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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The Editorial Board USA TODAY: On President-elect Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy and other top Republicans appear determined to remain spineless until the end.



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"It now seems tragically clear that Americans might never see a "have-you-no-sense-of-decency?" moment coming from national Republican leaders fed up with President Donald Trump's destructive assault on democracy borne of his pique for losing the election.

Those words " uttered by Army lawyer Joseph Welch to Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., during a 1954 congressional hearing " unmasked a bullying demagogue engaged in a crusade of smears and investigations that history now calls McCarthyism.

And what of Trumpism?

For four weeks after Election Day, the defeated incumbent has spun fanciful conspiracy theories of a "rigged" and "fraudulent" election, all the while convincing tens of millions of followers that America's presidential vote was a scam.

Amid this (mostly inept) assault on the democratic process, top GOP officials like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have remained silent."


"By Sunday, the president was back to claiming he had been cheated. "This is the greatest fraud in the history of our country," Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo, who failed to challenge his fantasies. "This country cannot have fake elections, like we have fake news."

Such words do real damage to the orderly transfer of power that has been an American hallmark for 230 years. Surveys show Trump's followers are listening, that 70% to 80% Republicans refuse to believe that Biden won.

McConnell, McCarthy and other Republican leaders have to wrestle with the cold, political reality that Trump continues to have a fervent base. But will reasons for complicit silence ever end?

And as the president continues attempting to take a sledgehammer to the American election process, what of the oath these GOP leaders took to protect and defend the Constitution " not Donald Trump?"


#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-12-01 01:07 AM | Reply


#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-12-01 07:13 AM | Reply

Character is destiny. The rest of us need a real hard talk with ourselves about how is it, exactly, that we allow such empty men and women to have power.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-12-01 07:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


"how is it, exactly, that we allow such empty men and women to have power?"

That's a good question. All it took this time was a few jingles and a manufactured enemy to hate.

(said with a Tip o' The Hat to Joseph Goebbels)

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-12-01 08:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Have Trump Republican leaders no sense of decency?"

Is that actually a question? We know full well that they have no sense of decency. Decency is for chumps. Money and power are all they care about. And their supporters are pathetic ideologues who believe the garbage that rich Republicans feed them. Idiots all.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-12-01 08:17 AM | Reply

"Have Trump Republican Leaders No Sense of Decency?"

LOL ~~ None that an exhaustive search has found.

But they do still have a goal for 2024 which is both indecent and traitorous.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-12-01 08:25 AM | Reply

"Election stolen" is pig speak for "wee wee weeeeeeee" all the way home.

#7 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-12-01 08:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Nope. None.

#8 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-12-01 08:47 AM | Reply


I wonder who they'll pick to wear the lipstick in 2024.

Marco Rubio? Tom Cotton? Mike Pompeo? ~~ or some other sewer dweller we don't know about yet?

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-12-01 08:54 AM | Reply

The greater the effort that Trump makes campaigning in Georgia, the better it will go for the Democrats.

#10 | Posted by Jaspar at 2020-12-01 08:57 AM | Reply

There's always Hannity.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-12-01 08:57 AM | Reply

I assumed that was a redundant question.

#12 | Posted by Sezu at 2020-12-01 09:07 AM | Reply

Very clever, REDIAL I forgot about Hannity. ~~ a sewer dweller for sure. Although I picture him more as a wing man, second banana type, for openers anyway.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-12-01 09:09 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by Zed

The how is brainwashing via propaganda. I just read a Kevin Sorbo interview. It reads a lot like every semi civil discussion I have had with "conservatives" in the past several years. Offer them the information they don't believe but push back with baseless claims and nothing to back them up. I personally love how Marlow Stern offered links throughout the article. Especially links like The Guardian Link that debunks the dead people voting claim with a ton of links itself. Note how Sorbo senselessly clings to his position in the face of information.

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-12-01 10:14 AM | Reply

If Sheldon Adelson is still alive in 2023 Trump will continue to be a force in GOP politics. If not, the Kochs, certainly tired of his 'bridge and tunnel' crowd and attitude, will cut down The Don's pack of acolytes. If this is so, all of the Trump underwear sniffers (e.g., Pence, Pompeo, Li'l Marco, Cotton, Randy Paul, et alia) should now look in the mirror and tell themselves they are going no further in their political careers.

"What did you do in the pandemic, grandpa?"
"I was a lie-spinning toady!"

#15 | Posted by catdog at 2020-12-01 10:16 AM | Reply

#15 | Posted by catdog

I think even more important are the Robert and Diana and their daughter Rebekah Mercer. Bringing you the likes of Cambridge Analytica and Parler.

#16 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-12-01 10:32 AM | Reply

"Have Trump Republican Leaders No Sense of Decency?"

That anybody could ask this question, and have it published somewhere, after all these years, as if this is still an open question, demonstrates why we got Trump in the first place. It is evidence of the abject failure of American journalism and our collective willingness to live live in a fantasy where reasonable adversarialship (?word) is still possible with these people.

*checks source

USA Today? Well that explains everything.

#17 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-12-01 10:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#9 | POSTED BY TWINPAC-Pompeo's not a sewer dweller, there's no pipe big enough for him to fit in!

#18 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2020-12-01 11:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth."

Joseph Goebbels

#19 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-12-01 11:43 AM | Reply

Steve Bannon wants to have Fauci and Wray beheaded and their heads put on spikes outside the WH. DiGenova wants to have Krebs, another Trump appointee, executed. Who talks like this? Trump's lawyers and advisers, that's who. And let's not forget Kushner's comments on NYers dealing with covid 19:

"According to one attendee, Kushner then began to rail against the governor: "Cuomo didn't pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state ... . His people are going to suffer and that's their problem."

Add to that Stephen Miller's deliberately cruel family separation policy at the border, and you begin to understand how the so-called family values, pro-life, Christian GOP has let itself be corrupted by its own sycophantic embrace of all things Trump. Trump and his team have been trying to create an alternate reality, based on alternative facts since day one. Fake news, fake elections, fake reality. The plan was for someone, whether in individual state governments, the courts or if need be the Supreme Court, to come in and declare Donald Trump the winner regardless of what the actual vote counts were. I guess we should have seen it coming:

The aide said that guys like me [Suskind] were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality-- judiciously, as you will--we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

Bill Barr Defends Michael Flynn Reversal: 'History Is Written by the Winners'

Trump had previously hinted that he was considering a pardon for Flynn. After denying he was doing Trump's bidding, Barr was asked how history would remember this move. "History is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who is writing the history," he said with a sly smile.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-12-01 12:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrats want to be nice and play fair in a street fight. Democrats want to reach across the aisle. They want to wrestle a pig and not get dirty. For the next four years Republicans will bully the Democrats and they will take it as always. In a couple months the Republicans will attack the Democrats for the pandemic and their crashing of the economy. The Republicans leave a treat on the floor and attack because Democrats don't clean it up fast enough. I am disgusted by the Weakness of Democrats. When will they grow a spine?

#21 | Posted by iloveyou at 2020-12-01 03:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When will they grow a spine?

It's been 20 years since I started hearing that question be asked. I'm guessing it'll be another 20 years at least before we get an answer.

#22 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-12-01 03:31 PM | Reply

How'd that impeachment thingy work out? How'd that Supreme Court thingy work out? How'd that Trump tax thingy work out? The Republicans lock arms and the Democrats....?

#23 | Posted by iloveyou at 2020-12-01 03:32 PM | Reply

Revolute, revolute,revolute.

#24 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-12-02 12:50 PM | Reply

Have Trump Republican Leaders No Sense of Decency?

No, they don't.

#25 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-12-02 03:58 PM | Reply

I lived in a city with a lot of Gypsies. I had a business and had to deal with them. At this point in my life I will never trust Gypsies or Republicans. They seem to be cut from the same cloth.

#26 | Posted by iloveyou at 2020-12-03 12:39 AM | Reply

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