NY Times:

An Indelible Stain’: How the G.O.P. Tried to Topple a Pillar of Democracy

The Supreme Court repudiation of President Trump was also a blunt rebuke to Republican leaders who had put their interests ahead of the country’s.

“The act itself by the 126 members of the United States House of Representatives, is an affront to the country,” said Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. “It’s an offense to the Constitution and it leaves an indelible stain that will be hard for these 126 members to wipe off their political skin for a long time to come.”

Remember when we were earnestly told that electing veterans to Congress would help curb rabid partisanship? They’d put country over party. Rep. Michael Waltz and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (and their impressive service records) are making me seriously rethink that proposition. https://t.co/DLs6ZwwSII

— Greg Jaffe (@GregJaffe) December 12, 2020

If I were @RepRiggleman, I would frame the censure and display it proudly https://t.co/y7OO8G56QR

— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) December 14, 2020

William Saletan/Slate:

Trump Is Finishing Russia’s Smear Campaign Against America

In 2016, Putin had a plan to discredit U.S. elections. In 2020, Republicans are executing it.

When Trump won, the Russians popped Champagne and suspended their plan.

Now the plan has been revived. But this time, Putin doesn’t have to execute it, because Trump and the GOP are doing that for him. Almost every day—and on some days, almost every hour—Trump denounces the election as “rigged” and “fixed,” with “late night ballot ‘dumps,’ ” “massive evidence of widespread fraud,” and votes secretly manipulated “through machines.” On Saturday, at his rally in Georgia, Trump claimed that Democrats had “stuffed the ballot boxes” with votes from “dead people” and “illegal aliens.” He called it “the largest fraud in the history of our country,” and he urged Americans to reject Biden. “You can’t ever accept when they steal and rig and rob,” Trump told his followers. On Thursday, he said Biden would be “an illegitimate president,” and he quoted a supporter who called the election a “coup.”

It’s going to be next summer and GOP members of Congress will be asked whether they admit that Joe Biden is president and they’ll say “Donald Trump just tweeted a fascinating theory from @QFan6969 about why he’s still the president, so let’s just let the process play out.” https://t.co/TenPgy2mVp

— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) December 13, 2020

Dan Balz/WaPo:

Republican officials have followed Trump along his dangerous and destructive path

Many Republicans have been silent as Trump has pursued his baseless claims. When a team of Washington Post reporters contacted all Republicans in Congress, just 27 said Biden had won. Two others actually said Trump was the winner, while 219 either gave no answer or were not definitive.

Such acquiescence has been ruinous for elected officials who have sworn an oath to the Constitution. These lawmakers have been complicit in perpetuating falsehoods about the election by failing to refute or rebuke the president.

Newt is pissed off that people vote:

Ummmm, why are Republicans so afraid of people voting?

— Nolan Ring (@iluvk9s) December 13, 2020


A Wall Street Journal op-ed about Jill Biden pairs virulent sexism with academic elitism

The article has been roundly criticized for attacking Biden for using the title “doctor” before her name.

The piece, “Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.” by Joseph Epstein, an emeritus lecturer of English at Northwestern University, is ostensibly a foray into an ongoing debate over whether only medical doctors can claim the title, or whether it can also be used by PhDs or others with doctorates, such as Biden, who has a doctorate in educational leadership. (Many publications, including Vox, follow the Associated Press stylebook, which reserves “Dr.” for medical doctors.)

Epstein’s op-ed, though, went beyond this argument to specifically belittle Biden’s credentials and her field of study, beginning with addressing Biden — who is 69 — as “kiddo.” In the op-ed, he describes her decision to use the title of doctor as something that “sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic.” He also dismisses her doctoral dissertation, about keeping community college students enrolled, as “unpromising,” though he does not make clear whether he has read it.

Many women in academia struggle to be addressed with the same respect given their male colleagues. And community colleges have long fought a stigma that the education they offer is inferior to their four-year counterparts.

Epstein’s op-ed played into both of those tropes — and struck a justifiable nerve.

There’s 50 years between Pelosi and AOC, but the visceral hatred each engenders in angry men is exactly the same.

— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) December 13, 2020


In challenging election defeat, Trump cements his control over the Republican Party

From libertarians to moderates to far-right conservatives, Republican officials across the country are bending to Trump’s will and engaging in performative displays of loyalty in an unprecedented attack on the peaceful transfer of power.

When the real reporters at @WSJ ask not to be mistaken for the strange bunch over at @WSJopinion https://t.co/32HXgRi0cQ

— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 13, 2020


Coronavirus vaccines can have side effects. That typically means they’re working.

Scientists will also be vigilant for severe allergic reactions. Last week, two health-care workers in the United Kingdom who were among the first batch of people to get the vaccine after it was authorized developed anaphylaxis, a severe allergic response.

Rand Paul makes a pretty good run at taking over the coveted “most obnoxiously hated person in the Senate” slot. But Ted Cruz is still edging him out. https://t.co/aVt7cdcfyj

— Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) December 13, 2020

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