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Now is not the time to point fingers, Julius Caesar. Now is the time for healing.

Satire from The Washington Post, by Alexandra Petri:

Julius Caesar, these Ides have been stressful for everyone, and I think the last thing the Roman people need right now is for you to be pointing fingers — at Brutus, at me, or at anyone, as you clutch at yourself and sink onto the Senate steps.

Now is not the time to cast blame and call out names. Now is the time for healing. Please stop bleeding on my toga; that is a sad reminder of a hurtful time I hope we can put behind us. The last thing we need is to be thinking about the past, when I have already dropped my dagger, forgotten every threatening or negative thing I ever said, and am, frankly, ready to move on. Now is the time to come together, for the good of Rome.

For someone who always made a big point of how he was uniting Rome, and who historically was so fond of Brutus, you certainly seem bent on dividing us and making Brutus look bad with your remarks now! “You too, Brutus?” Seriously?

We must focus on the future, Julius, and get back to the people’s business. The Roman people didn’t elect us (technically, the sentence could stop there!) to stand around engaging in pointless recriminations about who stabbed whom with what dagger concealed under whose toga. Ultimately, aren’t both sides at fault here? We can certainly agree that if you had not come to the Senate today, no one would have been stabbed. I’m just saying this to show we all bear some responsibility.

I am frankly appalled when I think of all the things that have been said on both sides, like, “Death to Caesar!” and “Ouch!” Everyone bears a share of the blame, although mostly Caesar. They say that we cannot move forward without accountability. But I argue that, in fact, we can.

Because how are the people of Rome served by this fixation on consequences? If we’re going to be applying consequences, I think the real villains here are the people who have used their bodies to steal other people’s daggers! Not naming names, obviously. The point, again, is that we’ve got to heal, heal and move on! Stop clutching at my arm and trying to speak and point. This is the kind of petty vindictiveness I had so hoped we were beyond.

This has been a rough Ides for the Roman people. People have seen things happen in the Senate that have never happened before, and I think everyone is reeling, equally. I don’t think that what the people need right now is to have to watch us hold someone accountable. This will only divide us further. Also, it might be bad for me personally.

Yes, technically, I did incite Brutus to stab you, but the last thing that Rome needs is for me to face any sort of consequences. What Rome needs now is healing. Speaking of which, you don’t look so good.

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Wow. Just…Wow.

From Esquire, by Charles P. Pierce:

n the Boston Globe on Wednesday morning, there was another installment in the popular new Capitol Hill horror franchise, Mole Hunt, and it’s just as terrifying as the earlier installments. It involves Sarah Groh, the chief of staff for the formidable Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and her account of events as sedition hit high tide on January 6.

Because of multiple death threats over the past two years, running through safety drills and threat scenarios has become routine at Pressley’s office, said Sarah Groh, her chief of staff. Groh, Pressley, and her husband had planned to wait in Pressley’s D.C. apartment until later in the afternoon. That changed as the House sergeant-at-arms pressured lawmakers to come sooner, warning the crowds could get too thick to safely escort them in. “I was deeply concerned,” Groh said of going to the Capitol complex. “It felt like the heat was being turned up in terms of the rhetoric and Trump’s aims to incite violence.”

As people rushed out of other buildings on the Capitol grounds, staffers in Pressley’s office barricaded the entrance with furniture and water jugs that had piled up during the pandemic. Groh pulled out gas masks and looked for the special panic buttons in the office. “Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit,” she said, though they could come up with no rationale as to why. She had used them before and hadn’t switched offices since then. As they were escorted to several different secure locations, Groh and Pressley and her husband tried to remain calm and vigilant — not only of rioters but of officers they did not know or trust, she said.

Implied in that remarkable account is the possibility that the panic buttons were removed prior to the arrival of the insurrectionists by people who knew (or suspected) it was coming. This would have required a familiarity with both the building and its various systems, and it also would have required someone whose presence would not have drawn attention in a congressional office. Which makes that last line in the excerpt above all the more signifying. In the middle of a mass home invasion, members of Congress didn’t know if they could trust their safety to the people whose job it was to protect them.

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What a Bunch of F***ing Hypocrites

From The Washington Post:

Example #1:

The Trump campaign Wednesday circulated a memo written by Trump pollster John McLaughlin to campaign aide Jason Miller.

“Voters are opposed to impeachment and Big Tech censorship, and they want an orderly transition,” McLaughlin wrote. “Voters strongly prefer that Congress deal with fighting coronavirus and not impeachment. Impeachment is viewed as a waste of time and money.”

My take: The Hell they do. Where have they been since the Nov. 3 election? Denying the seriousness of the coronavirus and Biden’s win.

Example #2:

Speaking after McGovern, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) questioned why the House is rapidly moving forward with an impeachment resolution only one week before the end of Trump’s term.

“I can think of nothing that would cause further division more than the path the majority is now taking,” Cole said. “Rather than looking ahead to a new administration, the majority is again seeking to settle scores against the old one.”

My take: The armed insurrection was all about settling old scores. And the GOP has refused to recognize that Biden was legitimately elected. The gall of these people is just incredible. Now the Democrats are supposed to smooth over any “division” among the populace. That’s not their job right now, sport.

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Something I Thought I’d Never See

From The Washington Post:

Members of the National Guard were spotted sleeping in the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning, marking the first time the building has been used as a barracks since the Civil War.

Photos of the National Guard members, who have been deployed at the Capitol after last week’s riot, began making the rounds on social media Wednesday. One photo shows National Guard members sleeping on the floor near a bust of Abraham Lincoln.

On the wall next to them is a plaque commemorating the Civil War troops that were quartered in the Capitol in 1861.

“This tablet records the fact that the following troops were quartered in the United States Capitol in response to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers, April 15, 1861,” reads the plaque, which honors soldiers from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

During the war, construction on the Capitol extensions was suspended, and the building “was briefly used as a military barracks, hospital and bakery,” according to the Architect of the Capitol.

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Hit Him in His Wallet, the Only Thing Trump Understands

From The Washington Post:

The organizers of the PGA Championship canceled plans to hold the event at President Trump’s Bedminster, N.J., golf club in 2022 in the wake of last week’s Trump-inspired riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In a statement that did not directly address the unrest in the nation’s capital, Jim Richerson, PGA of America’s president, said the group’s board voted Sunday night to “exercise the right to terminate the agreement” with Trump’s course.

“It’s become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission,” Richerson said in a video posted to the organization’s website. “Our board has thus made the decision to exercise our right to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster.

“It was a decision made to ensure the PGA of America and the PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come.”

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Sean, You Need Some New Material

From The New York Times:

With Democrats set to take power in Washington, Fox News’s pundits are trotting out the old hits. On his Friday program, which aired shortly after Twitter announced that it had banned the president from its platform, Mr. Hannity promised, rather generically, to “expose what is breathtaking hypocrisy of Democrats and the media mob.” He went on to attack familiar Fox News villains like the Clintons, the Obamas, Madonna and the comedian Kathy Griffin. It could have been a rerun from 2014. (Mr. Hannity, in fact, had pretaped his 9 p.m. show a few hours earlier.)

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About “Election Integrity”

From The Bulwark, by Tim Miller:

I want to be clear and direct:

If Donald Trump had been successful in his attempted coup, it would have brought about the end of our electoral system.

Period. Full stop.

Anyone who did not actively oppose the president’s efforts—which did not begin on January 6, 2021, but had been ongoing since the early morning hours of November 4, 2020—was part of this effort to destroy our electoral system. Their concerns about “protecting” it now cannot be taken seriously.

The fact is that almost every single one of the Republicans who talk about “election integrity” now were sitting shotgun in the Coupmobile until the moment things went south.

Kelly, theFederalist, and the other Trump supporters sat by as the president told the Georgia secretary of State to “find votes”; while he pressured his vice president to interfere with the transfer of power; while he spread lies and disinformation about election fraud, forced prosecutors to resign, and more.

Dan Crenshaw joined with scores of his congressional colleagues in signing on to a lawsuit that asked the court to take away the legal votes of millions of Americans and throw the election to friendly state legislatures. Lankford and Daines had pledged to vote to overturn the results of a democratic election up until the moment the Senate was breached by domestic terrorists who were inspired by their exploits.

These are not the actions of people who care about election integrity.

They are the actions of people trying to cling to power. Even if it meant lying to millions of aggrieved Americans. Even if it meant trying to overturn the outcome of a free and fair election. Even if it meant bringing our democracy to the brink.

And now they’re talking about “election integrity.”

Give me a fucking break.

n the last two months we have seen the most sustained effort to tear down our electoral system since the imposition of Jim Crow.

Everyone who still thinks we have to look into legitimate concerns about “election integrity” in the 2020 election following this failed attempt to overturn the election is being willfully dishonest. And all of them were either actively abetting this attack on our democracy or trying to discredit those who were sounding the alarm.

Their “concerns” are premised on the Trump-mandated lie that this election was not secure, that there is some question about whether it was conducted fairly, that the Venezuelans hacked the voting machines, that there is coordinated fraud in majority black cities, and so on and so forth. Everyone just knows that these things are true and the fact that none of them has been proven only serves to underscore how big the conspiracy is. Just ask Eric Metaxas.

As Chris Krebs testified, this was the most secure election in American history. Even freaking Bill Barr said there was no meaningful fraud.

Here is what you need to understand:

When it comes down to it, there is no meaningful difference between the unrespectable Lin Wood, Q-town, election-fraud crazies and the respectable “concerns” of people such as Lankford, Daines, and Crenshaw. Both groups are equally wrong. The latter are merely better at laundering the conspiracies that undergirded Wednesday’s insurrection into polite society.


The people who actually care about election integrity are the ones who rejected Trump’s attempt to end American democracy and stood up to him. That includes Democrats, but also a small smattering of Republicans, including Krebs, Brad Raffensperger, and Adam Kinzinger.

Those of us in this broad pro-democracy coalition have earned the right to talk about election integrity and we must take that language back from the enemies of democracy who went along with Trump’s assault on our electoral system.

This mendacious mob aided and abetted a coup. They should wear a scarlet C for the rest of their days and every small-d democrat in this country should devote themselves to driving them out of our electoral system for good.

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