The "unity" position per McCarthy is that Trump should be censured for inciting an insurrection, but not impeached, and you can't have leaders who keep bringing that old insurrection thing up 4 whole months later while Trump is working 24/7 to do the same thing again
Look we've all made mistakes. One person "bears responsibility" for a violent organized attempt to overthrow American democracy that led to multiple deaths. One person keeps bringing it up. Tomayto, tomahto, the important thing is to stay united.
The direct McCarthy quote: "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding"…

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5 May
If the formula they’re using is “Trump pushing his election lies creates a risk of violence” it’s hard to see how that condition ever goes away
If the main issue they have is that it’s “indefinite” and they’re revisiting it in six months, odds are he’s still talking about it nonstop, the party is purging more Cheneys over it, and we’re even closer to the next elections. Not exactly making it easy for them to reverse.
Reading the full Oversight Board report here and it really doesn’t leave much room for Trump to fix the problem as they define it. He’s not going to renounce his prior behavior or stop doing it in the future. Image
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16 Apr
It’s a good jumping off point for discussion, which foreign citizens “imported en masse” in our history would they say were a mistake who tore at national unity
Theory of immigration in the America First caucus document implicates, among other groups, nearly all Asian Americans. Vast majority are immigrants or descendants of immigrants allowed in by the 1965 law. Without it, less than 1% of country would be Asian, per Pew Research. Image
The America First Caucus suggests a pause in immigration could help in "weeding out those
who could not or refused to abandon their old loyalties and plunge head-first into mainstream
American society."

"Weeding" is an interesting term. Which groups do they have in mind?
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12 Apr
@JHWeissmann Yeah, the case isn't "McConnell didn't do anything," it's that there was a world where Trump might be forced into political exile right now while McConnell is restoring the party to his version. Instead trends Trump launched are arguably accelerating
@JHWeissmann But you also have to look at the other side of the ledger. 2009-2016 McConnellism also laid the groundwork for everything Biden is doing so far, ignoring GOP votes to try to pass gigantic bills that pay off every D constituency instead.
@JHWeissmann So if the result ends up: You empowered Donald Trump, who transformed the party into something antithetical to your version, and your bet to blockade Obama led to the biggest progressive legislative bonanza since LBJ, I think that's a pretty mixed bag here
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22 Mar
One issue here is that what we're talking about when we talk about "border security" changed. The 2013 framework was about D's trading legalization for more patrol, fence, work checks. But today's debate is largely about asylum seekers, which was not a major concern at the time.
Before the first child migrant crisis, D's had a simple formula: Give R's any amount of money for border security, no matter how absurd, in exchange for path to citizenship. But walls and patrols don't address the current q, what do you do with people legally requesting to stay.
You do not have a right to cross the border illegally just to work, but you do have a legal right to go to the border and try to claim asylum. The answer to how to deal with that issue at every step of the way is far more complex and divisive.
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16 Mar
One wrinkle of filibuster debate worth considering. One reason McConnell never budged on legislative filibuster is there weren't many GOP priorities that could get 50 votes. In fact, not many priorities, period. They didn't even use every reconciliation bill available. BUT...
...if Democrats were to ditch the filibuster, there would be ENORMOUS pressure on GOP from base to come up with a list of 50-vote bills and whip R votes, if only as punishment to D's. They could essentially invent the demand to pass these bills, if only as a lib owning exercise.
This doesn't necessarily happen without D's ditching the filibuster first. McConnell would just as soon avoid many of these issues. But you may have a Trumpier majority with new room to act on abortion w/ SCOTUS, to name on example, and the last moderate holdouts potentially gone
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