Ron DeSantis Wants Special Police Force For Elections, Which Sounds Perfectly Fine, Sure

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis said in his "state of the state" speech last week that Florida needs an entirely new police agency to combat election crimes, even though Florida doesn't have any election fraud to speak of. Nonetheless, DeSantis requested that the state legislature spend roughly $6 million to set up a brand new "Office of Election Crimes and Security" and hire 52 people to staff it, so they can “investigate, detect, apprehend, and arrest anyone for an alleged violation” of Florida election laws. The Vote Cops would be stationed at as-yet unspecified "field offices throughout the state," so they could roll into action when they get tips from "government officials or any other person.”

As of yet, no word on whether the Electoral SWAT Team will be equipped for high-speed pursuit or allowed to shoot to kill. (Haha, we are joking. It's Florida, so who knows!)

The Washington Post reports that so far at least, Florida Republicans have "reacted tepidly" to the proposal, so that's nice. Then again, all it would take for the idea to really have massive popular support would be for Donald Trump to mention it on Fox News.

Again, Florida doesn't have any serious issues with voter fraud, except perhaps for those three retired folks from the Villages, all Republicans, who were charged in December with voting in both Florida and by absentee ballot in other states in 2020. If the state had dedicated $2 million and 17 election cops to each of those miscreants, they might have been caught earlier.

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The Federalist Knows Who's Just Like MLK, And It Is Trump And The Insurrectionists

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we all know what that means: Republicans completely misrepresenting everything the man ever did and said in a desperate attempt to align themselves with him and, by extension, goodness in general.

Traditionally this is done via the repetition of the one and only thing he was ever known to say about racism, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." In Republicans' practice, this usually is taken to refer to white people's character, vis-à-vis the ways in which they benefit from white privilege. They used to do it by trying to claim he was a Republican, but it seems like they've given up on that in recent years.

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Marsha Blackburn: WHAR FOOD IN GROCERY STORE?

GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn, who’s about as smart as a bag of hair, turned up on Maria Bartiromo’s show Sunday to count all the ways President Joe Biden sucks. She claimed he’s already become a lame duck, pummeled mercilessly by the Supreme Court, the Republican Party and its interns, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. If that’s true, Republicans should just chill on a beach somewhere and let Biden continue walking into rakes until the midterms. However, Blackburn also believes all good Americans must ACT NOW to stop Biden’s feckless reign of terror.

We should note that during the leadup to the 2018 midterms, Democrats focused specifically on how effectively awful Donald Trump’s first year in office was. That seemed like a more consistent message, but Republicans are obsessed with painting Biden as Jimmy Carter 2.0.

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Remembering The Dr. King Conservatives Find So Damn Inconvenient

If Republicans were capable of shame and intellectual consistency, Martin Luther King Day would prove uncomfortable for them. After all, they insist America’s founding was not rooted in white supremacy, and that the nation itself was never actively, aggressively racist. If that’s true, why do we need to celebrate Dr. King as a transformative figure?

Conservatives' favorite MLK quote — possibly the only one they know — is “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The key words here that conservatives ignore is one day, meaning it hadn’t happened yet. If America was already a post-racial utopia, Dr. King would've just been a guy who gave speeches. We might as well have a national holiday for the Four Tops.

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But let’s not waste time today dragging hypocritical statements from Republicans who’ll take a break from suppressing the Black vote to claim that if Dr. King were alive today, he’d resent almost everyone who’s Black and presumably host one of the Fox News prime time hours.

Instead, let’s appreciate Dr. King’s own words, which are more prescient than ever.

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National Politics

LIVE: Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress About Voter Suppression, In Case They Hadn't Heard

We'd ask Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin if they're listening, but it doesn't matter anymore.

The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is hosting civil rights leaders this morning to discuss voter suppression. It's even more important after what Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema helped their Republican friends do to American democracy last night.

Here, watch a hearing:

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State/Local Politics

David Perdue Would Also Too Like Some Election Cops For Georgia

Gonna snort that Big Lie until the day they die.

Loser former GOP senator David Perdue is just hellbent on beclowning himself as much as possible in his effort to primary Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp, as punishment for Kemp's insufficient and inconsistent tongue-bathing of Donald Trump's armpits. Are Georgians clamoring for Perdue? Haha no. We cannot think of one person in the state of Georgia who is clamoring for this old crusty idiot who lost his Senate race to the dashing Jon Ossoff.

Of course, this is mostly about Trump's Big Lie, and because Perdue isn't necessarily known for having original thoughts, he's copy/pasting the thing Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in his state of the state speech last week, about his desire to create an election police force of election cops, to cop feels all over elections:

Oh for fucks sake.

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Elections

GOP NH Gov. Chris Sununu Not Interested In Going To Senate To Do Nothing For Two Years

Obstruction doesn’t seem like a lot of fun.

Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan’s seat looked at great risk for a while, as she was consistently polling below Republican Governor Chris Sununu. The seat seemed like Sununu’s if he wanted it, but fortunately, he doesn’t want it. He announced last November that he’s seeking another term as governor instead, where he’ll continue posing as a pro-choice moderate.

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This was good news for Democrats, and it turns out Sununu resisted Senate recruitment efforts because he, quite frankly, doesn’t want to play a featured role in the GOP obstructionist shitshow. He hammered this point in a recent interview with the Washington Examiner.

Sununu said he was “pretty close” to running but then he talked to some Republican senators about what exactly it is they do there. Their responses were depressingly nihilistic, yet obvious to any of us who’ve paid attention during Mitch McConnell’s reign of terror.

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