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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The anti-democracy, pro-coup Republicans, unmasked

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Greg Sargent/WaPo:

A GOP senator’s indignant shaming of Mitch McConnell calls for extra from Democrats

In a unprecedented nine-minute session with reporters, Murkowski called on McConnell to cease putting “short-term political acquire” earlier than the necessity to grapple with what actually occurred on Jan. 6. At stake are the “rules of democracy we maintain so pricey,” which have to be valued “past only one election cycle.”

It didn’t work, in fact. Senate Republicans simply successfully filibustered the fee. A pair extra Republicans voted for it than anticipated, however nonetheless, nearly all voted towards even permitting it to be debated.

Murkowski did a superb job shedding gentle on the issue we now face. However right here’s the factor: In the long run, solely Democrats can start to resolve that drawback.

It’s crystal clear that the one factor the GOP cares about is energy, and completely nothing else.

A telling stat on Newsmax and Trump’s waning affect. Trump’s Tuesday interview was Newsmax’s top-rated hour — with 295,000 complete viewers. As compared, Maddow drew 2.6 million and Hannity nabbed 2.3 million viewers in the identical hour. Even Cuomo greater than tripled Trump.

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 27, 2021

Susan B Glasser/New Yorker:

American Democracy Isn’t Lifeless But, however It’s Getting There

A rustic that can’t even agree to research an assault on its Capitol is in huge hassle, certainly.

Earlier than leaving city for his or her Memorial Day recess, in actual fact, Senate Republicans efficiently used the legislative filibuster for the primary time this session to dam the proposed bipartisan panel. Their acknowledged arguments against a commission vary from the implausible to the insulting; the actual clarification is political cynicism within the excessive. Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, who’s thus far delivering on his pledge to focus a “hundred per cent” on blocking Biden’s agenda, even claimed that an investigation was pointless as a result of it will end in “no new reality.” John Cornyn, an in depth McConnell ally, from Texas, was extra trustworthy, no less than, in admitting, to Politico, that the vote was all about denying Democrats “a political platform” from which to make the 2022 midterm elections a “referendum on President Trump.” For his half, Trump has been placing out the phrase that he plans to run for reëlection in 2024—and exulting in polls exhibiting {that a} majority of Republicans proceed to imagine each his false claims of a fraudulent election and that nothing untoward occurred on January sixth. Evidently, these will not be the indicators of a wholesome democracy able to fight the autocratic tyrants of the world.

“Seems, issues are a lot worse than we anticipated,” Daniel Ziblatt, one of many “How Democracies Die” authors, advised me this week. He stated he had by no means envisioned a state of affairs just like the one which has performed itself out amongst Republicans on Capitol Hill throughout the previous few months. How might he have? It’s arduous to think about anybody in America, even when “How Democracies Die” was printed, a 12 months into Trump’s time period, severely considering an American President who would unleash an rebellion in an effort to steal an election that he clearly misplaced—after which nonetheless commanding the assist of his celebration after doing so.

Time to surrender on Marco Rubio, who won’t ever do the fitting factor if there’s any threat | Editorial https://t.co/Ln6bgE7I72 pic.twitter.com/xHHt61oXwi

— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) May 27, 2021

Stephen Richer/ Nationwide Evaluation:

The Insanity of the Maricopa County Election Audit

I’m a libertarian-minded Republican. I hate taxes. Particularly the revenue tax. However I pay all required taxes.

I believe you additionally pay your taxes. And like most People, you in all probability don’t cheat or lie.

For that cause, regardless that an IRS audit would possibly annoy you and trigger you some stress, you’d ultimately understand that you don’t have anything to concern so long as the audit is finished pretty and correctly.

However you’d probably really feel in another way if the IRS outsourced the audit to somebody who:

  • Had no relevant skilled credentials
  • Had by no means beforehand run a tax audit
  • Believed that Hugo Chavez had nefariously managed your tax-auditing software program
  • Had publicly acknowledged previous to analyzing your taxes that you simply’d definitely dedicated tax fraud

That’s what is going on to elections in Maricopa County, Ariz. — the house of virtually two-thirds of Arizona’s voting inhabitants.

STEPHEN RICHER is the Maricopa County recorder. He was elected, as a Republican, in November 2020, and took workplace in January.

The cool factor about taxing the wealthy nationally is you do not have to fret about them leaving for a lower-tax state (and no they do not usually depart the nation, lol).

— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) May 28, 2021

Ronald Brownstein/CNN:

Is the GOP’s extremist wing now too huge to fail?

Congressional Republicans have crystallized an ominous query by rejecting consequences for Donald Trump over the January 6 riot in his impeachment trial and welcoming conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia into their convention: Has the extremist wing of the GOP coalition grown too huge for the celebration to confront?

Professional-insurrection Republicans are already claiming a 1/6 fee with an equal variety of Dem and GOP nominees that has bipartisan majority assist in each homes is by some means partisan and unfair, which signifies they’d lie about any report regardless, so simply do it, invoice or no.

— Nicholas Grossman (@NGrossman81) May 28, 2021

Peter Hotez/Every day Beast:

The Solely Approach to Resolve the Wuhan ‘Lab Leak’ Controversy

More and more, the longstanding near-consensus that the probably origins of human COVID-19 was in an animal virus reservoir, similar to bats, is coming beneath fireplace. In that state of affairs, which I proceed to suppose is essentially the most believable, the virus’ gestation or circulation in bats could have been adopted by growing human-bat interactions, presumably on account of the enlargement of human populations in forested areas. An identical state of affairs was probably liable for the emergence of Ebola virus infection in Africa. Many scientists really feel it’s extra probably that the novel coronavirus could have jumped from bats to people not directly, by way of an intermediate animal.

The most important competing view all through this pandemic has been that the virus was conceived artificially by way of manipulations within the laboratory (particularly the Wuhan Institute of Virology), that it was a naturally occurring virus that leaked from a lab by accident, or each. Whereas many have advised there could also be so-called “smoking guns” for one or the opposite speculation, to my thoughts, they’re inconclusive at finest. For instance, the discovering of distinctive RNA sequences within the COVID-19 virus, together with a so-called furin-cleavage website, is taken into account by some as proof of virus manipulation within the laboratory or “gain-of-function” analysis. The latter refers to instances the place scientists try to truly make a virus extra transmissible or infectious intentionally.

Nevertheless, furin-cleavage websites are well-known to be present in multiple naturally-occurring coronaviruses, together with the MERS coronavirus. Due to this fact, it isn’t in any respect clear that such websites had been engineered by scientists engaged on SARS CoV-2.

It is really genuinely outstanding that 6 Republican Senators joined Democrats on a serious invoice. However as a substitute of encouraging that to occur extra typically, the filibuster simply prevents this type of bipartisanship from even being a risk.

— Steven White (@notstevenwhite) May 28, 2021

Gregory J Wallance/The Hill:

Marjorie Taylor Greene must be expelled from Congress — however Republicans are too afraid of Trump to do it

Greene must be expelled from Congress. Maybe as soon as it was tempting to dismiss her as only a fringe character along with her previous support for QAnon, her declare that the Parkland, Fla., college shootings had been a false-flag operation and her suggestion that house lasers prompted the California wild fires for the advantage of, amongst others, an funding banking agency that bears the title of a outstanding Jewish household. It began to daybreak on folks that Greene is doubtlessly harmful when it emerged that she had endorsed social media posts advocating violence towards Democrats, which prompted Home Democrats and a handful of Republicans to vote to strip her of her committee seats.  

Hours after voting towards the Jan. 6 Fee, Sen. Hyde-Smith launched an announcement about Memorial Day, saying that “those that died for us need to be honored each day.” I requested her workplace & Wicker’s if they’d met with Gladys Sicknick. No reply. https://t.co/iYcrYtvQ1x

— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) May 29, 2021

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