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A coup and a scam

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Excellent thread here (h/t commenter littlegreen) from Jared Yates Sexton:

Read the whole thing (We used to say that about 10,000-word New Yorker pieces, now we say it about Twitter threads.)

Sexton’s most disturbing point, which I think is correct, is that establishment Republicans probably don’t think the coup will work, but they are 100% OK with it if it does.

Sexton’s conclusion that this is because they’re only about power in the end — a sort of O’Brien in Nineteen Eighty-Four argument — is incomplete I think. They’re about power of course, but they also are about herrenvolk democracy, and they sincerely, to the extent that word can be applied to people like this, believe that Democrats have no legitimate claim to govern, because the Democrats win elections by getting the wrong people to vote for them, as opposed to the real Americans.

Of course they don’t say this, even to themselves (usually), but that’s the one true faith lurking at the bottom of the moral cesspools that pass for their souls.

We’re in trouble.

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