There’s ample evidence of two recurring themes in today’s news:
- Republicans are all-in on a strategy that gratifies 33-ish% of the population because they believe that those folks, plus another 10-ish% of reflexive R’s and swing voters, will be enough to assure victory as long as their voter suppression efforts work.
- Republicans aren’t afraid of the death of the filibuster, and they will continue to use it to deny Democrats legitimate power.
Evidence for 1: Greg Abbott just signed a law that bans abortions in Texas after 6 weeks, with no rape or incest exceptions.
Evidence for 2: McConnell just came out against the 1/6 Commission, which likely means it won’t hit 60 votes.
We’re in a situation where one party takes holding on to power seriously, and another where the Manchinema faction apparently has a death wish. It is not hyperbole to say that the Republicans want to kill the Democratic Party (certainly figuratively, and in many cases, literally), yet I’m afraid quite a few in our party just don’t get it.
Side note: I don’t think the 1/6 commission agreement as it stands is what McCarthy wanted, but that blind pig seems to have yet again found an ear of corn. If the 1/6 commission bill passes, he and McConnell will lard it with partisans who will gum up the works. If it doesn’t pass, they won’t pay much of a political price. Either way, pretty much a draw, which in an environment where delay favors Republicans, makes it a win. I agree with Cole — just start investigating with Congressional committees.
Final point: As someone pointed out on Twitter, gotta love New York AG Tish James, but she sure announces more investigations that she convicts criminals. She announced that she’s joined the Manhattan DA in a criminal probe of the Trump Organization, but call me back when I see a perp walk.