January was an intense month in the ongoing voting wars between the two major parties. Even the most eager observer of election politics likely was exhausted by it all.
The frenzy began with various media remembrances of the Jan. 6, 2020 riot in the Capitol that delayed the presidential transition. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEnvironmental group says ‘time is up’ for Democrats to act on climate change The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Anticipating an invasion of Ukraine ‘any day’ Manchin: Social spending bill elements must go through committee process MORE (D-Calif.) ensured nearly all members of the GOP stayed very far away from the ceremony by making it a liberal spectacle complete with members of the musical Hamilton singing “Dear Theodosia.”
Then came reports that the House’s January 6th committee was demanding information and answers from Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump, DeSantis tensions shadow this year’s CPAC Supreme Court should look more like America, or so Republicans once thought These people have been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 panel MORE, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and various politicos in seven Biden-winning states who sent alternate, pro-Trump electoral slates. News also broke on Democratic and Republican gerrymandering in multiple states, a GOP lawsuit to strike down a vote-by-mail law in Pennsylvania and stop-the-steal endorsers running for state election administrator positions.
Were that not enough, the Senate convened on elections reform legislation. Over two days, with plenty of intermissions, one Democrat after another stood up, bemoaned the impending death of democracy, and insisted that saving it necessitated enacting a 700-page bill that few in the chamber had read. The Republicans who bothered to speak rolled their eyes and asked why nothing in the bill addressed the Electoral Count Act, whose vague provisions opened the door to the mayhem on Jan. 6. They also tweaked President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News host Brian Kilmeade hits Trump on Arizona election claim: ‘That’s an outright lie’ Putin says proposals made in Macron talks are possible as ‘basis’ for further steps Biden to appoint son of late Sen. John McCain to Naval Academy board MORE and Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSenators in both parties discuss small rules changes for future Environmental group …….