Welcome Home, Anti-Trumpers?

But are you really, truly, home? Or is this just the line?

Leading The Bulwark…

In Praise of Those Who Resist Temptation

DAVID HOLT: The job of elected officials is to tell people the truth. Even when they want to hear lies.

🎧 On the Pods… 🎧

Quinta Jurecic on What Happens on January 6th

On today’s Bulwark Podcast, Quinta Jurecic from Lawfarejoins Charlie Sykes to talk about the Trump/Raffensperger tape, the GOP’s response, and whether Trump considering a self-pardon is a way of daring the Biden administration and others to charge him with crimes.

Farewell to all that…

A.B. Stoddard joins the group on New Year's Eve to discuss the lows (many) and highs (there were some) of 2020.

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JVL deconstructs the the "calm down" conservatives.

SECRET PODCAST: Another Perfect Call

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . .

MORNING SHOTS: What We Learned From The Trump Tape

“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

From The Bulwark Aggregator…

In Today’s Bulwark….

MAGA Nihilism Is on the Ballot in Georgia

TIM MILLER: We believe in nothing . . . except God-King Trump.

The Wall Street Journal Epitomizes the Failure of Elite Conservatism

MONA CHAREN: Once the paper of record for conservative opinion-makers, the Journal’s editorial page has betrayed its readers.

The Bravery of William Winter

STUART STEVENS remembers the Mississippi governor who changed his life.

Biden’s DOJ Must Investigate Trump’s Relationship to Russia

RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON: The pardons of Manafort, Stone, and Flynn fit into a long pattern of abuse and obstruction regarding Trump’s Russia connections.

It’s Time to Speak for America

WILLIAM KRISTOL: The Republican party and the conservative movement must now choose: Trump or America.

McConnell’s ‘Conscience’ Crisis

AMANDA CARPENTER: He stood by as Team Trump tried to overturn the election. Even now he refuses to smack down the Big Lie.

Tim’s 10 (Or So!) Favorite Albums of 2020

TIM MILLER: From Dua to Phoebe, our weird year in music.

Crimes, Crises, and Coup

BRIAN KAREM: The longing to belong that has led Trump’s supporters to forgive his failings and embrace his misdeeds.

Josh Hawley Is Madison Cawthorn Is Marjorie Taylor Greene

AMANDA CARPENTER: There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the “crazies” and the Very Serious People in the GOP.


Welcome to 2021… Are you feeling saner yet? I thought not. I hope you had a good holiday period. Two negative COVID tests meant I was able to see my family, and it was nice to host them for part of Christmas.

We can rebuild him… But then, what I can only assume is stress compounded by the Bad Orange Man caught up with me. A late night Charlie Horse I have just gotten over. But on Friday, waking up to a missing filling on a chipped front tooth that required an emergency dental visit just today. So today’s Overtime might be a little shorter as I try and get the smell of plastics out of my mouth and nose, reminding of the one summer I spent as an injection molder. Like the six million dollar man, they can rebuild me. We have the technology. Plastics make the world possible, etc.

While I’m glad to see… All of these fence sitters and “we like the judges/tax cuts” types finally realize that Trump has found a line he could cross that would make them concerned… I wonder, what are they going to next? We’ve all seen this story before. Remember when Susan Collins thought Trump had learned ‘a pretty big lesson’? Acta non verba.

Green shoots… At least sports wise. My Ohio State Buckeyes are going to the CFB championship. Unlike my Cleveland Browns, who made the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, and the second time in their new history, I am optimistic about the Buckeyes. But not the Browns.

My dog, Gus, is actually named Angus Buckeye Swift.

He’s from Canton, Ohio, home of the Hall of Fame. But my wife wouldn’t let me name him after one of my favorite Browns players, Phil Dawson.

A prank?

Imagine if the intern didn’t think it was a prank, and the first of 18 calls got through. Would there have been a recording?

My God, What Have We Done? Friend and former colleague Chris Deaton was reminded of this TWS story he wrote today, apropos of nothing… Here’s Marco Rubio in 2016:

There is going to be a reckoning here. I don't know if it's going to happen before this election or after this election, but there's going to come a moment where people in the conservative movement who are supporting Donald Trump are going to stop and say, My God, what have we done? What have we done? There's going to be prominent people out there that are going to spend a significant amount of time over the next few years explaining away how they fell into this over the last few months. Because Donald Trump, by no standard, is he a conservative. By no other measure can you argue that he is a serious presidential candidate. This is a man who has refused to offer a serious solution on any major issue, and to the extent he has, it's crazy policies that would harm the country.

Better batten down the hatches, Sen. Rubio.


Analyzing Trump’s Temporary Restraining Order request…

Do read the whole thread.

That’s it for me for today. We’ll be back tomorrow, and we’ll also have a livestream later this week, so stay tuned.

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