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NY Times Editor:

There is no doubt who should be held responsible for attacking the Capitol and trying to reverse the election results.

If you don’t hold him accountable, it can happen again.

This is at the heart of the prosecution’s argument in the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. It is a plea for the Senators, charged with a verdict, to limit their concerns not just to the events of January 6, when a crowd of Trump supporters looted the U.S. Capitol, but also with a view to securing the future of the US Capitol Act nation.

Apologizing for Mr. Trump’s attack on American democracy would encourage more such attempts from him and other emerging autocrats. The stake couldn’t be higher. A vote for impunity is an act of complicity.

Karen Tumulty / WaPo:

I was skeptical of Democrats pursuing a second impeachment. I was wrong.

It seemed smarter and politically safer to punish Trump in some other way – perhaps with criticism that would only require a majority.

But after seeing what went on in the Senate Chamber – a crime scene – this week, I now realize that I was wrong.

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One of my working theories is that no Republican who was politically prominent during the Trump era is unlikely to be elected President of the United States: https: //t.co/kHImAh71co

– Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 12, 2021

The above reference is to an amazing piece by Tim Alberta / Politico:

Nikki Haley’s time to choose

The beacon of hope of 2024 can’t decide who she wants to be – the leader of a post-Trump GOP or a “friend” of the president who tried to sabotage democracy.

Haley obviously wasn’t ready to have this conversation. Like so many Republicans, she had expected Trump to either end a second term and set a date for the end of his presidency, or lose so unilaterally that his career would be a toast. Instead, he divided the difference and lost less than a percentage point in each of the three crucial states. This led to his delirium. The resulting paralysis was seen throughout the GOP, but Haley was a special case. She knew she couldn’t afford to upset the president. But their rationalizations for his behavior were so strained that they questioned their own judgment. This was a test for Haley, an early opportunity to define yourself on a matter of great national urgency. And she failed.

“There’s nothing you will ever do that would make him feel like he was rightly lost,” said Haley. “He’s got a big bullying pulpit. He should be responsible for it. “

“Is he responsible for it?” I asked.

“He thinks so,” she replied.

Not normal? This from CNN:

New details on Trump-McCarthy’s screaming match show Trump refused to cancel the rioters

In an explosive phone call to House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters were more concerned with the election results than McCarthy.

“Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to lawmakers who were later briefed on the call by McCarthy.

McCarthy insisted the rioters were Trump’s supporters and asked Trump to cancel them.

Trump’s comment sparked what Republican lawmakers familiar with the call called a screaming match between the two men. An angry McCarthy told the president that the rioters were breaking into his office through the windows and asked Trump, “Who the hell do you think you are talking to?” According to a Republican lawmaker familiar with the call.

How about Kevin McCarthy and Tommy Tuberville as witnesses?

Greg Sargent / WaPo:

Lindsey Graham’s Toadyism on Fox News shows where the GOP is going

In one such construction, the Associated Press Reports that the Democrats are fighting to “convince skeptical Republicans” that the former president instigated the attack on the Capitol. In another, a New York Times reporter Expectations Democrats “face a rise to convince Republicans”.

This implies that Republican senators are weighing the evidence against Trump and rejecting it based on fundamental disagreements. But is there any serious reason to believe that the vast majority of GOP senators would?

Sen. Lindsey O. Grahams (RS.C.) newest exercise in Toadying on Fox News should put this idea to rest. It’s worth watching because it has a preview of where most elected Republicans will end up on this whole matter.

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The difference between the videos that played during the process – the property managers playing documentary and the Trump defense team, which essentially played an ad with background music – really sums up the differences in seriousness between the sites

– Kevin Collins (@kwcollins) February 12, 2021

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He may or may not be “ineligible” at this point, but a) that has nothing to do with this process and b) that alone would not prevent the primary electorate from nominating him again.

At this point, you’re just persuading yourself that he’ll find it better to run. https://t.co/9c0XmSyX6M

– Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) February 12, 2021

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