In a subscribers-only piece in The Bulwark, Jonathan Last pretends we could go back in time to January 2017 and tell people that in six years:
Trump will have been impeached twice.
He will have been found guilty of rape by a jury of his peers.
He will have been soundly defeated for re-election, but refused to concede the loss.
In an effort to remain in power he will put in motion a vast conspiracy to overturn the result through extralegal methods.
When this conspiracy fails he will incite a violent insurrection in which he directs his armed supporters to invade the Capitol and prevent the certification of Electoral College votes.
He will be indicted in four separate criminal cases.
He will seek a return to the White House explicitly for the stated purpose of “retribution.”
And he will be leading the Republican field by >30 points.
“My point is that six years ago I don’t think many people on either side would have believed that today’s reality was likely. Or even possible. Yet here we are, actually living in something close to the worst-case scenario.
“And yet we are so habituated to this dark reality that we’ve come to see it as normal.”
“Trump wants the Republican Party to remain beholden to him, and is desperate to retain his GOP power past Jan. 20. Top Republicans are increasingly queasy about the two runoffs in Georgia on Jan. 5 that will determine which party controls the Senate. Last night’s White House actions undermine the GOP Senate candidates by fomenting turmoil and distraction, and robbing the senators of a clear win on the stimulus.”
Matt Gaetz is just a shutdown-promoting asshat
Who wants to oust McCarthy if he works with Democrats.
But he needs the cooperation
Of the Democrat delegation,
So what do they do to Gaetz if HE works with Democrats?
“Because despite all the blather about Biden and Trump being the two most known ‘known quantities’ in politics, we actually don’t know how dangerous and destabilizing Trump might prove to be as his mind bends under the strain of an election and four indictments. … Or whether it’ll break entirely once he’s back in power and surrounded by the most obsequious fascist toadies he can find.”
“House Republicans are gleefully letting Donald Trump function as their chief political strategist at the expense of American families. Trump’s behavior is shameful, but unsurprising from someone who has demonstrated he couldn’t care less about the American people.”
— A spokesman for President Biden’s campaign hit House Republicans for heeding Donald Trump’s calls to dig in on a government shutdown if they don’t get “everything,” The Hill reports.
A new Monmouth poll finds that if the federal government does shut down, 43% of the American public will hold the Republicans in Congress most responsible while 27% will place the blame on President Biden and 21% will blame congressional Democrats.
President Joe Biden’s younger dog, Commander, bit another U.S. Secret Service agent at the White House Monday evening, the 11th known biting incident involving the 2-year-old German Shepherd, CNN reports.
A new Pew Research poll finds that 65% of Americans “say the way the president is elected should be changed so that the winner of the popular vote nationwide wins the presidency. …. A third favor keeping the current Electoral College system.”