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Chuck Todd gets excited about GOP 'shellacking' Dems in the midterms: 'It's going to be a lot of fun'
MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Tuesday predicted that Democrats could get a "shellacking" from Republicans in the midterms and predicted that the battle will be "a lot of fun to watch."
At the opening of his Meet the Press Daily program, Todd reviewed metrics that do not bode well for Democrats who want to keep control of Congress.
Todd made the remarks as he stood in front of a meter that gauged the chances of a Democratically-control congress. Demarkations on the meter spanned from "shellacking" to "exceptional."
"Those are the three numbers and right now, two of the three that we track are sitting there in shellacking territory," Todd said.
He added: "So it will be a lot of fun as we track throughout the year."
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) was blasted by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate opened debate on Democrats' voter protection bills.
Sinema claims she supports the bills but has said she will not vote to modify the filibuster rules so all the bills can be considered.
"By choosing the filibuster over democracy, Kyrsten Sinema is siding with the Republicans who have been pushing Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen in order to make it harder to vote," Reich posted to Twitter.
"Make no mistake: This is her legacy," he concluded.
Reich is not the only one harshly criticizing the Arizona senator.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Stephen Colbert said, “Stop acting like the filibuster is anything other than an anti-democratic tool – which is also a pretty good description of Kyrsten Sinema.”
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Democrats are getting scared after Republicans threaten to investigate them if they subpoena GOP members
The Guardian reported Tuesday morning that some Democrats are starting to get scared after Republicans threatened they'd investigate Dems if the Jan. 6 committee subpoenas GOP members of Congress.
"Republicans in Congress have openly floated the prospect in recent days of launching political investigations into the Biden administration’s coronavirus response, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the personal life of Biden’s son Hunter, as well as an impeachment inquiry," said The Guardian.
"In response, some members and investigators on the select committee have quietly raised the possibility that if the panel declines to subpoena Republicans now, then a Republican majority might not subpoena Democrats in the future," the report continued, citing sources.
It isn't the first time that Republicans have promised Democrats something only to play the Lucy to Dems' Charlie Brown and pull the football out at the last moment. They've promised balanced budgets, they've promised to end deficit spending, Republicans have even promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, only to the promises to be broken. Long after "read my lips, no new taxes," former President Donald Trump was the king of broken promises.
But this threat from the GOP isn't a new one, nor is it a legitimate threat as Republicans have been promising to investigate Democrats since President Joe Biden was elected. On his first day in office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said she'd file articles of impeachment.
When Democrats called Steve Bannon and he refused to appear, trying to claim executive privilege despite not working in the White House at the time of the documents in question, Republicans issued threats.
"Now that Democrats have started these politically-motivated indictments for Contempt of Congress, I look forward to seeing their reactions when we keep that same energy as we take back the House next year!" Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) even went so far as to claim that the Biden administration has "weaponized the DOJ," specifically citing the "Russia Hoax," which was a probe under the Trump administration. In fact, the investigation was done by a Republican, appointed by a Republican attorney general, who was appointed by Donald Trump.
At the same time, the implication that Republicans didn't do their own politically motivated attacks ignores Trump trying to get the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Republicans in Congress even went so far as to hold 10 investigations on Clinton and Benghazi. They held 33 hearings, including one in which Clinton answered questions for 11 hours straight.
Now-Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confessed that the non-stop attack on Clinton was just about their efforts to bring down Clinton.
"What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win," he said in an interview with Fox host Sean Hannity. And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping."
Just before Thanksgiving last year, McCarthy promised that their single biggest priority will be retaliation against Democrats because they complained about the assassination video that Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) posted to Twitter.
Rep. Jim Joran (R-OH) made his own threat to subpoena top Biden officials because the Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Bannon. The grand jury in the case agreed that Bannon should be indicted for contempt of Congress.
Joe Biden has evicerated Executive Privilege. \n\nThere are a lot of Republicans eager to hear testimony from Ron Klain and Jake Sullivan when we take back the House.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Rep. Jim Jordan) 1636753181
Democrats have fought turning the filibuster into a talking filibuster or deploying the so-called nuclear option and eliminating it entirely. However, Mitch McConnell made it clear he's interested in it, already killing the filibuster for judges. He has also eagerly threatened a “scorched-earth” approach whenever he wants.
“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin—can even begin to imagine—what a completely scorched earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said in a Senate speech.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) similarly threatened Democrats, saying, "When we win back the majority next year, we have a duty as Republicans to hold every member of this committee accountable for this abuse of power, for stepping over the line, by preventing them from being in positions of authority." He explained he meant it would be to "take them off any committee, get them as far away from positions of power as you can because they’ve shown us that by threatening to do this that they abuse their power, wherever they are."
Still, according to The Guardian, some Democrats are genuflecting instead of standing strong and unified against corruption.
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