[guest post by Dana]
Let’s be very straight about the once formidable Republican Party and its members: it is now the ReTrumplican Party. Judge for yourself:
Senate Republicans blocked the House-passed bill creating a commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Although most Republicans were unified in their opposition to the bill, worrying that a commission would drag into next year and potentially affect GOP chances of retaking Congress in the 2022 midterms, six voted to advance the bill.
The vote to advance the bill failed by 54 to 35, well short of the 60 votes needed. Republican Senators Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and Ben Sasse supported advancing the bill. All but Portman voted to convict former President Trump on the impeachment charge of incitement of insurrection in February. GOP Senator Patrick Toomey was not present for the vote due to a family commitment but said in a statement that he would have supported advancing the bill.
Earlier this week, Mitch McConnell, the same GOP leader who said after the insurrection of Jan. 6: “former President Trump’s actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty. Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” poo-pooed the bill for a bipartisan inquiry into the events of Jan. 6. Instead, McConnell made a cynically political calculation :
McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked if he would support any changes to the commission, “I think that this is purely political exercise that adds nothing to the subtotal of information. It doesn’t allow anyone to get away with anything. All of these aspects of it are being dealt with it one way or another already.”
The minority leader also accused Democrats of continuing to “litigate the former president into the future.”
It would add nothing to the subtotal of information?? How can he be certain of that?? Clearly, McConnell doesn’t want to see Trump held accountable for his involvement in the events of Jan. 6, nor does he want to see the ReTrumplican Party members further exposed for the corrupt and mendacious lot of loathsome lickspittles they are. But mostly, he doesn’t want to risk a GOP loss in 2022, let alone 2024. And remember, McConnell already said back in February that if Trump were the nominee, he would “absolutely” support him.
mcconnell thinks a divided party can’t win whereas a party that covers for trump and insurrectionists maybe can, so he’s acting accordingly
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) May 28, 2021
Anyway, while I very rarely agree with Chuck Schumer, he is spot-on here:
“Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they’re afraid of Donald Trump,” Schumer said, noting that many Republicans continued to embrace Mr. Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen. “Senate Republicans chose to defend the ‘big lie’ because they believe anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically.”