Monday, December 7, 2020

Chickens Little

From the Washington Post, this completely unsurprising bit of news.

Just 27 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden’s win over President Trump a month after the former vice president’s clear victory of more than 7 million votes nationally and a convincing electoral-vote margin that exactly matched Trump’s 2016 tally.

Two Republicans consider Trump the winner despite all evidence showing otherwise. And another 220 GOP members of the House and Senate — about 88 percent of all Republicans serving in Congress — will simply not say who won the election.

Those are the findings of a Washington Post survey of all 249 Republicans in the House and Senate that began the morning after Trump posted a 46-minute video Wednesday evening in which he wrongly claimed he had defeated Biden and leveled wild and unsubstantiated allegations of “corrupt forces” who stole the outcome from the sitting president.


The results demonstrate the fear that most Republicans have of the outgoing president and his grip on the party, despite his new status as just the third elected president to lose reelection in the past 80 years. More than 70 percent of Republican lawmakers did not acknowledge The Post’s questions as of Friday evening.

In response to the congressional Republicans who have called Biden president-elect identified in the Post survey, Trump tweeted Saturday: “I am surprised there are so many. We have just begun to fight. Please send me a list of the . . . RINOS,” the disparaging acronym for Republican in name only.

The rest of the GOP is largely hiding from answering questions about the election, neither congratulating Biden nor embracing Trump’s most strident positions and false claims. Just eight Republicans, 3 percent of all GOP lawmakers, voiced support for Trump’s current strategy of claiming victory and asking state legislatures to declare him the victor in states that he lost.

This GOP nonresponse stands in stark contrast to Democrats in 2016. The morning after media outlets called Trump the winner, Hillary Clinton conceded and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N. Y) fielded a call from Trump. Schumer issued a statement shortly thereafter congratulating the president-elect and calling for Americans to “come together.”

Today, most Republicans just want to avoid the Trump question altogether, following the lead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose office pointed to his recent comments about the election and declined to participate in the survey.

It’s pretty simple: they’re very aware of the political ramifications of defying their Dear Leader. They’ve seen what their base is like — laying siege to the state capitol building in Michigan by ammosexuals in cammie-jammies and assault rifles and reenacting Charlottesville in Kenosha — and they are deathly afraid of Trump’s thumbs from his bathroom at 2 a.m. (The two who completely deny that he lost are just delusional and need medical attention.) But what is motivating them is cowardice in the form of looking out for their own job security and counting on their silence as a way of standing up for their own beliefs. We’ve been hearing stories about how privately most Republicans will admit that the jig is up and Joe Biden won. But to admit it publicly and acknowledge reality is a bridge too far for them and their anticipated run for re-election in 2022 or 2024 when they hope the short-term memory of their base has moved on to the next shiny object, Trump is hawking gold-plated crap on HSN, and they can attempt to say with a straight face that they never really backed him and next question, please.

But if there is justice and karma in the universe, they will be remembered.  They stood by as the nation went through a pandemic and economic turmoil while their hero railed against imagined crimes and non-existent fraud.  The only election that was rigged was the one where 74 million voters thought this charlatan and vulgarian was worthy of being put back in office, supported by his enablers, his abetters, and his barnyard full of cackling cowards who cared only about their own skins.

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