As anyone who has ever trained a dog knows, it is all about consistency. You reward the behavior you want and you shape a good dog. Any behavior that you allow they consider to be acceptable.
No offense to dogs, the same is true for Republicans. You allow the original October Surprise, and before too long you have Iran-Contra. You allow the Florida Brooks Brothers Riots, you with end with war crimes in Iraq. You allow an idiot narcissistic asshole to lie that he won both the popular vote and the EC vote, and you have his mouth-breathing orcs breaking and entering into the Capitol.
And as we liberals have been warning for years, decades, and now this day is finally here. When you let the Party of Seditionists (Now With Extra Insurrection! Lemon-Scented!) run wild, they will soon assume that everything is allowed.
This morning as I was texting with D-Cap and Fran, I posed the question about Ted Cruz as he started his stunt:
Remember their names, they’ve over-played their hand. Ensure that their careers end here and now:
THE SENATE GOP WHIP COUNT:
-The 13 senators are planning to contest the election certification: Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, Steve Daines, Ron Johnson, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Bill Hagerty, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall, Tommy Tuberville, and Kelly Loeffler
-The 14 Republican senators to watch, who have not said publicly what they will do: Sens. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Dan Sullivan, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, Rick Scott, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Todd Young, Rand Paul, Cindy Hyde Smith, Deb Fischer, Thom Tillis, John Barrasso
-The 24 GOP senators who will vote to certify Biden’s election win: Sens. Mitch McConnell, John Thune, John Cornyn, Richard Burr, Richard Shelby, Susan Collins, Roy Blunt, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Shelley Moore Capito, Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, Bill Cassidy, Roger Wicker, Mike Rounds, Kevin Cramer, John Hoeven, Mike Lee, Jim Inhofe, Tim Scott, Jerry Moran, John Boozman
-An estimated 140 House Republicans — if not more — are expected to participate in the anti-certification effort
UPDATE 2: Shocking and offensive – Don’t ever tell me that the Republicans are not racists.
Lord Damp Nut hisself now inciting more trouble.
LDN released a bonkers video that Twitter has now removed, here’s the transcript:
“I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election. And everyone knows it. Especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this, where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us. From me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace.
“So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
Someone is dead:
Twitter does sumpin’ –
Ted Cruz tries to distance himself from the attacks. Also, fundraise:
+1/17th point –
Former press secretary Grisham has cleared out her mini-bar, and now the Daily Beast reports:
While the President Trump egged on a mob of his supporters who had stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, several of his top aides began to scramble. Their mission, according to three sources familiar with the matter: to try to convince senior White House staffers and cabinet secretaries to stay in the administration, if only just for the night.
The effort has not been completely successful. Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff to the First Lady and the former White House communications director, quit hours after the insurrection, as CNN first reported.
Several other senior officials said they were considering quitting on the spot after news broke that an individual involved in Wednesday’s events at the Capitol had died as a result of a gunshot wound.
And some snark to the announcement that Chao is thinking of quitting:
(CNN)Several of President Donald Trump’s top aides — including national security adviser Robert O’Brien — are considering resigning in the wake of his response to a pro-Trump mob breaching the US Capitol on Wednesday, according to multiple sources familiar with their thinking.O’Brien, deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell are all considering resigning, according to the sources. Pottinger’s resignation appears to be imminent, while others could sleep on it.
He’s nuts and they know it:
Whoever had this on your LDN Bing Card, start dreaming about that flying car you always wanted:
With 13 days left in President Trump’s term, confidants and Republican officials are considering drastic steps to stop him, Jonathan Swan and Margaret Talev report.
The big picture: These measures include censure, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment — a move, long dismissed as a liberal fantasy, in which Vice President Pence would step in if Trump were found to be unable to perform his duties.
- This talk is coming from current and former White House and GOP Hill aides, and Republican lobbyists and political consultants — all of whom have either embraced him or quietly tolerated him until now.
- Senior State Department officials are encouraging 25th Amendment discussions along with other officials at the White House and other departments, according to two sources involved in the discussions….
- There’s concern about whether the country can withstand another two weeks with Trump at the helm, and what additional chaos and division could be sowed.
- There’s also rage inside the GOP at Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and others whose plans to object to Biden’s certification gave oxygen to Trump, the protests and the notion that Congress could be used to overturn the will of voters.