‘No one’s paying any attention’: The week that Republicans ignored Trump’s election lies
[ Editor’s Note: This trend is not new, but is gaining steam with the results of the Republican primaries. Quietly behind the scenes, Republicans are having to plan for survival in the worst case scenario for a large indictment of Republicans involved in attempting to overthrow the government.
A lot of Republican office holders are attorneys, and the ones that aren’t have a lot of access to attorneys, and you can bet they have all been listening to their own attorney’s advice.
They are closely following how strong the government’s case against the Republican Steal is building, so they can try to save themselves from circling the drain with Trump.
Of course, they have to do the “we love Trump dance”, as politicians’ biggest love is for the two headed coin where they can’t lose. But, you can expect that contingency planning is going on across the country, preparing for a worst case scenario.
I expect the Jan6 public hearing to be devastating, a worldwide historic news event that will have huge ratings. What will Trump be doing? He will continue to say it is a ‘witch hunt’ because he has a limited vocabulary and likes to repeat things over and over.
Any chance the Democrats have of saving themselves will have to come from a groundswell of public revulsion from the hearing disclosures, where getting the vote out and winning independent voters can determine a number of key races.
Manchin and the Arizona witch crippled Biden’s economic recovery program that would have put a lot more wind into the Democrats’ sails. Either way, Trump is not going to disappear.
For full disclosure, yours truly was a Cobb County and State party Republican delegate for a number of years when the Democrats were doing a political hari-kari number on themselves with their anti-Confederate heritage jihad.
At the time, the Georgia GBI only had one guy monitoring the klan, an early retirement slot for two years before retiring. He mainly played golf in the morning and caught afternoon movies.
Twenty years ago, Jeff Davis, who was Jefferson Davis’ grandson, and I met with the black Democratic committee heads, and we advised them that headhunting dead Confederates was going to end in them losing their committee chairmanships, as the Blue Dog Democrats were going to respond by registering as Republicans.
They just smiled politely and disagreed. They lost by 12 points that year, and were out of power for years, merely because they chose to help the NAACP scratch a scab issue. It was my first time watching seasoned, allegedly savvy politicians shoot themselves in the foot.
Little did I know what was coming. The Georgia Democrats have not controlled the state House or Senate since that year, resulting in not a single committee chairmanship. And this was one of the biggest mistakes in Georgia state politics… Jim W. Dean ]
First published May 22, 2022
Donald Trump has been lying about voter fraud for so long that his impugning of yet another election seemed almost inevitable. What was more revealing was that, for the first time, Republicans appeared not to be listening.
Mehmet Oz, the Trump-backed Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, did not prematurely declare victory last week, as Trump said he should. David McCormick, who is running narrowly behind Oz, has not claimed the election is unfair.
“No one’s paying any attention to it,” said Christopher Nicholas, a longtime Republican consultant based in Harrisburg.
Yet in Pennsylvania, Trump’s earliest effort to graft his 2020 complaints onto ballot counting in a midterm primary is falling flat. MAGA hard-liners who’ve lost primaries in other states in recent weeks have not contested the results.
And when the primary calendar turns to Georgia on Tuesday, Trump’s election conspiracy crusade is likely to take another hit.
“I think the shine has gone off a bit,” said Jason Shepherd, a former chair of the Republican Party in Georgia’s Cobb County, in the Atlanta suburbs.