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I have to admit I watched a lot more of the 15 vote antics than I should have. Like watching a fatal crash. Couldn't quite turn away from the carnage. Macabre fascination. But the worst of it, which made me nauseous, was the "spoiled two-year-olds" reaction to the 15th vote: "USA! USA!" as if they were at some high school sporting event; and Kevin showing off his name on the door as if he had earned it -- any more earned it than Trump did the WH, btw -- rather than buying it with his soul and our future. I have truly never seen any deeper lack of self-awareness than in today's GOP!

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What? No more Schlapp puns? Not even "Schlapp and tickle"? Charlie Sykes, you are indeed heartless...

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Warning, bad joke incoming:

What is the difference between Kevin McCarthy and a prostitute?

Prostitutes get paid to get screwed.

No disrespect is intended towards sex industry workers by this comparison to a GoP political figure.

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Pretty sure Kevin is getting paid somehow....

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Or at least thinks he is... we will see what he thinks about it a few years down the road.

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Wow! Seems like Gaetz and Boebert , and the others screwed McCarthy. Open fighting nearly broke out. If he had any shred of pride left, he'd back out and say screw them.

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Jan 7, 2023·edited Jan 7, 2023

I think of the poor losers who attacked the Capitol not only for Trump but at his orders. They deserve punishment, but it should be condign punishment for whatever they did - tresspass, vandalism, brawling with cops, or assault. Their punishment should not be more severe because their cause was so bad and absurd. Trump probably cannot receive condign punishment for things he did that day or after, but he should at a minimum be convicted of one of his crimes, keeping him from ever running for any office in this country. Garland has a job to do, and I hope he does it quickly, assuming the special prosecutor will not be making the big decision alone.

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Correction: the WHOLE Republican House membership were election deniers, either in their overt vocal claims or their silence as Trump and the 20 fought so hard thru known lies to overturn the 2020 election.

And now yet again the WHOLE Republican House couldn’t find any alternative to an election-denying, corrupt, no-vision, weak, follower, sell the building, unintelligent Speaker McCarthy and guarantee complete chaos and menacing revenge on the innocent for the next 2 years - and that includes all those silent voters for R reps they thought were such nice guys but are actually willing participants to the demise of our democracy. Until we get rid of these nice bit moronic reps through all in future elections, this will be the state of our government, if it survives. MSM and Rs treat my Rep, Dave Joyce, as a good moderate guy! I’ll argue he’s just been a SILENT GO-ALONG VOTE-ALONG moron that supported Trump all 5 years and now votes to put inn McCarthy vote after vote. God forbid if he could have worked or led others to come up with a decent alternative. He never would because he hides in his office. What are your reps like?

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I fear you may be right about that. I watched the 6th unfold on television and was horrified. The concern about it being forgotten arises from having seen so many efforts to bury it or simply re-write history.

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Jan 6, 2023·edited Jan 6, 2023

I think that there will a lot of historians and reporters digging into this for a long time. It won't be forgotten. The National Archives just released a trove of records around JFK's assassination.

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It is unconscionable that the Capitol Visitors Center does not address the January 6th Insurrection. How do we go correcting this oversight? Every visitor needs to know what happened if we are to avoid a repeat. We can't let it become just another historical footnote.

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Jan 6, 2023·edited Jan 6, 2023

We as a country are too close to this. A lot of time needs to pass before what happened can be assessed and discussed with no/less vitriol. The Holocaust was not known as the Holocaust until years later. We are still agitating over the Civil War. It may take a generation to pass before this can be addressed more dispassionately.

The Jan 6 commission did a remarkable job and will definitely be a major source once this can be contemplated.

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WHAT?!? No puns? #dickschlapp is sitting *right there*!

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I just love reading Morning Shots each day. I love reading what you write, Charlie. You have a unique voice. And I am consistently shocked that I almost always agree with you. It's things like The Bulwark that make me believe this country can and will be healed. Bi-partisanship is possible, and beautiful; and It makes our lives better.

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Just a note: Ralph Norman represents a district in SOUTH Carolina. N.C. has many nuts but Norman isn’t one of them.

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You're famous now, Charlie. Tucker Carlson attacked you by name on his show last night.

I think you can wear that as a badge of honor.

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I'm just here for the Schlapp puns. Can Tim Miller please report to the service desk?

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Jan 6, 2023·edited Jan 6, 2023

If Matt Schlapp just got outed by a Herschel Walker staffer then the schadenfreude really is endless this week lol

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lol

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My flag is at half mast today. Its a day to reflect and figure out what the hell i’m going to do with all this freaking lettuce.

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So is Matt Schlapp's.

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Your flag and Matt Schlapp.

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Know any rabbits?

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Hey, unhand my bunny!

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Alas, Ralph Norman isn't from North Carolina; he's from my native *South* Carolina (my sister's congressperson, to boot). TBS, he represents the southern Charlotte suburbs.

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Ah, the people who brought us "Secession -- The Event!" I can't tell from here whether the state has progressed or regressed. On the one hand, you gave us Jim Clyburn; on the other hand, I'll bet that Edmund Ruffin knew how to spell "martial law". 🤔

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