George Town

“Embattled New York Republican Rep. George Santos is voluntarily stepping down from his committee assignments amid outcry over his fabricated biography and ongoing questions about his personal and campaign finances.” On one hand, in an era of dangerous corruption and lies, the Santos story seems over-covered. On the other hand, Santos does feel like a poster-child for our political age. He has completely invented a biography, he lies habitually, and during any other period, he would have stepped down. Instead, he’s sticking around and winning in the one arena that modern humans seem to hold most dear: the attention economy. Selfies, karaoke and Chick-fil-A: Rep. George Santos is reveling in the spotlight despite investigations. (With that list of activities, he could tell me he’s one of my teenage kids and I’d probably believe him.)

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