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"Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There was absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so...."

"The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump, accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure President elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term. The President’s immediate action also deserves congressional action, which is why I think a fact finding commission and a censure resolution woul...
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Biden, Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Antifa, what Trump did to the GOP, the Trump resistance

"Given the smaller number of seditious members in the Senate, McConnell’s task is far easier: Conduct a quick Senate trial; convict Trump and..."

"... ban him from future office; expel Cruz and Hawley; and then vote to censure others who tried to deny voters the president and vice president they chose. McConnell should do these things not because it is the only moral, decent course, but because he is smarter than McCarthy and knows that to do any less would starve his members of financial support and set them up for losses from pro-democracy primary challengers or Democrats. And we know one thing: McConnell is not dumb."  From "Impeachm...
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, House, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Mccarthy, Cruz, Trump, Mike Pence, McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Rubin, Hawley, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse

"This was not a protest, this was a well-organized insurrection against our country that was organized by Donald Trump."

Said Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, Chair of the House Rules Committee, opening the debate this morning on the Article of Impeachment, quoted in "The House begins debating impeachment charge against Trump." (NYT). McGovern asserted that he looked into some people's eyes and "saw evil." I'm seeing the live vote embedded at the Times, and it is strictly along party lines... ... even though the text of the article says "Republicans were fracturing over the vote." And:Sena...
Tags: Eyes, Law, Putin, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Evil, House, Mitch McConnell, Times, Evidence, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, McGovern, House Rules Committee, Jim McGovern

Trump's last stand about to unfold in Congress.

Let's watch here:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Congress, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP

"The Georgia results broke the back of Trumpism. His phone call to Brad Raffensperger was hunker-in-the-bunker bonkers."

"The President’s coattails are toxic. He under-performed all five Republican congressmen in Wisconsin, who won election without difficulty. Had he matched their performance, he would have won the state. Georgia, we should note, elected a Republican legislature in November and until today had two Republican U.S. senators. Republicans in November flipped two Democratic seats to take 10 of its 14 House seats even as Trump lost the state for the first Republican defeat in 28 years..... As for the cr...
Tags: Law, Georgia, House, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, Trump, Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, what Trump did to the GOP, Brad Raffensperger, 2024 Campaign, Nikki Haley Like

It looks as though the Democrats have won control of Congress.

Does this frighten you or is your heart lightened? Surely, it's a complicated mix, whichever side you're on.If, overall, you support the Democratic Party, yes, of course, you feel good, but what worries you about the prospect of the Democratic Party control of Congress? What's the downside? If, overall, you support the GOP, it's got to hurt, but how might your party benefit long term?I'm asking these questions with the assumption that Joe Biden will be sworn in as President. Please don't use the...
Tags: Law, Congress, Georgia, Joe Biden, Gop, Democratic Party, Electoral College, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Biden's Congress

"President Trump took to Twitter Friday evening to make the unfounded assertion that Georgia’s two Senate races are 'illegal and invalid,' an argument that could complicate his efforts..."

"... to convince his supporters to turn out for Republican candidates in the two runoff races that will determine which party controls the Senate... Some Republican leaders are afraid that his supporters will take the president’s argument seriously, and decide that voting in a 'corrupt' system is not worth their time, a development that could hand the election to the Democrats." The NYT reports.  I'm pretty sure the NYT wants to help the Democrats, so anything that looks like advice to Trum...
Tags: Law, Senate, Georgia, Gop, Republican, Trump, McConnell, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump 2024, Senate Some Republican

"Like Nietzsche’s Socrates, Trump was 'the buffoon who got himself taken seriously.' Unlike a Socratic buffoon, however..."

"... Trump never overcame himself. Bereft of the wider critique that once confounded political elites, his personality cult is no longer compelling even as a vessel for ressentiment. Its chief acolytes today are the legacy media operations whose fortunes his nonstop controversies helped revive, opportunistic scribblers hoping to cash in on one more #Maga or #Resistance potboiler, and those who prefer that the media focus on anything except the substantive issues raised in 2016. They will happily...
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Trump, Socrates, Nietzsche, Ann Althouse, Maga, what Trump did to the GOP, Julius Krein, Socrates Trump, Trump the ex-President, Trump and the media

"You have, then, the calm conservatism of George H. W. Bush and the fevered conservatism of Patrick Buchanan; the balm of Jeb Bush and..."

"... the bluntness of Donald Trump; the moderation of Theresa May and the flamboyance of Boris Johnson; of Angela Merkel, perhaps the most properly conservative of our contemporary leaders, against the radical outliers of reactionary German nationalism. Fawcett sees this as the core conflict within the right, always present, forever waxing or waning, and central to the future of Western democracy." Writes Andrew Sullivan, in a NYT review of "CONSERVATISM/The Fight for a Tradition" by Edmund Fa...
Tags: Law, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Boris Johnson, Hitler, Donald Trump, Trump, George H W Bush, Sullivan, Fawcett, Edmund Burke, Patrick Buchanan, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse

Trump is more likely to regain the presidency in 2024 if the GOP fails in the Georgia runoffs and loses the Senate majority.

True or false? I'd put up a survey, but I'm afraid you'll vote impulsively, so I'm just starting a discussion. I'm assuming Trump will keep raging and rallying and never stop. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Senate, Georgia, Gop, Trump, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump 2024

"[T]he fact that Biden did not lead his party to a landslide will... give him certain political advantages. He will not be permitted..."

"... to re-enact the New Deal or the Great Society, but neither will he be tempted into ideologically driven debacles like Bill Clinton’s failed health care push or even Donald Trump’s failed attempt to repeal Obamacare. Having Joe Manchin and Susan Collins as the most powerful figures in the Senate will not be good for progressivism’s policy objectives, but it could be very good for Biden’s popularity, enabling him to chart a moderate course while telling the left, sorry, but my hands are tied....
Tags: Law, Senate, Bill Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Health And Human Services, Tea Parties, Ross Douthat, Obama White House, Trump White House, Joe Manchin, Xavier Becerra, Ann Althouse, Moderation, what Trump did to the GOP

"Trump’s story of what happened in the 2020 election bears all the hallmarks of McCarthyite myth: conspiring elites, hidden corruption, even the threat of an imminent socialist takeover."

"And though Trump will no doubt leave office on Jan. 20, that story — and the powerful sense of grievance behind it — is sure to thrive in the years ahead. Trump has all but vowed to run again in 2024. Even if he doesn’t, he will continue to sell the tale of his martyrdom through Twitter and cable news and talk radio and conspiracy sites — forms of direct public communication that McCarthy would have envied. After 1954, when media gatekeepers such as Edward R. Murrow turned against him, McCarthy...
Tags: Law, Washington, Yale, Mccarthy, Trumpism, Trump, Joe McCarthy, Edward R Murrow, Beverly Gage, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump the ex-President, Trump 2024

"This might have been a holy-shit speech, but it came in the 'yeah, whatever' phase of Trump’s lame-duck Presidency...."

"The temptation is to look away, to move on, to cringe and avert your gaze. That is exactly what the Republicans in the Senate, who have stood by Trump through impeachment and other ignominies, have done this week, pivoting so seamlessly into bashing the new Biden Administration that they never even stopped to acknowledge its existence.... Do Republicans think they have a free pass to pretend that the past four years never happened? Do they think they can simply return to the partisan status quo...
Tags: Law, Senate, Biden, Trump, Susan B. Glasser, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP, Biden Administration

"Democrats have been quick to dismiss any Trump supporter as a racist, homophobe or redneck, but they all shared a common trait with him..."

"... an unapologetic love of America. The Republican success down-ballot and in state legislatures shows the folly of this condescension and sends a clear message that a majority of Americans are not ready for the socialist agenda favored by the radical left. Not only were there more Trump voters in 2020, there were more Hispanic and African-American voters backing Trump. The supreme irony here is that gradually the Republicans are becoming the party of the working class.... [T]o the media:... ...
Tags: Law, America, Fox News, Trump, Martha MacCallum, Kevin, Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Maureen Dowd, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP

My poll, my options — do your own poll if you don't like the constraints.

Trump voters only please: If you had to pick the 2024 GOP nominee right now: Trump Tom Cotton free polls [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Gop, Polls, Tom Cotton, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump 2024, Trump Tom Cotton

I'm collecting old headlines like "Biden Will Win. Republicans Should Understand Why."

That, by Bill Scher, was published at Real Clear Politics the day before Election Day. In the light of the morning after Election Day, let's see how that reads now:  Joe Biden is going to win.  I have been wrong before. I will be wrong again. And maybe I’m wrong today. But we do not have any significant data to suggest Donald Trump was ever in a position to win reelection, or that he is closing the campaign with any sort of momentum needed for a come-from-behind victory. We were patronizingly i...
Tags: Law, America, Joe Biden, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Nov, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Bill Scher, Scher, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Trump 2020, Hunter Biden

"The Trump faithful also accused us of trying to get rich on our Never Trump status. Yes, the founders of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project are now taking in lots of donations..."

"... but that was after burning personal and financial bridges to the Republican Party that sustained them and built their handsome homes over the years. (For the record, I have received zero compensation for my association with the Lincoln Project, but I hope the owners of the organization get plenty rich. They’ve earned it.) For most of us, media appearances came only with a ride to the studio and free coffee. (At 30 Rock in New York, at least it was Starbucks.)... If we’d been in it for our o...
Tags: Coffee, New York, Law, Atlantic, Starbucks, Republican Party, Madison, Susan Collins, Cafe, Trump, Tom Nichols, Ben Sasse, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Lincoln Project, Trump Lincoln Project

"Where Do Republicans Go From Here?/The party looks brain-dead at every spot Trump touches. But off in the corners, there’s a lot of intellectual ferment."

That's just the new David Brooks column, but I'm linking to it because it has a very cool illustration by Tim Enthoven. And I like that it fits so squarely into my tag "what Trump did to the GOP" which you might enjoy clicking on for a trip down memory lane. Here's some Brooks:If you came of age with conservative values and around Republican politics in the 1980s and 1990s, you lived within a certain Ronald Reagan-Margaret Thatcher paradigm. It was about limiting government, spreading democracy ...
Tags: David Brooks, Law, Wikipedia, Reagan, Joe Biden, Harvard, Gop, Marco Rubio, Catholic, John Mccain, Republican Party, Republican, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Sam

"The media can keep calling you 'Republicans,' but if you support Democrats, take Democratic Party positions, make voting for Democrats all the way down the ticket a... moral imperative..."

"... and then take most of your money from big Democratic Party donors, you’re a Democrat. That’s fine. You should embrace it. I’m not really a fan of making a big deal over a group’s funding. Your arguments should stand on their own. I don’t care who pays you. But if you advertise your cause as something it’s not, you’re a fraud. And the biggest funders of The Lincoln Project aren’t distraught Republicans but long-time Democratic Party operatives."From "Who Funds The Lincoln Project? Exactly Wh...
Tags: Law, Democratic Party, Ann Althouse, David Harsanyi, Democratic Party in Trumpland, what Trump did to the GOP, Lincoln Project

"For the past few months, Trump and the conservative propaganda apparatus have struggled to make the old race-and-gender-baiting rhetoric stick to Biden."

"But voters don’t appear to believe that Biden is an avatar of the 'radical left.' They don’t think Biden is going to lock up your manhood in a 'testicle lockbox.' They don’t buy that Biden’s platform, which is well to the left of the ticket he joined in 2008, represents a quiet adherence to 'Kenyan anti-colonialism.' Part of this is that Biden has embraced popular liberal positions while avoiding the incentive to adopt more controversial or unpopular positions during the primary. But it’s also ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Joe Biden, Atlantic, Fox News, Republican Party, Oklahoma, Biden, Trump, Nixon, Laura Ingraham, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Left-wing Ideology, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP

"Pierce Bush is first Bush to lose Texas race in over 40 years."

CBS News reports on the primary loss for a grandson of George H.W. Bush. Pierce Bush was running for a congressional seat in Houston. He was well funded and had the endorsement of the retiring Congressman from the district.Troy Nehls and Kathaleen Wall, staunch defenders of President Donald Trump, advanced instead to the runoff.... Although Pierce Bush, 34, made clear from the outset of his run in December that he was an ally of Trump, he didn't do so with zeal of rivals who promised fierce loya...
Tags: Texas, Law, Cbs News, Houston, Donald Trump, Trump, Bush, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections, Trump 2020, what Trump did to the GOP, Troy Nehls, Kathaleen Wall, Pierce Bush, a random Bush, George H W Bush Pierce Bush

The deceptiveness of Politico's claim that Trump called the coronavirus "a hoax."

I watched the Trump rally last night, so I knew as soon as I saw this that it was a serious distortion. Headline: "Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax.'"Here's how the text quotes him:"The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. They're politicizing it,” he said. “They don't have any clue. They can't even count their votes in Iowa. No, they can't. They can't count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia...
Tags: Law, Politico, Russia, Ukraine, Iowa, Republican Party, Trump, R, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Fake News, Trump and the press, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Russia Russia Russia, what Trump did to the GOP, Trump and medicine

Trump is about to give his victory speech.

You can watch it live at NPR, here.ADDED: A very enjoyable speech. Spontaneous. Some rally-style, good-humored nastiness at the beginning — "evil corrupt... dirty cops... it was all bullshit" — but most of it was team building. Early on he said, "You develop friends in battle," and it turned into his thanking and celebrating the individual friends, not just for what they did helping him win his fight, but also for how they won their own way into politics, and what their wonderful future could be...
Tags: Law, Baseball, Npr, Trump, Ivanka, Barron, Steve Scalise, Scalise, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Barron Trump, Impeachment, what Trump did to the GOP

"Rushing an impeachment case through the House without due process and giving the Senate a half-baked case to finish set a dangerous precedent."

"If the Senate were to convict, it would risk making this kind of quick, partisan impeachment in the House a regular occurrence. That would serve only to further deepen the divides that seem to permeate every part of our society today.... While the Senate is where this impeachment process will end, it is also the Senate that is best suited to help turn the page and begin a new chapter. We can do that by demonstrating that we can work together and address the issues our constituents care most abo...
Tags: Law, Senate, House, Ohio, Rob Portman, Portman, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Democratic Party in Trumpland, what Trump did to the GOP, NYT Portman

"It has always been ugly and a little nuts in our huge, complicated country. We last had a relatively stable consensus during George Washington’s first term..."

"Since then, right and left in the United States regularly vie for and lose power, frequently giving us deeply flawed leaders. And the world doesn’t end, even though it sometimes feels that way. As I grew up, I started to see the narrative pattern: Democrats were going 'extinct' in 1972 with Richard M. Nixon’s landslide. Republicans were 'finished' after Watergate and the 1976 election. In 1984, Democrats were really 'doomed' this time, wiped out by the 'Reagan Revolution.' Of course, the way Re...
Tags: Law, Reagan, United States, James Comey, Trump, Nixon, George Washington, WaPo, Comey, Richard M Nixon, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, 2020 Elections, Democratic Party in Trumpland, what Trump did to the GOP

"Up next: More on the death of the Republican Party."

On MSNBC just now: That's "AM Joy" — Joy Reid.The hysteria is running high on MSNBC. I drop in to see them deep into the "death" metaphor, and it was really weird to hear them using death to keep the audience as they broke for commercial. What a nutty promise: More death! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Death, Law, Metaphor, Republican Party, Msnbc, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Joy Reid, what Trump did to the GOP

"In fact, Trump killed the old Republican Party and now he alone animates the zombie party that lurched forward after its death."

Writes Charles M. Blow in "Donald Trump, Life of a Zombie Party/And an army is blindly following" (NYT).Yes, Blow is always against Trump, but it's a good line. It fits within a concept I've been tracking under the tag "what Trump did to the GOP." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Zombies, Gop, Republican Party, Trump, Charles M. Blow, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Donald Trump Life of a Zombie Party

Trump calls never Trumpers "human scum."

The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, what Trump did to the GOP

"Trump's burn-down-the-House plan.... Trump really only trusts his own instincts. And his instincts here are the same as they were with the Mueller investigation: Fight like hell."

Axios outlines Trump's plan for the all-out fight:No nuance or apology — not a hint of it.Turn the leader of the investigation (in this case, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff) into a conservative media villain.Condemn Trump enemies in the most incendiary and exaggerated language possible (treason, traitors, coup, etc.).There's a second set of bullet points, for "Why it matters," which are followed by the announcement of the "bottom line" that these are not "helpful signals for Trump":Repu...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, White House, Syria, House, Trump, Adam Schiff, Mueller, House Intelligence, Ann Althouse, July Trump, Impeachment, Axios, Trump troubles

This Vanity Fair title struck me as not just wrong but embarrassingly obtuse: "Romney is the pressure point in the impeachment process."

I'm looking at "'ROMNEY IS THE PRESSURE POINT IN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS': MITT WON’T PRIMARY TRUMP—BUT HE’S TRYING TO BRING HIM DOWN" by Gabriel Sherman (in Vanity Fair). I mean, it sounds like what Romney wants himself to be and what Trump haters would love to be able to be but any Trump supporter would just laugh at.So, here's the actual context:According to people close to Romney, he’s firmly decided against primarying Trump, an enterprise he believes to be a sure loser given Trump’s endurin...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Metaphor, Gop, Mitt Romney, Vanity Fair, Malayalam, Trump, Romney, Gabriel Sherman, Ann Althouse, Dim Mak, Impeachment, what Trump did to the GOP, Susan Collins Cory Gardner Ben Sasse Romney, Nila Marma Sthana

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