Is it really still Wednesday? This week is eternal. Anyway, it looks like we could use a new thread, and here’s an illustration for it courtesy of valued commenter Steeplejack in the thread downstairs:
I’m no Sauron fan, but here’s why forming a fellowship to raid Mount Doom and destroy the One Ring is going to enrage his base
— Jokin Rokin Rokin Tolkien 🗡️🏹🪓 (@joshcarlosjosh) August 9, 2022
The Jokin Tolkien tweeter may have been referring to Andrew Yang’s much-ratioed hot take on the Disgraceland raid. Or maybe it was one of the many pundits who also expressed alarm at how MAGA dopes will react now that that rarest of guests has stepped through the gate at a Trump property: accountability.
Here’s a take in that vein from Tim Alberta at The Atlantic, who is alarmed at where all this may lead, specifically, to Civil War 2.0:
We don’t know exactly what the FBI was looking for at Mar-a-Lago. We don’t know what was found. What we must acknowledge—even those of us who believe Trump has committed crimes, in some cases brazenly so, and deserves full prosecution under the law—is that bringing him to justice could have some awful consequences.
Is that justice worth the associated risks? Yesterday, the nation’s top law-enforcement officers decided it was. We can only hope they were correct.
I’ve always been more of a “let justice be done though the heavens fall” kinda gal, so I can’t really relate to this kind of fretting, though I don’t think it’s unwarranted or improper to speculate about it. It’s an important question.
But the way I look at it, if a third or so of our fellow citizens are truly ready to go to war unless their political idols can commit crimes with impunity, maybe it’s best to hash it out before the anti-democracy party has another crack at executive and legislative power at the federal level.