Mitch McConnell says Trump provoked the Capitol riot!

President Donald Trump helped provoke the swarms of his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday…

The mob was fed lies,” McConnell told the chamber, which two weeks earlier had been evacuated as rioters invaded the building. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

The GOP leader made the direct link between the Republican president’s rhetoric and the Jan. 6 riot, which left five dead, the day before President-elect Joe Biden was to be sworn in as the 46th president…

McConnell’s remarks also suggested that other leaders bore responsibility for the attack. Critics have called on some lawmakers, especially GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, to resign after they objected to key states’ electoral results.

Gee, do you think our elected officials are ready to stand up all righteous and take responsibility for what they’ve done?

Me, neither.

Chief copper in Houston condemns NRA pimps in Congress

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo lashed Texas Republican senators and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday for appearing to care more about the National Rifle Association than victims of gun violence.

“I don’t want to see their little smug faces about about how much they care about law enforcement when I’m burying a sergeant because they don’t want to piss off the NRA,” Acevedo said outside the Houston medical examiner’s office, where the body of shooting victim Police Sgt. Christopher Brewster lay…

” Acevedo is particularly angry that the Senate hasn’t renewed the federal Violence Against Women Act. A provision of the bill passed in the House would close the so-called boyfriend loophole. Federal law currently prohibits felons and domestic abusers living with their victims from buying guns, but abusive dating partners living elsewhere can still purchase firearms.

Brewster was killed, allegedly by the armed, abusive boyfriend of a Houston woman, as he responded to a domestic violence call.

Fix it brother! Telling it like it is.

The Republican myth about white voters

…In politics, for many Republicans the most unassailable truth is that winning the presidency is easy if only…and here everyone finishes the sentence with their pet theory of electoral politics.

That there is so much conviction that it might be easy for Republicans to win a national election is an odd one given history. Over the last six presidential elections, Democrats have won 16 states every time for a total of 242 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win. In those same six elections, Republican presidential candidates carried 13 states for 103 electoral votes…

But still the myth survives that there are these masses of untapped white voters just waiting for the right candidate…The simple truth is that there simply aren’t enough white voters in the America of 2016 to win a national election without also getting a substantial share of the non-white vote. Romney won 17 percent of the non-white vote. Depending on white voter turnout, a Republican needs between 25 percent and 35 percent of the non-white vote to win…

The Trump campaign talks about being able to reach out to Hispanics and African Americans but it’s not an overstatement to say he would be the most unpopular candidate with either group to ever lead a national ticket. Only 12 percent of Hispanics have a favorable view of Trump with 77 percent unfavorable. Even among Hispanic Republicans, he has a 60 percent unfavorable ranking. Among African Americans, 86 percent have an unfavorable view of Trump…

We can go on. But of course none of this will dissuade the Trump believers who will point to his dismantling of the Republican field as proof that he is a new force in politics and to use that popular phrase I loathe, “There are no rules.” It’s a legitimate point and one impossible to argue as there is no alternative universe in which there was an alternative election in which the Republican candidates ran better campaigns against Trump.

It’s true that voter registration and turnout is up in the Republican primaries and I don’t see any reason not to credit Trump with those increases. We’ve seen this before with little impact on the general election but more voters and more voter enthusiasm are positive…

But let’s not kid ourselves. Even if John Kasich or Ted Cruz, the remaining two candidates, were to emerge, the advantage is still very much with the Democrats. And until the party grows its appeal with non-white voters, it’s going to take an inside straight to win the White House.

Stuart Stevens is an American travel writer and political consultant…In 2013, he became a founding partner in Strategic Partners & Media, the consulting firm with the best record in statewide races. He served as a top strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

He helped elect more governors and US Senators than any other current Republican media consultant.

Not exactly a left-wing advocate.

Lindsey Graham explains years of opportunist politics — “My party has gone batshit crazy”

While Republican presidential candidates continued scream-debating in Houston last night, Sen. Lindsey Graham took a shot at his former challengers with a series of insults that capture the insanity that is the remaining GOP presidential field.

The South Carolina senator, who was speaking at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner, nailed it with the following jabs:

“My party has gone batshit crazy.”

“Ben Carson is the nice guy in the race, and he tried to kill his cousin.”

“If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.”

Some of us realize that the current state of affairs in the Republican Party is simply the logical result of years of populist opportunism, racism, and appeals to reactionary fear. It starts with Nixon’s so-called Southern Strategy and continues through the Patriot Act and brings us to Trump and Cruz.

Republicans can’t wait till Scalia is in the ground — to say “NO”

News of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death is just beginning to reverberate across the political world this evening, as the 79-year-old’s passing at a West Texas resort on Saturday was confirmed a short time ago…

Doing away with any attempt to appear even remotely respectful and seizing upon the obvious political earthquake that is the passing of the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice in the final year of President Obama’s presidency, Ted Cruz got nakedly political in his reaction to Scalia’s death, tweeting that Americans “owe it” to Scalia and ourselves to block Obama from nominating a successor…

Even Donald Trump showed more tact when reacting to Scalia’s death…But Marco Rubio repeated Cruz’s crock that the people deserve a voice in naming Scalia’s replacement via the 2016 election while dismissing the results of the 2012 election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who once argued in favor of a president’s prerogative to nominate justices who share his ideology but has since vigorously opposed Obama’s federal judicial nominees — refusing to hold confirmation hearings for a historic amount of nominees, released a statement emphasizing his political take on Scalia’s death and demanding that this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President

The Party of NO now has an opportunity to double down on their fear of Constitutional democracy. Not only can they prevent useful legislation from getting through Congress, they can shut down the Supreme Court by refusing to confirm whoever President Obama nominates.

Rightwing talking heads recognize the risk they’re setting themselves up for. The SCOTUS has been dominated by Republican appointees for over 40 years. That’s not good enough for today’s piss-ant Republicans. Instead of weighing in on a likely centrist candidate they are willing to chance a pissed-off electorate not only voting a Democrat into the White House but taking control of the Senate away from conservatives.

If President Obama has the smarts, the cojones to confront Republicans on their intransigence, he will nominate a Center-Left constitutional champion a few weeks after Scalia is buried. Regardless of the ignorance of CNN, the record for the longest confirmation for a justice is not held by Clarence Thomas but someone whose ethnicity and politics made Republicans more furious than Democrats stewing over an ultra-conservative Uncle Tom. That record goes to a Wall Street sheriff and trust-buster who was a Jew, Louis Brandeis. His confirmation took 125 days.

And Obama will be around a couple hundred days longer than that.

Let’s hear that “NO”