Are rank-and-file Republicans as corrupt as their “leaders”?

…Redistricting debate — over how aggressively Republicans should try to eliminate the remaining Democratic enclaves in red states — is playing out in cities across the upper South and Midwest. Local Republicans, eager to grow their numbers in Congress and provide launching pads for ambitious state legislators, might be more inclined to carve up those blue pockets. But others in the GOP are wary of a rapid and unpredictable political realignment that complicates the drawing of new maps — and the threat of the legal behemoth Democrats have assembled to counter them.

Unabashed partisan gerrymandering that was commonplace after 2010 is now giving some Republicans pause. Top party strategists are urging state mapmakers to play it safe and draw lines that can withstand demographic change throughout the decade and lawsuits.

“There’s an old saying: Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.). “And when it comes to redistricting, that is, in fact, the case.”

I hope this is as true as it reads. What I see from my semi-rural home in northern New Mexico – looking out at the rest of this nation – is a Republican Party unabashedly greedy…and Democrats complacent as well-fed piggies waiting for the slaughterhouse.

Bill Barr finally got tired of Trump’s bullshit

Former Attorney General Bill Barr said the Justice Department always knew Trump’s claims of election fraud were “bullsh*t,” according to an excerpt from journalist Jonathan Karl’s upcoming book published in the The Atlantic.

Why it matters: Barr’s new comments come as Trump continues to propagate the lie that the 2020 election was “rigged.” Republicans in swing states now are conducting “audits” of election ballots based on false conspiracies about the election…

Barr said the department investigated a specific allegation, spread by Trump allies, that ballots were being wheeled into a central precinct in Wayne County, Mich., but found a simple explanation.

“In every other county, they count the ballots at the precinct, but in Wayne County, they bring them into one central counting place. So the boxes are coming in all night. The fact that boxes are coming in—well, that’s what they do.”…

Barr also said that he told Trump the lawyers pursuing legal election fights were a “clown show.”

Trump isn’t talented enough to be a clown in a genuine circus. Apparently, there is a chunk of Republican voters still OK with his mediocre performance as an ex-president.