We can be clear and open here, just between us, and admit that the legislation to make a Bipartisan Commission was, in fact, entirely political and designed specifically to make Republicans make an unpopular vote against it, right?
I mean, it’s not like the Democrats wouldn’t have been perfectly happy to have it pass—ideally, there would have been fifteen or so Republican Senators who would have voted for it, which would have nicely split their Party and caused the maximum bad feeling between them and created a commission that might have done something useful. On the other hand, the failure of the Republicans to approve the creation of a January Sixth Commission just means that the actual Congressional work on the topic will be entirely partisan. That’s not going to be politically bad for the Dems, either.
It would be even better, mind you, from a patriotic standpoint, if the Conservative Party weren’t entirely dysfunctional. If, for instance, it were possible for the legislature to examine what went wrong from a security, law-enforcement, bureaucratic and physical-plant point of view—if, for instance, both Parties agreed that it was a bad thing to have people chanting death threats in the Capitol—if, for instance, both Parties agreed that the trespassers were attempting a putsch, however pathetically, and that we do not want more putsch attempts to get even as far as this one did.
Well, there isn’t anything that Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden can do about that. But they can, and should, and clearly did, take political advantage of the opposing Party’s choice.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,