I’m back from a week away. What did I miss, other than the RNC dubbing as “legitimate political discourse” the Trump-led GOP efforts to steal the 2020 election?
I learned something new yesterday, listening to a Dispatch podcast, in which Steve Hayes made reference to a very interesting news story. It’s a month-old story, but in light of the RNC’s censure of Cheney and Kinzinger, it’s worth re-upping in case you, like me, missed it when it first came out. Namely:
When the Department of Justice indicted members of the Oath Keepers last week for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, one Republican official might have taken more notice of the arrests than others.
Frank Eathorne, who was revealed in a leak last year to be one of 191 Wyoming-based members of the far-right militia group, was in Washington for protests on Jan. 6. But Eathorne is no rank-and-file fringe crank. He is the sitting chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party.
That role has made him one of the more influential Republican officials in the country. Eathorne is presiding over what is perhaps the GOP’s highest-profile primary battle of the 2022 election: the MAGA-fueled campaign to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for her unrelenting criticism of former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.
As a state party chairman, Eathorne is one of the 168 members of the RNC and thus one of the people who actually voted to censure Cheney and Kinzinger . . .
. . . for their role in investigating the January 6 insurrection . . . in which the most serious charges, of seditious conspiracy, have been brought against leaders of the Oath Keepers . . .
. . . which, again, is an organization to which Eathorne belongs.
Anyone else see the problem here?