As I argued today, with the help of @EdgeofSports, the gun debate entering the world of sports could help scramble the cultural faultlines on guns. It'll be harder to portray these concerns as effete liberal cultural elitism out of touch with Real America:
In the wake of the latest horror, Democrats should tell voters clearly that if they deliver two more Democratic senators, they will suspend the filibuster and pass new gun safety measures. Tell voters that they have recourse, and be *specific* about it:
Will big corporations bankroll Republicans who push Great Replacement Theory? A new @ProjectLincoln ad rips Elise Stefanik for pushing "racial hatred" and names three top donors. The group tells me the campaign will target other top GOP donors as well: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…@ProjectLincoln The Lincoln Project is set to run more ads against Republicans who flirt with Great Replacement Theory, and attempt to drive a wedge between them and corporate donors.
"It’s going to be really hard for any corporation to defend,” @TheRickWilson tells me:
Stop calling Doug Mastriano an "election denialist." Let's be clearer: He's an insurrectionist who's running to use the office to ensure that a Dem presidential candidate never wins his state as long as he's governor. Key to this is Christian nationalism: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
Weak phrases like "election denier" imply that Mastriano is merely indulging a backward-looking obsession out of personal loyalty to Trump.
The real aim is to assume the power to subvert future election losses *even if they're procedurally legitimate*:
Why do these mass shooters livestream their murders and post online Great Replacement screeds? Because they think these displays will galvanize more people to the larger cause of birthing a white ethnostate. My discussion with @amyspitalnick about this: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…@amyspitalnick Fascinating exchange: Mass shooters plan these events with the express purpose of galvanizing future white supremacist violence. That's why they livestream/post logs, as the Buffalo shooter did.
"It’s all part of the cycle of stochastic terrorism."
Big revelation buried in the new emails from Trump coup lawyer John Eastman: He basically lays out the blueprint for a 2024 stolen election. Right now Republicans in thrall to Trump's 2020 lies are running for positions where they could execute his scheme: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
Incredibly, Eastman suggests a GOP legislature should recalculate vote totals as "cover" to certify sham electors for Trump.
“Eastman was seeking to implant a new mathematical calculation contrived to produce a Trump win in PA,” @RepRaskin tells me:
Trump's contempt for his own voters is amazing. In the WV primary, he's backing one GOP candidate to punish his opponent for backing the infrastructure bill! Infrastructure $$$ was once a central promise of Trumpism. Now it's a mark of disloyalty to Trump: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
It's hard to overstate the seething, bottomless contempt that Trump is displaying toward MAGA voters. The guy who vowed to make our infrastructure great and beautiful now says a vote for infrastructure spending is an unforgivable betrayal:
Anti-elitist JD Vance's Senate run is partly the creation of billionaire Peter Thiel, who chipped in $15 million. I took a look at this alliance with help from Thiel's biographer. He told me Thiel is a "reactionary capitalist," which explains a great deal: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
Peter Thiel has bankrolled many candidates who are loyal to Trump's lies about 2020.
Disdain for democracy and politics is central to Thiel's worldview, his biographer @chafkin tells me. We dug into Thiel's worldview here. It's
really dark and tortured:
The draft decision striking down Roe should refocus everyone's attention on the gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. They all have GOP legislatures, and GOP gov candidates in all three have vowed to act against abortion: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
Again and again and again, Democratic governors in PA, WI and MI have vetoed anti-abortion bills passed by GOP legislatures.
Now imagine those states with Republican governors, after a SCOTUS decision overturning Roe:
Elon Musk's absurd depiction of the GOP and Dem parties should be understood as a *statement of intent.* His silly chart literally depicts him turning a blind eye to right wing and GOP extremism. That's what his Twitter will likely do as well: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
No matter how much nonsense Musk's fanboys push about this, the debate over "free speech" simply does not map onto the debate over how to moderate a platform where free exchange flourishes:
Stop saying Republicans are "cowards" who would hold Trump accountable but "fear" doing so. Too soft. Rs like McCarthy have covered up 1/6 as concerted strategy, to keep Trump voters affirmatively energized. That's the real story behind the leaked audio: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
On the latest audio, Kevin McCarthy seemed genuinely horrified by the "rope" that the rioters brought to the Capitol. He was audibly shocked at the number of House Rs who attended on 1/6.
McCarthy then spent the next year helping Trump with the cover-up:
Interesting response to @DouthatNYT here. I want to add a few points, however. It's true, as Ross says, that the new populist right does break with "everyday libertarianism" in its vision of how the private sector and government interact. 1/
@DouthatNYT This New Right does allow that markets/distributive outcomes are in part created by government. They agree we can use gov't/politics to reconfigure markets to achieve better social outcomes. 2/
I think there are some good things about this. Me recently: