Trump lost the 2020 election. But we are far from out of the woods when it comes to the survival of the Republic. Nearly one half of the country was willing to give Trump another term, four more years during which Trump no doubt would have turned his autocratic fantasies into reality, using his authority to enrich himself and punish his enemies.
- I see that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, is being investigated by the FBI over allegations of bribery and abuse of power. Four whistleblowers from Paxton's office were fired or forced to leave their positions. I am sure Trump sees nothing wrong with anything Paxton is alleged of doing. Guess who is getting a pardon for Christmas?
- On my blog, I have criticized elected Republican officials, so many of them, for abdicating their constitutional responsibility to hold Trump accountable. Thus, I should recognize when Republicans risk their reputations and political careers to do their job. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger refused to cower to the pressure put on him by President Trump, the two Georgia Senators, and Senator Graham (see above). Raffensperger could have put his finger on the scale and thrown the election to Trump but he refused to engage in such dishonesty. If we had more Republicans like Raffensperger there would have been no need for today's column.
- Speaking of Georgia, Senator David Perdue has announced he will not debate his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff. That is a good position for a candidate to take when he or she is way ahead in the polls. It's not a good position to take when the race is dead even. Perdue not debating Ossoff will be a far bigger campaign issue than any thing that would have come out of the debate.
- In the other Georgia Senate run-off, appointed Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler has agreed to debate her opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Here is the problem. Given Loeffler's flirtation with the Qanon crowd during the jungle primary, she is going to be asked whether she denounces the conspiracy theory that Democrats are are a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who are running a global sex-traffic ring, which ring Trump is trying to stop. If she says "yes," she runs the risk of losing some of her crazy GOP supporters, which she desperately needs. If she says "no," she could lose the support of independents and some of the more sane Republicans. My guess Sen. Loeffler will try the Trump tactic of pretending not to know what Qanon. That would be consistent with Loeffler earlier this year saying she had not heard of the Access Hollywood tape during which Trump talked about grabbing women's private parts.
- Yesterday, I heard someone put it quite well. Let me paraphrase: "There is no Republican Party any more. There is a Democratic Party and an anti-Democratic Party. Today's Republican Party does not stand for anything but being against the Democratic Party." Yep.