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The GOP shield wall holds – for now.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is about to be stripped of her committee assignments as a result of a party line vote.

Greene is getting more support for keeping her assignments from Republicans than Liz Cheney got for maintaining her leadership position last night.

So, the Republicans align themselves with QANON but were forced to take a hit for Greene. It might look like a solid defense wall without a chink of daylight but she’s definitely a weak spot now. For one thing, her district has a walker in Congress. I guess she can go gnaw on a cornice or something but she’s not going to bring honor and money to her constituents.

She’s being isolated with respect to her office as well as some representatives have asked to have their offices moved away from her.

I’ve heard that her district crazies are forming a radical secessionist movement. Sounds like they’re going to don their rebel reenactment garb that they usually reserve for the weekend. They have saved their Dixie cups so the south could rise again. It’s like they think the rest of us are going to be so frightened and intimidated by their righteous indignation that we’ll all just get out of their way.

Actually, the opposite is true. Americans are buying a lot more guns these days, says WaPo:

Steven Dulan, who teaches firearms law at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is on the board of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, said he has heard of new gun owners buying firearms as an investment, like a precious metal.

Far more common, he said, are the reports from first-time buyers who say they no longer trust police departments to protect them, especially after some agencies were overwhelmed by protesters during the summer.

“The folks that said they would never become a gun owner were trusting the police to protect them, and that delusion has been dispelled,” he said.

It sounds like they’re buying them in self defense. Whatever. It’s not just nutcases buying guns anymore. The rest of America is arming itself. They’re not getting out of anyone’s way. They’re going to stand their ground.

If I were one of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s constituents, reading that in the Washington Post would give me pause. Silly me. They’re not going to read the Post. I see some unpleasant surprises in their futures.

I’m guessing that House Republicans are also about to be surprised. It sounds like Democrats have been eating raw meat and have been sharpening their ice picks.

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In other News, House managers say they plan to call Donald Trump to testify on his behalf. Trump’s lawyers say “Nyet”.

Wasn’t it White House lawyer Don McGahn who said Trump should never testify under oath because he can’t stop himself from lying?

And for anyone who thinks this would be fun to watch, no, no it wouldn’t. Trump is like an uglier, less charming version of Saruman. His voice is harsh but his fanbase can’t resist.

Let’s not go there.

7 Responses

  1. I think it was one of his private lawyers that said Trump should never testify under oath because he just lies and then keeps lying.

  2. I just saw James Carville predict that there would be at least 55 votes to convict, maybe a few more. He said that people would be very impressed by the presentation of the House managers, that it would definitely be worth watching. 55 is not 67, of course, but it would be a strong statement. I think they should call witnesses, because the testimony would be very powerful and difficult to pass off lightly. But it appears that they want to have this done by the end of next week, and of course there is much governmental business to do, not the least of which is getting Garland approved as AG, so that we can have a functioning Justice Department.

    • I believe they are calling witnesses. Witnesses are not going to take all that much time. Giuliani I believe is one of the witnesses.

  3. A couple of thoughts on the appeal of QAnon to certain people, my brief theory, anyway There are many Americans who don’t know anything about government or political science, or history, or anything related. They hate when others who know more, lecture to them, or patronize them, they think, QAnon makes them think that they actually are the ones who know more, they are privy to secret information. That accounts for the sneering attitudes that people like MTG evince. Then of course, the cult tells them that all the people they hate are not just against them politically, they are satanic people who are murderers, pedophiles and cannibals. This appeals to their need for self-righteousness and people to hate. And then the candy part, the fun game of clues and mysteries, which most kids love, and many adults, do, too. Coded messages, cryptic predictions, numerology to pore over and share with the other cultists. It presents to ignorant and mostly stupid people the chance to feel superior and in the know, and gives them a message of warning to convey to the people they proselytize.

    • That’s really well-said, William. It’s how people always get sucked into personality cults.

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