I have been saying for well more than a year now that the current iteration of the Republican party is dying. You can agree with me, or you can disagree with me, I’m down either way. As long as you’re classy, we can argue positions and opinions all day.
But I’m talking about the actual survival of the GOP as we know it. And when the best and brightest minds, the ones with the most experience in the field, head for the exits en masse, and start to actively work against the party, then you have a problem. Not only that, but the fact that the party is literally cleaved so evenly down the middle between moderates and extremists, it makes it almost impossible for them to win a national Presidential election.
But I’m talking about something more immediate, and visceral. It was impossible not to be moved by the 13 minute video that the Democratic impeachment prosecutors showed today. But as I watched that raw, emotional footage of the Capitol riot today, I was hammered by the fact that this tragic event will never outlive the infamy of that day.
Pop quiz! What is the worst act of terrorism ever visited on the United States of America? September 11, 2001, of course. And while the nonstop reporting on the terrorist attacks stretched on for days on every national network, the actual meat and bones events of that day took place in less than 6 hours. About the same time that it took from the moment the Capitol building was breached, for the Capitol police to announce that the building was now secure.
But here’s the point, Every year, since 9/11/2001, the national media response to memorialize the day has been the same. For instance. On September 11th, 2020, at midnight eastern, 9 pm Pacific, when MSNBC finished its live programming for the day, what did they do? They switched over to replaying the footage of the events of 9/11, as it happened. Just the same as they have every year since the original attack.
And this is the ghost that the Republican party can never outrun. A bunch of spineless wimps in the GOP Senate may lack the balls to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, but the results are already in, and the national jury has already spoken. The events of January 6th, 2021 were every bit as seminal as the terrorist attack of 9/11. On 9/11, it was foreign terrorists that attacked the United States. And on 1/06, it was a bunch of MAGA clad morons who invaded the Capitol of the United States, and by means of force, tried to stop the operation and function of the government of the United States.
And, call me kooky, but I don’t see this going away anytime soon . Cone January 6th, 2022, when MSNBC and other major networks end their live coverage for the day, I can see them dissolving back into coverage of the Trump rally at the White House, followed by the march of the unruly mob to the Capitol building, and then the endless coverage of the carnage that the mob caused in The Peoples House. And why wouldn’t they? Like 9/11, this was a seminal moment in American history, we had never before seen a domestic takeover of the seat of government of the United States. And why wouldn’t they? This was a national blight, a unique moment in American history, and I honestly cannot imagine it being repeated on the anniversary date.
And this is a pox that the current iteration of the GOP must carry into the future. They made themselves into the party of Trump, and any memory of the events of the day will of course morph into a discussion about the craven cowardice of the GOP in refusing to convict a man already gone from office. There isn’t enough bleach in the world to erase that stain.
If you enjoyed this article, you might also like to check out President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange . They comprise a pretty much daily report from the front of the 2016 GOP primaries, as well as the general election
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