Democrats are making a mistake in focusing on January 6th

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats seem to be happy with their completely partisan select committee on January 6. They will kick off their activities at the Capitol this week with speeches from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.


Let me be clear: Those who broke into the Capitol, attacked police, and threatened members of Congress last year should be prosecuted and punished severely. Furthermore, Congress must seriously investigate what happened and how we can prevent it from happening again. But that’s not what’s happening on Capitol Hill this week.

In a world of big government socialist Democrats (that is, almost every elected Democrat in Washington) the last January 6 riot is the best way to discredit Republicans as traitors. Just as Russia’s dossier, Ukraine’s phone calls, and nearly every act of political theater to discredit Republicans fail, this too will soon become an absurdity.


The reasons are simple.

First, Americans are concerned about everyday life. They see Democrats sticking to a closely held partisan discord, not actively solving problems.


Every day when inflation drives up prices, Democrats lose ground with ordinary Americans.

Every school that is closed by teacher unions, despite evidence that distance learning harms children – especially the poor and minorities – also hurts federally owned Democratic candidates.

Every report of people illegally flooding the country without any COVID-19 tests or serious investigations hurts Democrats.


Every day when crime increases, people are murdered, women are raped, carjacking increases manifold and gangs openly steal from shops without any result, it hurts Democrats.

Every trip to the gas station hurts Democrats.

Democrats are to blame when there is no drug available for COVID-19 testing and treatment even after a year of total Democratic control in Washington.


When the number of cargo ships waiting outside Long Beach exceeds 100, and supply chains across the country come to a halt, Democrats are seen as the party of incompetence.

The list goes on and on.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 23: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference at the US Capitol on September 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and moderate and progressive congressional Democrats met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday in an effort to conclude a deal on infrastructure and budget legislation.
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Second, clumsily repeating the events of January 6 is a double-edged sword. Serious unanswered questions about who did and said what could embarrass Democratic allies and make them co-conspirators in accepting the risk at the Capitol.

As a former speaker, I am well aware that it is the speaker’s responsibility to oversee the safety and security of the Capitol. It’s clear that Speaker Pelosi failed to do so—and it’s going to be extremely uncomfortable for Democrats to talk about.

In addition, House Republicans are starting to ask about people like Ray Epps, who was suspected to be the leader of the attack but was never arrested. Some are suggesting that she was an FBI asset (similar to the absurd case of attempted kidnapping of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, which was allegedly perpetrated and plotted by FBI agents). Attorney General Merrick Garland has so far declined to answer Rep. Thomas Massey’s question about FBI assets at the Capitol on January 6.

House Republicans held a telephone press conference outlining unanswered questions—and Democrats’ efforts to block information that was hostile to them. Republican Conference President Alice Stefnik and Reps. Jim Jordan, Rodney Davis and Jim Banks outlined what they were trying to learn — and how they were being stoned by House Democrats and the Biden Justice Department. He also promised to use his majority to get to the bottom of the unanswered questions after the 2022 mid-term elections. You can do this Hear the full press conference here,

In the end, the proceedings of the Select Committee are only becoming more corrupt and destructive. responding to an abusive, painful and unacceptable event (which I strongly condemn) smearing his opponents instead of finding the truth will eventually be turned down by the American people.

The best explanation of this deliberate smear campaign is new book January 6 by Julie Kelly, The book is a case of intense research into what happened on January 6th and what Democrats have done to discredit Republicans and conservatives since then. Kelly clarifies that the truth has damaged the political theater of the Democrats.

For all these reasons, January 6 is going to be a disaster rather than an asset to the Democrats. This will cause them to lose even more seats in November.

The Democrats do not seem to be breaking their commitment to big government socialism, awakening, cronyism and corruption. Occupying their mind on January 6th makes them feel more secure, even if the influence doesn’t help them.

I am reminded of the great political scientist Samuel Lubell. He had a keen sense that he didn’t understand most of America, and he was passionate about what Americans taught him. So Lubell knocked on the doors and interviewed voters. As a result, he was one of the first to predict the rise of the Republican Party, which was then in the solid Democratic South.

In my career, I have never forgotten the lesson Lubell learned at a 1952 election night party in New York City. It was a gathering of intellectuals. When Lubell surveyed the room, he realized that no one had voted for General Dwight Eisenhower to be president. They were all liberal academics and instead identified Democratic candidate Gov. Adlai Stevenson as one of their own.

Lubell felt that Eisenhower had won in a landslide (ending the Democratic Party’s 20-year control of the White House) and yet none of his fellow intellectuals voted for the winner. Worse, he had contempt for Eisenhower as “a golfing general”. Certainly, Eisenhower led the Allied forces in defeating Italy and Germany, but he was not his kind of intellectual.

Lubell realized that cleverness and narcissism may not be sound tools for understanding politics in America. But listening to the real problems and real hopes of the American public will force Democrats to change.

Focusing on the January 6 attack allows House Democrats to reconsider their position, focus on real problems, or avoid revising their ideological fundamentalism.

Americans will see right through the charioteer.

For more of Newt’s comments, see Gingrich360.com,

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