It’s trite to say that the Republican Party has sunken to a new low, but with today’s vote to block a January 6th Commission, they proved once again that there is no bottom to their drive for power. Republican leaders haven’t even been shy about admitting the naked political ploy behind their vote: an irrational hope that America will forget what happened that day in time for their re-election campaigns.
But there is no moving on from an attempt to overthrow the government coordinated by the former president and fomented by many Republicans in Congress. There is no path forward that does not first go through a Republican reconciliation with the truth. The longer Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy delay that reckoning, the more power they cede to extremists elements and the longer the pall of Trumpism will define and drag down the party.
Renewal begins by seeking and acknowledging the truth. The Republicans who have defied party leadership to support bipartisan inquiry are doing just that. Principled Republicans, independents, and Democrats must join together to recenter our nation on our core principles and strengthen the institutions and guardrails which buttress our Republic.