Fucking Democrats…

Instead of giving the Republican senators a stark choice last week between voting for the bipartisan January 6 Commission and facing a majority Democratic House Select Committee investigating the MAGA riot, with the power to subpoena whoever they want and broadcasting their sworn testimony live on television (with no veto from GOP reps, who could include insurrectionists Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, Marjorie Taylor QAnon, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, etc. — see full list of House 2020 election-contesting Select Committee contenders at [1]), we read that Democratic leaders are still fretting about the right way forward.

There’s still a ghost of a chance, some optimistic Democrats appear to think, that six more Republicans will come forward to sacrifice their careers, and possibly endanger their families’ lives, by voting for the evenly bipartisan commission Republicans in the House demanded, and got.

Here’s a headline, reporting the most recent “action” by the Democrats:

Pelosi Weighing Options On How To move Forward With Jan. 6 Commission.

I know that the Democrats, like the Republicans, work for corporations, that not alienating wealthy mega-donors is the name of the game, and that they rightfully don’t want to look like like McConnell’s lockstep, vindictive, truth-defying Trumpist zombies, but WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK is wrong with Democratic leadership?

Vote A or you will get B, motherfuckers.

What is hard about framing a simple choice like that? It presents the only two choices open to anyone who wants to fight to preserve democracy. If not A, we must do B, there is no third option, no compromise possible with a party of blustering zealots and cringing careerist cowards.

Mind you, this filibuster was over something that should not have been partisan, like wearing a mask during a deadly pandemic (“Auschwitz!”), or getting vaccinated (“traitor!” “wimp!!!”) should not have been partisan. “Should” is a quaint word from a bygone time, a precatory word from the old world of norms, a word with no legal force or power. Still, it is hard to imagine (the above examples aside) anything more bipartisan than investigating on attack on Congress, Republicans and Democrats and their staffs all fled an angry mob of normal tourists on an normal mission to hang Trump’s loyal vice president and anyone else they found.

It benefits only their leader to cover up an investigation into the roots of the riot that overran the police, surged into the Capitol after breaking windows and doors and actually halted a joint session of Congress that was about to finalize the peaceful transfer of power. The peaceful transfer of the presidency has been a hallmark of American democracy since the founding. Until a particular wealthy compulsive liar refused to accept the voters’ verdict and decided to send a mob to stop it.

There is also, of course, the matter of learning for sure exactly who organized, paid for, and planned the attack that breached the Capitol. The organizers and financiers of the dress rehearsal for an all-out insurrection are all still out there. They have to be encouraged that, so far, but for a few of their pawns arrested and on their own, the mad plan worked so well and nobody is coming after the instigators so far.

If you don’t think the riot was serious as terminal cancer, consider: if the tens of thousands of Trump supporters who swarmed the mall had followed the boldest 800 or so over the barricades and into the Capitol, there quite likely would have been state funerals for Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi and others.

One thing I will say for Trump’s followers in Congress, and Nazi-types in general, they boldly and forcefully confront enemies and never publicly back down. They fetishize boldness. Boldness is a hallmark of the in-your-fucking-face provocative style of fascist/klan rallies. McConnell will never back down from his comment that 100% of his focus is on obstructing anything Biden and the Democrats try to do. There is no sniffing the wind, no deliberating, discussing, debating. They (or their leader) make a decision, no matter how stupid, and boldly stick to it. If it turns out to be wrong, they simply make it a rallying cry, to “trigger” the other side, their hated enemies. It works well for a solid 39% of Americans, we can say that for it.

Even fucking Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post ran this editorial, not long after Trump demanded a filibuster of a commission to investigate his riot and McConnell asked for the filibuster as a “personal favor,” and it was so.

“HOPEFULLY, MITCH McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!” Once former president Donald Trump ordered Republican leaders in Congress on May 18 to block an independent commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6, the fate of the panel was sealed. On Friday, 35 Senate Republicans, including Mr. McConnell (Ky.), delivered the fatal blow by upholding a filibuster. But that must not be the end of efforts to get to the bottom of the most serious attack on U.S. democracy since the Civil War.

Having tried bipartisanship on an issue of such critical importance, Democrats must now undertake their own investigation. Just as President Biden used reconciliation to enact covid-19 relief in the face of GOP obstruction, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should use her authority to appoint a select committee to investigate what happened on Jan. 6.

Such a committee, used in the past to examine such issues as the response to Hurricane Katrina, would have its drawbacks. It would be composed of members of Congress and not experts. Mr. McCarthy would likely use his appointments to lard the committee with members intent not on getting at the truth but protecting Mr. Trump. And it might be more difficult for the public to accept its conclusions. But Friday’s vote — in which Republicans prevented the commission bill from even coming to the floor for debate — leaves Democrats with little alternative. The country needs answers to such questions as what led to and who was responsible for the attack on Congress, and why there was a delay in getting reinforcements to the Capitol to help besieged police officers.

During negotiations over the commission bill in the House, which passed with bipartisan support, Republicans got everything they asked for, including equal representation on the commission. Democrats were prepared to offer further concessions in the Senate. But most Republicans, as Friday’s vote made clear, would just as soon forget about the day thousands of Mr. Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol and assaulted police officers as they tried to stop Congress from certifying the presidential election results. No doubt, they know that much of the responsibility for the riot lies with Mr. Trump, and they are loath to incur his wrath or that of his base.

In a closed-door meeting with his conference, Mr. McConnell argued that a lengthy commission wouldn’t be good politics heading into the midterms; he engaged in extraordinary arm-twisting, going so far as to tell wavering Republicans that their support to filibuster the bill would be a “personal favor” to him. It worked: Only six Republicans voted to advance debate on the commission: Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah) and Ben Sasse (Neb.).

Ms. Pelosi suggested during an April interview with USA Today that she might move to establish a select committee to investigate Jan. 6 if efforts for an independent commission failed. A statement she issued Friday in response to the Senate’s vote makes no mention of a select committee but stated that “honoring our responsibility to the Congress in which we serve and the Country which we love, Democrats will proceed to find the truth.” Proceed they should.

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But only after A LOT more hand-wringing over the “right way” forward, like the agonizing year-long deliberations over whether Trump’s documented obstruction of justice, by itself, was enough to justify an impeachment (Nancy decided it wasn’t — an impeachment for extorting the new Ukrainian president and contempt of Congress — a political entity even more unpopular that Trump– would rally more Americans to the cause of impeachment, since it was more tangible and understandable than an abstraction like Obstruction of Justice, she argued).

Here’s a thought:

Maybe Joe Manchin has another good idea, or the coy Kyrsten Sinema will get inspired to offer any idea. Actually, Sinema reared her adorable little corporate head the other day, during a bipartisan Border Wall photo op with John Cornyn (R-Tx) to say this (which does not actually qualify as an idea):

“Well, as folks in Arizona know, I’ve long been a supporter of the filibuster, because it is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation, rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies.”

Wait, here’s her idea! (from an April 2021 interview with Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal in which the senator for Arizona big business– she always listens to Arizona business leaders, she says — spelled out what needs to happen, instead of modifying the sacred Senate procedural rule so skillfully used by reactionary obstructionists)

“When you have a place that’s broken and not working, and many would say that’s the Senate today, I don’t think the solution is to erode the rules,” Sinema told the Journal. “I think the solution is for senators to change their behavior and begin to work together, which is what the country wants us to do.”

Brilliant. Simply change human nature. I feel much better now.

How 35 obstructionists can uphold a filibuster is another head-scratcher, maybe one of those moderate centrists can explain to the rest of us.

Free gold, losers!

[1] Any of these 139 Trumpist patriots who voted to block confirmation of Biden Electors in the House would be an excellent candidate for the House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, er, the January 6 MAGA riot. Many supported a commission to investigate election “fraud” before Biden could be sworn in, all later voted against a bill to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the riot that they helped inspire. (I know Frank Lucas and Lloyd Smucker are in there twice, they deserve to be, great men, both).

(Also, formatting with this fucking intuitive WordPress editor was close to impossible for an old man like me… these are screen shots of screen shots, good luck making a collage, or formatting columns, with this ingeniously re-designed program… it’s so brilliantly simple to work with their innovative “blocks”…)

Anyway, here they are:

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