I have to begin this piece with a word of credit and thanks to Steve Brodner who, in his opinion piece of January 2, 2024 in the Washington Post entitled, These politicians denied democracy on Jan. 6. Now they want your vote., did much of my research work. As of this writing there are 147 Republicans who voted not to certify the electoral college results of the 2020 election despite overwhelming evidence to the back up said results and even after they were attacked by domestic terrorists earlier in the day on January 6, 2021. Several have been implicated in complicity in the planning and/or execution of the illegal events of that day. By virtue of this vote, all 147 of them are in my opinion and that of many, many others, at minimum, accessories after the fact.
Republican Representative George Santos of New York was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday of last week. The vote was 311-114-2-8. This was the third attempt at expulsion, (keep in mind that Santos didn’t take his seat until January of this year). I’d like to list the 112 Republicans who voted to keep Santos in office. 8 (split 5-3 Republicans to Democrats) did not vote; I’ll comment one on. Then I’d like to explore the motivation for some of the votes. (Even a political junkie like me isn’t comfortable ascribing motivations to many of the back benchers.) Totally perplexing to me are the two Democrats who voted “Present”.
Timestamp: Sunday very early afternoon.
Among other reasons, you may see timestamps on a lot of my articles over the next few weeks because I’m rather busy in my personal life and am writing even further ahead of publishing than I normally do.
At the eleventh-hour Congress passed and President Biden signed a 45-day continuing resolution (CR) keeping the lights on in the federal government. A lot of people are claiming victory and celebrating like they actually achieved something. Because of my background, I like sports analogies. This is like someone stepping into the batter’s box, not hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied, to win a championship. This is just the basics. Kind of like unlocking the store’s door at whatever opening time is in the morning.
Timestamp: Mid-Saturday afternoon.
The timestamp was necessary because of the opening comments with the main message to follow.
Dateline: The late morning of Wednesday January 4, 2023. Yesterday the 118th House of Representatives arguably went into session. Republican “control” is already proving chaotic!