"Jan. 6 report blames Trump, aims to prevent return to power"
Well there it is.
If it takes an 814-page report to state the obvious... so be it.
The cynic in me will hold off on the high fives and the champagne until the important stuff happens... the follow-up.
Good thing Trump doesn't live in a "shit-hole country." He would've had his ass thrown in jail a loooonnnnggg time ago.
“Was just advised that the Unselect Committee of political Thugs has withdrawn the Subpoena of me concerning the January 6th Protest of the CROOKED 2020 Presidential Election. They probably did so because they knew I did nothing wrong, or they were about to lose in Court. Perhaps the FBI’s involvement in RIGGING the Election played into their decision. In any event, the Subpoena is DEAD!”
With every passing day... my cynicism becomes more and more justified.
Anybody wanting to make sense of the current goings on in the House can enjoy this liberated from the paywall article:
The House Republican majority is currently paralyzed by an internecine power struggle that, like some ninth-century Byzantine religious schism, is simultaneously all-consuming to the participants and utterly inscrutable to outsiders.
Reporters attempting to discern the conflict have taken to describing the competing factions as “conservatives” (the far-right members opposed to Kevin McCarthy’s bid for Speaker of the House) and “moderates” (the much larger faction of Republicans loyal to him). But these labels do very little to clarify the strange mania devouring the House Republican caucus. If you define conservative in traditional terms — meaning loyal to the conservative movement of Goldwater and Reagan and opposed, in principle, to any new taxation or social-welfare benefits — the entire Republican caucus is composed of conservatives. McCarthy’s loyalists aren’t moderates and don’t describe themselves as such.
Indeed, the division has barely any real ideological content at all. What Republicans are fighting over is whether to accept the limits of sharing power.
One of the key differences between the two major parties is that Democrats accept the reality that their agenda is not going to move forward when the opposing party occupies the White House. Democratic partisans might grow angry at their leaders for failing to stop it, but members of Congress generally understand that there are limits to the power of the opposition, and even the most unrealistic Democratic rank-and-file voters don’t expect their leaders to actively advance liberal policy in the face of a Republican president. Progressive Democrats wanted to defend Obamacare from Donald Trump’s repeal attempt. They weren’t demanding that Nancy Pelosi somehow force Trump to enact Medicare for All.
Republican voters, by contrast, expect and demand that the conservative agenda be advanced even — perhaps especially — under Democratic presidents. The Republican caucus is routinely gripped by frenzied efforts to compel Democratic presidents to roll back the welfare state. Newt Gingrich shut down the government to pressure Bill Clinton to sign a capital-gains tax cut and reductions to Medicaid and Medicare. Republicans used both shutdowns and the debt ceiling to try to blackmail Barack Obama into repealing his signature health-care plan.
This is why Democrats tend to splinter when they hold power but unify in opposition while the reverse holds true for Republicans. Democratic demands expand when the party holds full control of government and contract in opposition. Republican aspirations paradoxically become more grandiose during Democratic presidencies, which draw Republican minds deeper into the fever swamps of hysteria, making them more insistent on demands for maximal confrontation. These demands are inevitably impossible, causing Republicans to turn, again and again, against their own leaders.
By way of illustration, take this op-ed by Representative Bob Good, one of the anti-McCarthy rebels. “We must elect a speaker who will utilize the power of the purse as leverage to restore fiscal sanity and defund the government tyranny we campaign against,” he writes. “For the good of the Republican conference, for the good of Congress and for the good of the country, let’s hope Republican leaders will listen to the will of their constituents and vote for transformational change on Jan. 3.”
Good believes that the Biden administration is imposing “government tyranny” and that the House will somehow bring it to an end through a funding agreement with the Biden administration. He believes the House should be a venue for “transformational change.” Many political activists and candidates have called for transformational change, but only on the right wing is it considered normal to expect this to happen while the other party controls the presidency.
Or consider this statement by Citizens for Renewing America executive director Wade Miller and reported in the conservative Daily Caller:
Kevin McCarthy is the essence of the uniparty swamp, where two parties pretend to oppose each other, offer show votes to demonstrate theoretical differences of opinion, but then always work together to advance and fund the woke and weaponized government leviathan that is leading the way in destroying our communities through the direct funding of incremental cultural Marxism.The putative complaint against McCarthy’s leadership is that he advanced “incremental cultural Marxism” through government funding. Of course, no such thing exists, which means McCarthy has no way to redress the complaint. The far right is angry about the Biden administration’s continued existence and wishes to blame the leadership for this fact.
Because this anger has no productive channel, it returns again and again in the form of internal recriminations. The House caucus during Democratic presidencies for the last quarter-century has been an endless procession of coup attempts. Gingrich was deposed for failing in his holy mission of forcing Clinton to slash government. John Boehner and Paul Ryan were driven into retirement. The House Republican caucus will be a cauldron of rage, because the party, at its core, does not believe it should be forced to share power.
Absolute shit show embarrassment taking place. The peoples business literally being held hostage in the name of hunger for power and more tv time. Sign of things to come from these clowns being entrusted with power and responsibility completely in over their heads.
This is good. From a former GOP political consultant, the next two years:
The debt ceiling vote is going to be fun.
Once the crazy wing of the House GOP start using some new terrorist tactic it just becomes normalised. They're from now on going to vote to block anything they don't like in the future and to hell with the consequence. What happens in 2024 if Biden wins and Trump or whoever the 2024 cult leader is says the election was stolen? 132 of these fuckers voted against certifying Biden's election last time, lots of relative moderates have retired and been replaced by crazies so if the GOP still control the House after the 2024 elections there's no way they're going to certify a Biden win which means he legally cannot stay in office.
I'm pretty sure I've expressed this before, but it merits bringing it up again.
Joe Biden will be 82 by the time he takes office were he to win in 2024 (and have none of those roadblocks you mention). Which means he'd be 86 by the time he finished his term.
Is this something the people really want??
I mean... I've heard "80 is the new 60"... but this is ridiculous.
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