In [stderr] I hypothesized that the republicans are “all in” on taking over the US government and mooting any remaining shreds of American democracy – thin and compromised as they are.
If you had asked me, after I posted that, whether that was as cynical as I can get, I’d have responded with an unequivocal “yes.” Wasn’t I cute?
I don’t need to go into extensive analysis on this one – it says it all, quite briefly:
Don’t think this one has fully sunk in yet: A member of Congress suggested that GOP-controlled states anoint Trump electors **before those states were even called.**
This wasn’t overturning the election. This was scrapping democracy before the votes were even counted. pic.twitter.com/gzf89U52jD
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 15, 2021
In other words, the Republicans knew they had lost (which was not a surprise to any of them; the polling for Trump was apparently pretty grim) and they knew which states they were going to lose and which states they needed to push to overturn the election in.
As Cheney says, the intent was to disenfranchise millions of voters by overturning their votes. That “election fraud” thing. All the other crap was just window-dressing for and by the stupid. This is what the next presidential election is going to be like, too, except maybe the coup won’t be planned and executed by the Keystone Kops with the help of low-wattage clowns like Rudi Giuliani. If you step back and look at it, the republicans’ strategy in 2020 was “throw all the shit at the wall and see what sticks” – the Giuliani Ukraine nonsense, the physical assault on the capitol followed by martial law – whoops, they missed the last part, just barely – and the endless re-counts. The entire republican apparatus was “all in” and they’re going to be “all in” on the next one. It’s going to be DeSantis or some crazy asshole who doesn’t drool on his shirt, and it’s going to work because the democrats basically don’t have an effective response.Watch what happens with the Jan 6 committee: the republicans will keep giving them the finger. And the DOJ won’t do anything. Nobody’ll do anything. Even if they did anything, the republicans would just run out the clock, and there will be a wave of pardons when it’s time to meet the new boss. [Same as the old boss.]
What scares me is that the only positive outcome going forward is a military coup in which the US starts to act like Egypt or Malaysia: run by the army, pretending great reluctance, but increasingly unwilling to release its control on power. Think Rome, when the praetorian guard was running things because letting the imperials run things was getting bad for business.
If there’s any good news, it’s that the republicans aren’t really organized and are not really ideologically aligned except for in their love of power and privilege. If they manage to cement power, they will, I predict, immediately fall upon eachother in massive waves of purges and backstabbings as they try to decide who is the nastiest piece of shit – and the survivor will be our emperor.