Bye-bye, Republican Party


Lyle Darrah outside his home in Mead, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Lyle Darrah was on a conference call at work when the riot at the U.S. Capitol started on Jan. 6. When his boss mentioned what was happening, he turned on news coverage — and immediately felt his last allegiance to the Republican Party slipping away…

Later, Darrah, age 49, sat in his living room and pulled up the state’s voter registration website. And then, like thousands of other Coloradans in the wake of the insurrection, he left the Republican Party…

In the week from Jan. 6 through Jan. 12, about 4,600 Republicans changed their party status in Colorado…There was no comparable effect with any other party…

The number of people changing parties spiked immediately after the Capitol breach, though their motivations varied widely. About 200 made the same dramatic leap as Darrah, choosing to join the Democratic Party. Hundreds more went to conservative third parties…

RTFA…

…Interviews and data analysis show how the tumultuous post-election period, driven by the former president’s false claims of a stolen election and culminating in the Capitol riot and the current impeachment effort, has created a new split within the Republican Party.

Trump signs bill in time for Congress-critter paychecks. Unemployed millions get to wait another week.

President Trump unexpectedly capitulated Sunday night and signed the stimulus bill into law, releasing $900 billion in emergency relief funds into the economy and averting a Tuesday government shutdown…

Trump signed the bill while vacationing in Florida and on a weekend when he had allowed unemployment benefits for 14 million Americans to expire.

Trump takes care of his own. Democrats and Republicans in Congress get their paychecks. Why lay economic problems on the class of bureaucrats keeping visions of sugar plums rolling out to the Press?

The people he screwed are workers already out of a job. Never his concern.

Trump demands list of congressional Republicans who recognize Biden’s victory

President Trump on Saturday demanded to know who the congressional Republicans were who acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

The president was referring to a survey from The Washington Post that found that only 25 Congressional Republicans acknowledged Biden’s victory.

Those numbers will likely continue to grow as more Republicans [we hope] grow sufficient backbone to stand up for reality versus cowards in suits. So far, only 30% of Congressional Republicans even dared to answer the question.

A moot point, of course, after the archaic Electoral College submits their required vote, real soon now.

America’s COVID Dead May Equal 9/11 Every Day by Xmas

With COVID infections surging across the U.S. and Thanksgiving celebrations expected to have given the coronavirus more opportunities to spread, experts fear the country will soon experience a record number of deaths from the disease—something equivalent to the 2,977 people killed on 9/11 per day—by Christmas.

In the past week alone, 10,288 people died of COVID in the U.S., with the current death toll of 267,302, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website that was updated Tuesday. On average in the past week, 1,469 people died of COVID each day…

The CDC, which pools data from a number of models to create what is known as an ensemble forecast, sets its mid-range estimate for COVID deaths per day by December 19 at around 2,200, and its higher range at just over 3,000.

Same as it ever was – when we’re governed by a complete incompetent in the White House and a majority of the toy politicians in Congress too scared of their shadow to stand up to this idjit.

AOC…My kind of hero

It’s time you understand this. Trump isn’t a one-off in today’s Republican Party. One of the most significant things you should learn from this article – aside from the smarts, courage and principled leadership AOC helps provide in one small part of the Democratic Party – is that, more than ever, the Republican Party is under the thumb of sexist, racist, reactionary bigots.

Her Republican colleagues had, up until then, been civil. But one day in late July, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol while Representative Ted Yoho lost his shit. The Florida Republican, incensed by the New York congresswoman’s recent comments linking crime and poverty, jabbed his finger in her face, calling her “crazy” and “disgusting.” She froze. The situation felt dangerous, with Yoho towering over Ocasio-Cortez, who calls herself “five-five on a good day.” Congressman Roger Williams, a Texas Republican, bumbled next to him like a wind puppet at a used-car dealership. She told Yoho he was being rude and went into the Capitol to vote. As Yoho descended the steps, he called her a “fucking bitch.” A reporter nearby witnessed the exchange, and soon the whole world had heard the epithet.

This part hasn’t been reported: The next day Ocasio-Cortez approached Yoho and told him, “You do that to me again, I won’t be so nice next time.” She felt his actions had violated a boundary, stepping “into the zone of harassment, discrimination.” His mocking response, straight out of Veep: “Oh, boo-hoo.” Publicly, Yoho doubled down, issuing a non-apology on the House floor, citing his wife and daughters as character witnesses…

Forty-eight hours later, Ocasio-Cortez delivered one of the most eloquent dunks in political history, a “thank u, next” for the C-SPAN set, taking on not just Yoho but the patriarchy itself. She took care to enter “fucking bitch” into the Congressional Record. “I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man and accost women,” she told the House. “It happens every day in this country.” And the line that spawned headlines, T-shirts, hashtags, and memes: “I am someone’s daughter too.

RTFA. I thank VANITY FAIR for publishing this. I thank APPLE NEWS for reprinting it online. Otherwise I might not have seen it. Yup, one of the problems of so much good content being available on the Web is sifting through the dross to get to the good stuff.

Nothing in this surprises me…except for the size and extent, the number of fascist-minded bigots who now run the Republican Party. Just out of my teens, I was a founding member of the Young Republicans in my second hometown. Mostly because they clearly were less corrupt than the Dems…in that small New England town.

That only lasted six weeks. Aside from one friend from high school who had asked me to help him organize a chapter of young conservatives, I really couldn’t stand hanging out with even a small group of folks who thought the 18th Century was characterized by more good ideas than any other century.

Please read this. Not just to reinforces or change any of your own political ideas; but, to witness the stink and disgust these creeps engender. See what it’s like for this courageous stand-up young woman to confront what passes for the leading legislative body in this sad nation.