Yesterday's January 6th committee hearing featured the testimony of ordinary, dedicated public servants who were going about their jobs of making sure the 2020 election was conducted freely and fairly and for that they were subjected to a continuous onslaught of verbal and physical intimidation and threats by the Trump mob.
It was terribly moving and, at times, hard to watch.
One of the key witnesses was from the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Russell "Rusty" Bowers, about whom I tweeted, "If there are still persuadable people anywhere out there, Russell Bowers' testimony would have moved them."
Well, I stand corrected: Russell Bowers' testimony didn't even persuade Russell Bowers. From the AP (with emphasis added):
Bowers was one of five recipients of this year’s John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for his refusal to consider overturning the 2020 election results despite pressure from Trump and his supporters.
But while Bowers said the efforts by Giuliani and other Trump backers have been hurtful, he does not levy any criticism on Trump directly and would support him if he were on the ballot.
“If he is the nominee, if he was up against Biden, I’d vote for him again,” Bowers said. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the county. In my view it was great.”
And despite all the damning testimony Bill "Bullshit" Barr unloaded on Trump during his 1/6 depositions -- despite trying to cash in on all that shit talk by writing an entire shitty book slagging Trump -- this (from the Rolling Stone):
Bill Barr Says Trump Is ‘Responsible’ for Jan. 6 … and Also That He’d Still Vote for Him in 2024
This has been your (and my) periodic reminder that, however tempting is might be to our empathic, forgiving Liberal hearts to keep pawing through the Republican midden pile looking for a pony, it's really nothing but reprogrammable meatbags all the way down.
That for decades, while the establishment media masturbated itself blind in their Platonic Both Siderist Cave, the GOP has been worked diligently to create an unstoppable Gingrich/Limbaugh political Doomsday Machine.
A Doomsday Machine that could not be reasoned with or bargained with.
A Doomsday Machine with no "off" switch.
And they succeeded.