In a way, the Republicans are showing spine, just not the way you and I would appreciate...they're no longer concerned with consequences as they're "crawling back to Trump." They're not afraid of accountability because they expect there to be none now they've had some time to process Jan 6th.
What do you think is the ultimate primary Republican goal, or plan after Biden? Does anyone seriously think it's changed since Jan 6th? It was right there for all to see.
Does anyone think Republicans will gain power as a majority then reach across the isle for some brotherly love? Think they will say, "Can't we all just get along"?
Who do you think they're arming themselves to fight? A Russian invasion? The Chinese? Mexicans? Canadians? Taliban? Al Shabaab? Who?
It's definitely not the scary liberal side of the country, you know, the people whom they believe are destroying freedom, jobs, religion, rights, etc. etc. Who can't imagine Democrats are the very people common Republicans view as the greatest existential threat to everything they hold dear?
Fill in the blank. Republicans say, "The only good Dem is a ____ Dem".
And they do it with no shame in their game, too. After all, "God wins in the end.", they say.
If the consequences are not severe, and mercy is given by democrats, Trump Republicans will only be emboldened. No doubt. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope I'm wrong.
May the flying spaghetti monster save us. Ramen!