This version of the Big Lie is what i call High Hawley-ism, that it's all about how states expanded voting in the midst of a pandemic. It's disingenuous nonsense. But..
What's key about this is that it is, I think, an early trial balloon for GOP state legislatures unilaterally changing voting rules, and/or simply awarding the electoral college votes themselves no matter who people vote for.
This dubious theory, that only state *legislatures* can make these kinds of changes also invites all kinds of mischief by federal judges to reach in and overrule state supreme courts. It didn't work in 2020, but that doesn't mean it won't.
Further, as Scalia memorably noted there is no constitutional guarantee of the right to vote for president; we vote for electors. Every state with R control could pass a law awarding all state electors to the candidate that won the most counties and basically guarantee R victory
Republicans can attempt to create a majority coalition that wins national elections or it can seek to find ever-more odious means of undermining democratic representation and entrench their ability to rule with 45% of the population. Pretty clear they're pursuing the latter.
In that context, you might be see Trump's dumb, plodding, Big Lie as just the beginning. There will be innovations and refinements to come...

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19 Feb
I'd say the broader point here is that huge universe of non-conservative media really runs the gamut, and for all its problems, does a wide range of reporting on stories on public figures across the spectrum. This really doesn't happen in the Fox bubble
Here's an example. I think most conservatives would characterize The New Yorker as a "liberal" publication. And yet the earliest most devastating reporting on Cuomo and DeBlasio's failures on COVID came in The New Yorker…
In fact, conservatives liked this piece so much, Murdoch's NY Post did a whole write up of it (with very little original reporting as far as I can tell)…
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17 Feb
You should take the broad spectrum of conservatives offering their genuine affection and admiration for Limbaugh as an accurate reflection of what the conservative movement’s values are and what it’s all about.
He really did embody modern conservatism - its style, its obsessions, its targets - as much as any single figure. We live in a country whose politics reflect that.
And a central part of his appeal was what conservatives would say admiringly was his un-PCness, his refusal to be cowed by the censorious taboos of liberals.
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11 Feb
This quote from Hawley is so so revealing, and shows something profound about how Trump-era Republicans understand themselves.

"The Republican Party — if it belongs to anybody — it belongs to the voters, the people who sent us here,” he said. “That's who I'm accountable to.”"
He's speaking here not about being a US Senator who is accountable to the voters - all of them - of his state of Missouri. No he's saying the Party is what matters here, and the Party is run by its voters and so that is who he is accountable to.
Trump was very clear about this, that he represented the people that voted for him and only them. Ron Johnson has made similar noises, but Hawley is making it explicit here that he sees himself fundamentally as a party functionary, not a member of the representative government.
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10 Jan
In the almost 10 years I've hosted a cable news show, I've had a lot of occassion (unfortunately) to cover massive acts of violence from mass shootings to terrorist attacks to large scale protests that have turned violent.
In *each and every case* - no matter what jurisdiction, from the largest city to the tiniest rural county, local law enforcement gives some kind of media briefing after the event is over. Often these happen in middle of the night or wee hours of the morning.
Often they're repeated multiple times a day to give updated information: how many police officers were killed or hurt, how many civilians were killed or hurt, how many people are hospitalized, who has been apprehended, and who is still at large, and what suspects are being sought
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9 Jan
First Trump tweeted about how it was all up to Mike Pence not to let him down.

Then he gave a speech to the crowd telling them it all depended on Mike Pence doing his bidding, even as he knew that Pence wouldn't.
Then he told the mob to go to the capitol to watch to see who was on their side

At the capitol someone in the mob erected what appears to be a functional gallows.

They stormed the Capitol. Once inside many were heard to be actively looking for Mike Pence in order to kill him.
Some in the crowd chanted "HANG MIKE PENCE"

And to top it all off AFTER THE CROWD HAD BREACHED THE CAPITOL, perhaps the very moment they were asking aloud where Pence was, and chanting "HANG MIKE PENCE", Trump ***sent out a tweet attacking Mike Pence.***
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23 Dec 20
People should be clear on what happened. The reason, the number one reason, there wasn’t a deal sooner, with a higher price tag, was that Trump *completely* ignored the entirety of the negotiations.1/x
It was always clear he could get a deal at a number closer to Pelosi’s if he actually cared and wanted to lean on Senate R’s. But he didn’t! Because he didn’t care. And post-election he has spent literally all of his political capital attempting to overturn American democracy
On that task he has been quite focused! There’s no official too low-level to lobby! So why did he just decide to suddenly pay attention? I think the Occam’s razor is *to screw McConnell*.
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