1/ A couple thoughts on the arrest of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and other members of his patriot-cosplay theater group. Charges of "seditious conspiracy" combined with details in the indictment eviscerate all specious claims about Jan. 6...

2/ ...not being a real insurrection or being some riot riled up by instigating feds. The Oath Keepers plan was weeks in the making and specifically aimed at a violent overthrow of our government: "We aren't getting through this without a civil war."
3/ You can read the indictment here, and I suggest you do. The exhaustive detail - the staggering amount of evidence prosecutors clearly have - will be underplayed in much of the reporting simply due to space limitations. There's A LOT here.

4/ This development raises some interesting questions as to what lies ahed for Trump, MAGA-hugging Republicans and doofuses like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity et al... It was one thing to say "This was not an armed insurrection, these were just angry patriots!" when there...
5/ ...were not specific charges like this. It's another thing entirely to try to prop up people charged with seditious conspiracy, particularly when there's dramatic evidence that they had a massive stockpile of weapons and ammo ready to go just outside of DC on Jan. 6.
6/ So what does Trump and Co. do now? Already, this Rhodes dingbat was reportedly mad that Trump didn't help any of the insurrectionists or raise money for them. And while it's easy to write off way-far-right loons like this, it's important to remember that they represent a...
7/ ...not-insignificant swath of the Trump GOP base. I would argue that what put Trump over the top in 2016, and what drove large numbers out for him in 2020, was the far-right-wing nutters who prior to Trump stayed home during elections. He activated the fringe.
8/ So now, if you're a Republican, you have to either take a position for or against the Oath Keepers who have been indicted. If you even loosely side with them, you're too extreme for a certain small swath of conservatives who haven't been fully brainwashed.
9/ If you oppose and condemn them, you're going to further anger that previously activated fringe, potentially depressing turnout in elections that will invariably be close. I'm not sure this is any kind of inflection point, and I know to never underestimate Trump and Co.'s...
10/ ...ability to dissemble and flim-flam their way out of things. But I have thought for a while that there would come a time when the truly bonkers far-right folks, their lost to dreams of anti-government violence, might become too much for the GOP to control. It was always...
11/ ...a Faustian bargain. If it falls apart, it could end up saving our democracy, which is something I would certainly appreciate. END

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Buckle up.

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3/ Rather than actually taking a moment to reflect on, you know, all the people dying and whatnot, you all are Pavlov's-dogging it right to "BIDEN DID A SOCIALISM ON ME!!!" bullsh*t, which only serves to raise the blood pressure of your already COVID-infected base.
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