Daily Bread for 5.19.22: WISGOP Is All Big Lie, All the Time

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 82.  Sunrise is 5:27 AM and sunset 8:15 PM for 14h 48m 19s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 84.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Common Council meets at 5:30 PM.

On this day in 1780, New England’s Dark Day, an unusual darkening of the day sky, was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada:

In Connecticut, a member of the Governor’s council (renamed the Connecticut State Senate in 1818), Abraham Davenport, became most famous for his response to his colleagues’ fears that it was the Day of Judgment:

I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.

A political party that believes it has a destiny to rule (whether by divine mandate or a supposed secular entitlement like race, ethnicity, etc.) will not accept electoral defeat within a liberal democratic order. All losses, therefore, must be illegitimate, the result of some nefarious scheme that enemies of the party must have imposed. In this outlook, victory confirms integrity but defeat confirms only perfidy.

And so, and so, a question… Republicans head into their state party convention still consumed with the 2020 election. Will that play in November? is easy to answer:

MADISON – It’s been a year since Republican legislative leaders in Wisconsin took a step they thought would put to rest former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in this battleground state and allow the party to move on from 2020. 

It didn’t work. 

Wisconsin Republicans head into their state party convention this weekend a year after the last gathering where Trump’s pressure pushed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to name former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to coordinate a probe to be conducted by former police detectives into the 2020 election. At the time, it was set to last just a few

But Gableman’s taxpayer-funded review continues despite not having found evidence of widespread fraud, and a member of Vos’ own caucus launched a campaign for governor falsely arguing the 2020 election could be decertified.

Nothing about the WISGOP’s position on the Big Lie involves how that conspiracy theory will play in November. It doesn’t matter to them; it matters only that they hold to the claim as a core belief of the party. By their reckoning, they must have been cheated — it could not have been otherwise.

Practicality is yesterday’s concern. Adherence is today’s imperative.

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