It is time for Democrats to wave the bloody shirt regarding January 6th. For three key reasons.
First, so much more information is coming out that makes the attempted Trump coup look more and more sinister, including multiple sources who now verify that Trump was ready to March into the Capitol building himself and that he was callously indifferent to the possibility of Vice President Pence getting killed by his own supporters. The risk to Pence and many members of Congress was quite real, and let us also not forget that six Americans died that day. Just as late 19th century Republicans held a stranglehold on the presidency by “waving the bloody shirt” and reminding union veterans of the Civil War which party sided with the last major insurrection, so should our party regarding the more recent one.
Second, to paraphrase an old adman adage, when you can’t change the facts, change the conversation. We are being buried by inflation and our geriatric majority leadership failing to get anything done. It’s unlikely those things can change between now and November, but we can remind voters why they rejected Trump and why his election and reality denying acolytes run our opponents party.
Third, this strategy should work. Even in swing districts. Maybe especially in swing districts. Rep. Calvert (R-CA) is a corrupt Republican hack who runs under the radar since he is not a bomb throwing like MTG. Yet despite representing an R+1 where Democrats and independents actually outnumber Republicans, he voted lockstep with the Trump agenda including denying the legitimacy of Biden’s win. Fortunately he’s running against a former federal prosecutor waving the bloody shirt of Jan 6!