The Slow-Moving Coup

Our pals over at Electoral-Vote have a fine item up on the Stupid Coup; it is not encouraging but it offers some insight:

Since Trump & Co. proved unable to subvert the 2020 election, a failure whose climax came on Jan. 6 of this year, it has been no secret that they were making plans to try again in 2024. At least, it wasn’t a secret among politics-watchers. Bill Maher took the conversation mainstream in October with a segment entitled “The Slow-Moving Coup.” Since then, there has been something of a cottage industry in dire warnings about the future of American democracy. The Atlantic’s Barton Gellman wrote the magazine version of the Maher segment, published under the ALL-CAPS headline “TRUMP’S NEXT COUP HAS ALREADY BEGUN.” Anti-Trump Republicans, like former Trump administration official Miles Taylor and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, have written op-eds sounding the alarm bell. So too have former military officers; just this month, Maj. Gens. Paul D. Eaton and Antonio M. Taguba and Brig. Gen. Steven M. Anderson (all retired) wrote an op-ed warning that the Pentagon is ill-prepared for what might lie ahead. Academics are also weighing in; election law expert Rick Hasen has decreed several times that fears of a coup are warranted, and American political historian Jon Meacham warned this week that a Trump campaign in 2024 could precipitate a “constitutional crisis.” Folks across the pond have also taken notice; The Guardian (UK) just ran a piece under the headline: “Republicans are shamelessly working to subvert democracy. Are Democrats paying attention?”

We want to take a careful look at this question, from all angles, and so this will be the first of four items on the subject that we’ll run this week. It will also be the most dire, as we’re going to run down the 10 most significant ways in which the Trumpers are better situated to subvert the 2024 election, as compared to the 2020 election…

And it does break it down into relevant bits, and you should go read it, even though it is depressing. They end with a hopeful hint, however:

In short, there is absolutely reason to be worried. That said, don’t sell your house and move to the Bahamas until you’ve read the whole series.

As E-V has been uniquely prescient, I plan to pay attention to what they say over the series. I’ll try to remember to point to it so we can play along.

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1 Response to The Slow-Moving Coup

  1. sos says:

    If anybody could manage a “failure climax” it’s Lord Damp Nut

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