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In the Task of Saving Democracy, Sane Republicans Are Indispensable

Steve Chapman on

Now is a terrible time for sane, sensible Republicans. It's not bad enough that in 2020, Americans installed Joe Biden in the presidency with a Democratic Congress. Worse is that their fellow Republicans have become a dire threat to common sense, mature governance and constitutional democracy.

The Jan. 6 committee hearings have made it plain that the critical divide in this country is not between Republicans and Democrats. It's between Republicans and Republicans.

On one side, you have Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, 147 members of Congress who voted against certifying the election results, and countless state and local officeholders and party activists who claim the election was stolen.

On the other side, you have a group of GOP legislators, lawyers and election officials who stoutly resisted Trump's heinous attempt to override the will of the voters -- and who just managed to avert that catastrophe.

In the latter group is Rusty Bowers, speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, who testified Tuesday that Trump and Giuliani repeatedly badgered him to deliver the state's electoral votes to Trump -- even though Biden outpolled Trump.

Bowers pressed them for proof of vote fraud but never got it. "We've got lots of theories," Giuliani finally told him, "we just don't have the evidence." To comply with Trump's demand, Bowers said, would have meant violating his oath of office and his Christian faith.

 

He was one of many witnesses who have a long association with the GOP. The most damning testimony against Trump has come from people who were on his side -- including former Attorney General William Barr and campaign manager Bill Stepien.

Joining the procession Tuesday were Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, and Gabriel Sterling, a veteran GOP operative who is chief operating officer for the Georgia secretary of state. For their trouble, Bowers was smeared by Trump followers as a pedophile and Raffensperger and Sterling were barraged with death threats.

Note: These are not Marxists, leftists, antifa radicals or members of the woke mob. These are people who were, and are, loyal, conservative Republicans. They have no reason to part ways with a Republican president -- no reason, that is, except his corrupt efforts to stay in office after losing an election.

Believing that there was massive fraud on behalf of Biden means believing that every one of the 60-plus court decisions rejecting Trump's claims was wrong -- including those issued by judges who owed their appointments to Trump.

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