people saying the coup was no big deal (mostly on the right, but a handful of confused people on the left) are looking more and more foolish as this goes on.
revelations today that insurrectionists may have been shown the capitol beforehand by GOP reps. AOC says she was in danger of her life, but can't go into details for security reasons. 2
and of course a guard was bludgeoned to death. we saw that people with zip ties and weapons were in the insurrection. 3
lots of credible threats of more violence planned. 4
and we still don't know full extent of trump's manipulation of security forces and the national guard. questions about some capitol police aiding the insurrection. 5
a violent insurrection with multiple ties to GOP and sympathizers in security forces with ability and apparently intent to kidnap and murder democrats—this is extremely serious!
and the fact that it didn't succeed in many of its goals is good, but doesn't make it any less dangerous or awful. if we don't address it, it will be worse next time. (and there will be a next time if we don't take it very seriously.)
when fascists try to overthrow your government, it doesn't matter if they're dressed in silly outfits. fascists dressed in silly outfits in most places. they did a lot of harm anyway.

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13 Jan
politicians always do the politically convenient thing pretty much...1
people in general act out of self interest and in line with their community expectations. Republicans are horrible because they're collectively horrible, and their political incentives are all to be horrible. 2
individuals are accountable for their evil, obviously. but Republican incentives and communities actively encourage people to embrace their absolute cruelest and worst impulses, sometimes even over actual self preservation. 3
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literary fiction has trouble with endings. 1
genre fiction generally has a bunch of expected/acceptable ways to end things, which takes the pressure off. like, you can just end it. it doesn't have to be all that.
literary fiction is all about its own cleverness, and also ambiguity which can be fun!

but you get to the end of the novel adn you are supposed to be incredibly cleverly ambiguous. it's just too much.
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13 Jan
if the 160 unknown are same proportion as yes/against, you'd expect around 10 R votes for impeachment? but...1
you'd think (?) that people would speak up pretty quickly if they were all in on trump no matter what. and if you were waiting to see how the wind blows, you'd be leaning against trump I'd think...
like, he didn't apologize, threatened congress again, there's reports of colleagues being directly implicated in insurrection, McConnell's signaling he wants impeachment to go forward, McCarthy isn't whipping, 5 Rs came out for it...
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I guess it's obvious, but there are still major revelations about the coup attempt coming daily, or more than daily. and we're not even into official house and senate hearings or FBI/DOJ trials/prosecutions.
this puts GOP in a pretty stark position. tying themselves to trump now means they're onboard for when we find out Trump asked GOP leaders to show his buddies around the capital to reconnaissance (as just one super inflammatory but not implausible possibility.)
even if you're in a red seat, that's going to look pretty bad in an ad. and possibly even worse to donors, who are already bailing because they don't want to be associated with fascist insurrection.
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13 Jan
Feinstein's colleagues need to come forward and say she's not competent to govern or run. otherwise she will very likely win the seat again.
like, they should probably expel her.

voters know her name and think she has party support. if the party doesn't make clear she doesn't, they have no way of knowing.
it's all well and good to say primary her, but the state's voters know her and like her, and mostly don't know she's no longer competent. it's up to party leaders to tell them. if they don't, they're effectively lying to voters.
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.@MEPFuller reporting on how members of congress are so privileged they either don't understand metal detectors or figure they should be exempt, even at the risk of their lives.
a lot of security theater is bullshit. but congress just was the target of an armed fascist attack, which was aided in ways larger and smaller by some members.
how sure are we Mo Brooks wouldn't pull a gun on someone trying to impeach Trump if he got angry enough? I'm not sure.
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