A large majority of Republicans across the ideological spectrum have expressed shock at the assault on the Capitol. They are not going to defend rioters and hooligans. But in a couple of weeks, their attention — and the nation’s — will turn to the Biden legislative agenda.
Ties that bind
At that point, the focus will return to the policy differences that divide Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives.
Remember, only hours after domestic terrorists defiled the Capitol, 138 House Republicans and seven Republican senators sought to decertify Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, establishing themselves as radicals who cared more about winning than about the democratic process.
While Romney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger remain Republicans, they do not reflect the general approach and tone of the national party. The GOP is the party of extremist lunatics — of Alabama’s Mo Brooks and Barry Moore, Florida’s Matt Gaetz, Texas’ Louie Gohmert, Arizona’s Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene and, yes, the Trump family.
Even Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a veteran institutionalist who certainly knew better, joined the ranks of those who wanted to decertify Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.