Benjy Sarlin

Benjy Sarlin

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Genuinely don’t understand Graham’s last month. Went from very loudly announcing a full break from Trump on the Senate floor to up-is-down defenses within days. Re-election is 2026.

Multiple Democrats are demanding investigations into suspicions — again, not substantiated — that members aided rioters. At least one R voiced similar fears. They’re scared of Q radicalization. And they’re terrified of getting COVID from anti-mask members.

It reminds me of the outreach tale where Rand Paul made an earnest wide-ranging effort to understand black voters post-2012, came back and told the GOP that voter suppression was killing their message, then got zero traction and spent last month talking about stolen elections.

. @SRuhle  asked @RepTimRyan  about my story on D's fearing R's: "I personally don't feel this way, but I know there are a significant number of members who do feel this way which means I need to be should every other member of Congress"

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the pillow guy sure seems like someone to interview under oath in an impeachment proceeding

The self-serving angle from WH sources here is there was a “plausible” elite attempt to overturn the election that was professional, but derailed by Giuliani. Rudy was more embarrassing, but it was a plot to overturn the election from the start, full stop.

Happy MLK Day from the White House

This is why McConnell only has one shot if he wants to do this. The broad conservative media environment is designed to bring wavering disapprovers back through predictable means: Whatabout, pivot to new outrage, antifa false flag, etc.

I'm sad to report my father Bob Sarlin passed away on Tuesday at age 74. He was a great dad who lived an amazing full life as an activist in the 60s, a rock critic, author and music exec in the 70s, a Don Draper-style ad man in the 80s and 90s, and finally an NYC tour guide.


The MI GOP leaders told Trump they desperately need coronavirus relief money and that they’re not going to mess with the election result. Seems like the pretty blunt implication here that the president’s focus on the latter issue is distracting from the former.

NEW: Some Democrats in Congress are worried their colleagues might kill them

I am extremely loathe to publicize his words, but the president’s tweet today and the racist creed the shooter posted overlap to the point that they’re hard to distinguish with the names removed

You know that scene in The Incredibles where Mr. Incredible tells an old lady how he can't possibly help her with her insurance claim and she definitely shouldn't fill out this specific form and take it to this specific office

“The president vetoed away people’s last unemployment check on Christmas week in a pandemic” seems like a bad thing to have to take into two runoff elections, but who knows how politics work now really

Forbes chief content officer @RandallLane : “Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.”

This will be mentioned plenty of times on election night, but the reason you won't have quick counts in key swing states (mainly PA) is that R legislators denied requests to process mail votes early to speed things up on Nov 3. The cause and effect are clear ahead of time.

The emerging argument of "Yes, the president and his allies want to overturn the results of an election and would do so in a heartbeat if at all possible, but it's not like they actually CAN," is not exactly very reassuring for the future of democracy.