‘Tuberville has contrived a unique formula to wage the culture war by undermining the military, or, more likely, had that formula engineered for him. Credit: J Scott Applewhite / AP

Tuberville is performing Trump’s retribution against a military he believes confounded his coup – and is preparing the groundwork for his takeover in 2025.

Tommy Tuberville plays the fool with such conviction that he makes it difficult to imagine a motive behind his idiocy. He is really, truly, actually not acting. In ordinary times others might qualify as the stupidest member of the Senate, but none have matched his performance at a moment of profound and precarious international crisis. Tuberville’s freeze on promotions of general staff officers unless the federal government denies reproductive health services – abortions – to women in the military has significantly disrupted readiness, upended the chain of command and otherwise endangered national security. Of 852 general and flag officers, he has placed 387 holds so far. By the end of the year, 90% of generals and admirals will be […]

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