Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Here are just a few of the dangerous things that have popped up since my political post just two days ago. Cue the music: 🎶 These are a few of our dangerous things! 🎶
• Democratic efforts to pass a federal election rights law are dying on the vine. Ironically, the bill under consideration, HR 1, is moribund because Democrat Joe Manchin doesn’t dig it. And he still rejects dumping the filibuster.
• Meanwhile, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona have denounced the ballot recount being conducted by Cyber Ninjas as a sham and a con. The Board is majority Republican. They recognize that this process makes their state a laughingstock. They say this bogus process is “weakening our democratic republic.” This is actually a positive development.
• Trump falsely claimed that the Maricopa County Arizona voter database had been deleted. A county Republican official said no, not so. Yet millions of Americans now believe Trump’s lie over the verifiable truth.
• A Chinese businessman, Guo Wengui, who has links to Steve Bannon, runs an online network to disseminate disinformation and conspiracy theories about the election and covid vaccines, among other things. Bannon was arrested on this guy’s yacht last year, you’ll recall. Stuff like this, along with Fox News and conservative talk radio, foment much of the unrest that results in something like the January 6 insurrection.
• Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw pretended on Meet the Press last Sunday that his support of the Texas lawsuit in December that challenged the election results in four other states (that weren’t Texas) was merely to ask a question of the Supreme Court. While it’s true that the amicus brief he signed was focused on process in those states, the suit served to prop up Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen. Ergo, Crenshaw helped to raise doubts in people’s minds about Biden’s legitimacy.
• Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has come out against establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection. This after negotiating its composition and scope with the Democrats. He’s afraid he’ll be forced to testify about his conversation with Trump that day because Trump won’t like it. For the record, this commission is essential in holding Trump and the Republican party accountable for their post-election mendacity. And in showing history that we understood what was happening to the country.
By the way, Rick Wilson, in a Twitter thread, pointed out that the Republicans are playing a completely different game than Democrats. They’re all about power, whereas the Dems are all about policy. If democracy is to survive in any recognizable form, Dems need to fight on the same terms and play hardball from now on.
Instead of “Build Back Better” how ‘bout “Brass Balls BOOM!”?