“There was an attack carried out on January 6 and a hit man sent them.”
— Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn 07-27-21
Like all good Republicans, the indentured servants at Stately Blaska Manor watch Fox News. No one else but Fox is covering the deluge of illegal migrants on the Mexican border, the human slaughter in our big cities, critical race theory, the inflationary economy, or the Wuhan change of function controversy.
Tucker Carlson, for one, performs some serious journalism. But his insurrection denial rang the bell and won the kewpie doll last night. He mocked Rep. Adam Kinzinger for tearing up during the congressional investigatory hearing. The four Capitol police officers who testified before the committee were “carefully chosen.” As Carlson spoke, video on screen showed tourists recording the Capitol rotunda on their smart phones, not smashing glass. No police wailing in pain.
Hannity was worse. The Almighty Trump, in his universe, did not incite violence during his red meat tirade on January 6 — after six months of claiming the election would be stolen (when opinion polls showed him losing) and then denouncing “The Crime of the Century.” Washington is full of snakes and rats, etc. The Vice President must “do the right thing.”
When the Joint Chiefs of Staff feel they must announce they will not aid or abet a coup, you know the republic is in serious trouble.
No, Trump’s hands are clean, Sean Trumpitty insisted, because at the end of his incendiary fulminations, Trump attached a tiny asterisk, invoking his listeners to be “peaceful” and “patriotic.” That’s known as a wink and a nod. Somehow, 600 or so Trump supporters breached the Capitol yelling “Stop the Steal!” Erected a gallows intended for Mike Pence. Came equipped with bear spray, restraint devices, and pipe bombs.
In the immediate aftermath, on the floor of the House, GOP leader Kevin McCarthy put the blame on mame, boys. Trump himself pooh poohed McCarthy’s pleas during the assault on democracy with, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” Sens. Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell are on record denouncing Trump by name. Down the memory hole!
Nixon was framed!
After blaming at first a false flag Antifa operation, then the FBI, the official party line now is that it’s all Nancy Pelosi’s fault. That’s like blaming the police for a crime wave.
January 6 was an insurrection — a failed insurrection but so was the Whiskey Rebellion. Maybe a 2 on a scale of 10. But still an attack on the foundation of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power.
Nancy Pelosi did hand Republicans a victory by bouncing Jim Jordan from the investigatory committee. Should have kept him on so that he could knit his own noose.
Blaska’s Bottom Line #1: Republicans are correct to say that Democrats want to focus on January 6 rather than their own failed governance. The putative party of law and order is helping them do so by denying the elephant in the room.
Blaska’s Bottom Line #2: We can’t beat AOC and Ilhan Omar with Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Blaska’s Bottom Line #3: The head groundskeeper realizes he is out of step with the majority of his party. A new Associated Press poll says two thirds of the party believe Joe Biden is illegitimate. Three quarters of the party look on Trump as an asset but 60% of ALL voters dislike the man. Supporting Trump, then, amounts to a political death wish.
→ Trump endorsee loses Texas GOP primary.