she cast her “controversial” vote (not that controversial outside the walls of Congress), is also a preening diva but at least he leads bold efforts instead of simply following along. At least he knows that President Trump is the only future we have.
So in honor of Nancy Mace showing up to America’s least fun Halloween Party as Hester Prynne in a suit, let’s look at what book our favorite politicians will be basing their costumes on?
- Former (Ousted) Speaker Kevin McCarthy: Professor Snape From Harry Potter
Kevin identifies with Snape because a lot of people see him as a bad guy but really he’s just pretty unpopular and kinda weirdly friendly with bad guys. Years from now someone will ask him how he can still carry a torch for the Speakership after all this time and he’ll say, “always.”
- Rep. Matt Gaetz: Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
Some see Jay Gatsby as a hero and some see him as a self-serving drama queen/kind of a murderer. Gaetz likes to be the center of the party. He knows how to get attention and he knows how to hold a grudge. Gatsby is his perfect costume.
- Senator Mitch McConnell: Franklin the Turtle of Franklin
He just has a turtle vibe tbh.
- Rep. Jamaal Bowman: Amelia Bedelia from Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedlia also would absolutely believe that a sign saying “alarm will sound and open door for 30 seconds” means to pull the fire alarm in order to open the door.
- Speaker ~Emeritus~ Nancy Pelosi: Mrs. Havisham from Great Expectations
Because she too refuses to leave the House.
- Rep. Eric Swallwell: The Wimpy Kid from Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I know it’s hard to tell but Eric Swallwell is wearing a mask here.
- Rep. Jim Jordan: Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes
Whatever it is, he’ll get to the bottom of it. Investigator and Chief. Watch out, Hunter Biden. ELEMENTARY!
- The Squad got together to be: The Scarecrow, The Tinman, The Lion and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
To be honest any one of them could have been any of the characters. Brainless, heartless, cowardly or a political messaging tool in pigtails. Actually no, AOC does have to be Dorothy because she is plainly their boss.
- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
She might be a little crazy but “we’re all mad here” should be the Congressional motto.
Happy Literary Halloween ya lunatics!