I've said it before, but so much of what has led to the crisis of patriotism, decency, safety and security in today's @GOP is explained by this chart. H/T @LeadershipNP
1/ The left side of that chart represents a huge diversity of interests. You can't get elected to high office as a D unless you have a view of the country that encompasses all.
2/ And the right side: you can't get elected as an R unless you pledge fealty to gun-nuts. One side selects for intelligence and empathy. One side selects for obedience.
3/ The nonsense on the House floor tonight, less than a day after a massive terrorist attack on the Capitol is the result. One party, trying to do the job we were hired to do, the other using Capitol Police as props to show their fealty to the NRA.
4/ But there's also a bigger issue. When you select for obedience, you don't get leaders. You get soldiers. Of the "theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do and die" variety.
5/ They will yell about mob violence one day, then encourage insurrectionists the next. They will pledge their respect to police one day, then strip funding for local governments to pay for those police the next.
6/ And on this day, 1/12/21, they got to work, all dutifully posted signs on their office doors supporting our Capitol Police, then scared them all by barging through alarming metal detectors.
7/ Do not look to them for intellectual consistency. They were not selected for their values. They are here because they are obedient. Tell them to storm a hill, and they will storm it. Their masters care not for their political fate. Only for their willingness to charge.
8/ They are hostile to campaign finance reform because a democratic, meritocratic world would render them unemployed. Which is why 65% of them voted with the terrorists to oppose democracy.
9/ And if I seem a little angry, a little short, a little intolerant this week, I hope you'll forgive me for thinking that 6 days after the first attack on the US Capitol since 1812 I could count on 100% of the people who work there to take security seriously. /fin
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14 Jan
I'm glad 10 members of the @HouseGOP found their spines today, but the story of the last few weeks is that the @HouseGOP has become steadily more radicalized in the wake of these events. Some quick math:
1/ There are 211 Republicans in House in the 117th Congress.

On 12/10/20, 114 of them signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court seeking to throw out the results of free and fair elections in 4 states.

A MAJORITY of them. 54% opposed democracy on 12/10/20
2/ On 1/6/21, terrorists, "summoned, assembled and inflamed" (per Liz Cheney) by Trump attacked the US House seeking to overturn the November 2020 election.
Read 10 tweets
13 Jan
@TimAlberta, your framing here leaves off a critical point @RepJasonCrow made: "Welcome to the club." Rs are not the only ones getting threats. They are simply the only ones using that as an excuse for inaction.
1/ When the President of the United States and his allies are amping up threats of violence, every one of us with the courage to do what is right has to deal with those consequences. Not just members. Members' families. Members' staffs. It is frightening, despicable, horrible.
2/ But Jason and I, and several dozen others are all in office because we stood up to Trump in 2018 when our predecessor's didn't. The voters in our district did not change, but the leadership did.
Read 6 tweets
10 Jan
American citizens and businesses depend on the protections of the rule of law and our democracy. They also donate to candidates. Let's get a movement going to #DefundTheSeditionists. Thread follows to help you identify who pressure your employer to pull their support from:
1/ Here's a list of the Members of Congress who signed onto the Amicus Brief to throw out the results in GA, PA, WI, MI. projects.propublica.org/represent/memb…
2/ Here's the list of the 121 members who voted "Yea" to throw out the results of the Arizona election AFTER terrorists stormed the Capitol to do the same. clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll0…
Read 22 tweets
10 Jan
126 members of the @HouseGOP asked SCOTUS to throw out the results of democratic elections in GA, PA, WI and MI. 121 members voted AFTER terrorists stormed the capital to throw out the results in AZ. Upon reflection, 138 voted to throw out the results in PA a few hours later.
This is not a small fringe. This is the majority of the @HouseGOP. They have consistently voted against democracy, even after terrorists stormed the capital, killing people to demand exactly the same thing.
In total, that is 173 members who signed onto at least one of those actions. 161 who are still seated in the 117th Congress.
Read 5 tweets
9 Jan
We really need to re-examine how we use the word "leadership" in DC. Leaders lead. People in leadership are sometimes cut from that cloth, and sometimes are just good at getting in leadership positions. @GOPLeader is of the latter cohort. politico.com/news/2021/01/0…
1/ We need the former but the @GOP is doomed by the latter. Keep in mind that AFTER the attack Wednesday, 57% of the House GOP voted to affirm the will of the terrorists and overturn a democratic election in AZ.
2/ A few hours later as we'd learned a bit more about the scope of what happened, that number INCREASED. 65% of the House @GOP voted with the terrorists to throw out the results of a democratic election in PA.
Read 8 tweets
8 Jan
Thread 2, which is only sort of about today's news, but I think important. COVID has hurt our national empathy in ways that I think contributed to the crisis this week. We have a collective obligation to understand, and try to minimize further damage:
1/ This all started from a conversation with a colleague and friend on Monday. (She didn't consent to be ID'd, so forgive my anonymity). Point is this was 2 days before the seditious acts of terrorism that happened yesterday.
2/ She noted that everyone in her district was "going to their corners" and getting ready for a fight. Not because they were bad, but because our months of quarantine have kept us from spending time with people different from ourselves.
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