• Nathan Max

Wilson to Dems: 'Stop Fucking Around'


Rick Wilson

Editor’s Note: Rick Wilson is a Republican political strategist and commentator. He is one of the co-founders of the Lincoln Project, and he served as field director for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign. On Tuesday, Wilson unleashed an epic 12-tweet thread in which strongly urged Democrats to get on with a Jan. 6 Commission. MaxNewsToday has compiled his tweetstorm and published it in an easy-to-read editorial format. It has been edited for clarity. Of course, Qevin McCarthy opposes a bipartisan January 6th Commission. If the Democrats have the stones to pull it off -- an open question, to be honest -- it will make Benghazi look like a sewing circle. They can't possibly look inside the reality of that day and maintain the Big Lie. They can't admit to the clear causality of Donald Trump unleashing his mob. It opens them to personal, moral and political liability for that day. More important in their minds is something darker. They see the majority in their grasp, and just as they did in the states this year, they'll strike quickly, mercilessly and without a moment of hesitation or a scintilla of shame to make the next election the last. For them, the problem wasn't an attack on our republic and a democratic election. For Kevin and Company, the problem was that it didn't work the first time. They need the shock and awe, the spectacle, the Trumphadi terror threat out there. This zero-sum game of power/not-power is what the Democrats never, ever, ever grasp. This year in the states, the GOP -- directed and assisted by Heritage Action -- has passed sweeping voter restrictions. Democrats couldn't mount a response. They played defense. Even now, too many think policy will save them. "But our climate plan" or "but our control gun plan" or "but our daycare plan" isn't politics. It's masturbation. The bad guys are willing to send people to kill you, and you respond with a white paper? Get the fuck out. This is why the Democrats should stop negotiation over a January 6th Commission and just freaking DO it. Do you think some kind of bipartisan comity and goodwill will be lost somehow? THEY SENT PEOPLE TO KILL YOU. Get a goddamned grip. Play offense. Drag them. Here's what you don't get. The Trump GOP as comprised today isn't stupid. It's evil. They're smart. They'll play to your goodwill and instinct for a bipartisan veneer on the Jan 6th issue. They're conning you. Stop fucking around. Announce the panel. START. Don't delay. Time is fleeting, and 2022 is roaring into position. You need to nationalize the election over, you know, the little things like whether it's okay to send a violent, armed mob to the Capitol to overthrow an election. Washington is a city desperate for an illusion of normalcy and old-school transactional politics. The 2022 election will be defined by someone, very soon. If you want it to be about Antifaaaaaaaaaaaaa and Black Lives Matter and imaginary conspiracy horseshit, keep on delaying. But when Speaker Marjorie Taylor Greene takes office, let me know how that bipartisan circle jerk worked out for you. Done.