Jamelle Bouie/NY Times:
There is a reason why Trump could try to overturn the results of the 2020 election
Even with the provisions of this bill in place, the Electoral College provides every opportunity for mischief.
The fact that any national election can be a few thousand votes in some states is a powerful incentive to limit your opponents’ votes and to intervene down to the precinct level. The fact that the loser of the popular vote can become the winner of the national election is an additional incentive to undermine the voting process and make access to the ballot box more difficult. And the fact that the legislature can simply allocate voters to a candidate of its choice without any public input before the election itself is a constant and ongoing threat to electoral democracy.
On the campaign trail, many Republicans talk about violence
In both swing states and safe seats, GOP candidates say liberals hate them personally and can turn a riot or police state against people who disobey them.
On Tuesday, [Michael] Peroutka easily dispatched a more moderate Republican to win the nomination. State Del. Dan Cox, who won Donald Trump’s endorsement after supporting the former president’s efforts to derail the 2020 election, also sent a Republican backed by the state’s popular governor, Larry Hogan.
Both candidates described a country not only in trouble, but destroyed by leaders who despise most Americans — effectively part of the Civil War. In both swing states and safe seats, many Republicans say liberals hate them personally and can turn a riot or police state against people who disobey them.
Referring to the coronavirus and the 2020 protests over police brutality, Cox supporters said rally last month, “We were told 14 days to bend the curve, and yet antifa was allowed to burn our police cars in the streets.” He continued: “Do you really think that with what we’re seeing, with the riots that have happened, we shouldn’t have something to defend our families with? That’s why we have the Second Amendment.
More than 17 million viewers watched the hearing on Thursday, January 6
An estimated 17.7 million viewers watched Thursday night’s House committee hearing investigates the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Nielsen said it was second only to the 20 million who attended the first committee hearing on June 9, the only one of the eight prime-time sessions.
Ten networks carried live coverage last week, compared to 11 that showed the June 9 session. The conservative network Newsmax dropped out this time.
Putin’s power is weakening.
We now regularly hear from people other than Putin (such as former Prime Minister and President Dmitry Medvedev) about the meaning of the war, the catastrophic consequences that await Ukraine and the West, and so on. This is a sign that Putin is losing control. 1/
Typically, news coverage of such announcements focuses on their content. It is tempting to get caught up in Russia’s fear mongering. But the real story is that people other than Putin now feel empowered to make such statements. Before the war, there were fewer of them 2/
Doomsday propaganda has several purposes. On the surface, this shows loyalty to Putin. At a time when Russia is losing, the best hope is to convince the West that Russia is somehow unstoppable (which it is not – like the US, its history is steeped in defeat in war). 3/
At the same time, the propaganda of doom is a rhetorical preparation for the power struggle after the fall of Putin. 4/
New York Time:
The race for Texas governor is tightening after recent turmoil
A series of tragedies and challenges has soured the mood of Texans and made the governor’s race perhaps the most competitive since the 1990s.
One of the deadliest school shootings in US history. Revival of the 1920s abortion ban. The worst migrant death episode in the country in recent times. And the power grid, which suffered during the cold, is now straining in high heat.
The relentless succession of deaths and hardships Texans have faced over the past two months have put them in the state’s lead, hurting Gov. Greg Abbott and making the race for governor perhaps the most competitive since Democrats last held the office in the 1990s.
Polls show a tighter, single-digit race between two-term Mr Abbott and his ubiquitous Democratic rival, former congressman Beto O’Rourke. Mr. O’Rourke is now raising more campaign money than Mr. Abbott, $27.6 million to $24.9 million in the latest filing, in what is likely to be one of the most expensive races in 2022.
Amazing column from Sam Ashworth-Hayes/The Spectator (conservative publication):
Nothing conservative climate change
Now I will admit that 125,000 years ago hippos, lions and elephants happily roamed the landscape that eventually became London. But surely even the most ardent advocate of a return to a bygone era would not recommend going back to a time before Homo Sapiens managed to make Britain habitable by killing off all the irritating megafauna.
The reignited attitude to climate change will not sit well with a party that calls itself conservative
The backlash over the RAF Brize Norton runway meltdown, as reported on Monday, is fundamentally unconservative. To love England is to love its weather, as depressing, changeable, gray and damp as it can be: if nothing else, it’s vitally endangered for medium-pace swing bowling that can’t survive the harsh conditions of the south. test areas.
After the abortion defeat, Democrats in Congress are scrambling for offense
For years, Republicans have typically put Democrats on the defensive when it comes to hot-button social issues commonly referred to as “God, gays and guns.”
But in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade on abortion, Democrats on Capitol Hill have tried to reverse that familiar script and instead become the more aggressive party.
Fearing that the conservative Supreme Court could overturn other landmark rulings on issues such as same-sex marriage and contraception, notably by Justice Clarence Thomas, House Democrats moved to force a vote on the issues and include GOP lawmakers.
And about time.