Jan 5, 2021
Tomorrow, Republicans could replace Senate Democrats with exact body doubles. Proud Boys could rappel through the ceiling of the House chamber. Or maybe, it will be just a “regular order” legislative day. Who knows? Well, David Waldman, Armando, and Joan McCarter have some pretty good guesses on today’s KITM:
Republicans are, yes, in disarray. Mitch McConnell is subtly steering the party… in that he has let go of the steering wheel and ducked into his shell. Chuck Grassley pushes Pence aside and takes control — to clarify, if Mike needs to powder his nose, Chuck can, you know, kind of step in.
Mike Pence is exactly the guy John Nance Garner told you about, except that he’s more lukewarm than average Vice Presidents. Mike can’t do a thing, even if he does show up. Look, it’s all right there in the 12th Amendment, The Electoral Count Act of 1887, and US Code 3, Section 15 — unless it isn’t — then there are still precedents, processes and procedures — unless there aren’t — and then there are still a few backups to go to. The good news is that Donald Trump hasn’t got many more backups to go to before he’s completely out of oxygen, so to speak.
The Proud Boys leader was arrested, depriving his troops of a leader right before their glorious day tomorrow. Oh, well, they can still attend in Antifa-face if they want. Republican Chip Roy was rational last weekend, but today he’s back at work, predicting an actual civil war if Georgia votes yankee one more time.
Ossoff and Warnock aren’t the only good things coming our way if they win. Already progressives have won a rules change that would allow Medicare for All, a Green New Deal or other big reform agenda items to be exempted from paygo rules. The House is changing its rules to permit committee chair to reissue subpoenas, which should come in handy almost immediately.