The usual suspects have, once again, cobbled together a show trial for Donald Trump in hopes of finally ousting him as the main competitor to their self-proclaimed monopoly on authority and public opinion. Nothing new, of course: this has been the aim of the ruling class, left and right, for the past few years. But now that Trump’s term has drawn to a close, his enemies have begun to focus their fire more keenly on the (alarmingly few) senators who seem poised to lead the conservative populist movement in the future. Chief among their targets are Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whom they now proclaim “guilty” for objecting to the counting of electoral votes from certain states.
Hawley and Cruz led a number of senators in these objections, knowing they were likely to be overwhelmed, but nevertheless hoping to finally force a Senate debate on the new voting systems imposed by fiat amidst the 2020 election. By doing so, they acted in perfect accordance with the supposed purpose of a senator: to represent the political concerns of their constituents and raise their serious questions in what ought to be the most revered forum for dispassionate political debate. Their objections forced other senators to clarify their positions to constituents, and pressured them to perhaps support alternative solutions to the problem. Importantly, they also forced the Senate to directly address the doubts of a sizable portion of the country regarding the legality, wisdom, and fairness of this new election regime.