For most of President Joe Biden’s time in office, the Democrats’ political arguments have revolved largely around two things: the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol and “white supremacy.”
Now after two recent mass shootings, we can toss gun control into the mix.
But it seems Jan. 6 is losing its mojo as a liberal talking point – even as the special House committee formed to investigate the violence has hired a former ABC News executive, as Breitbart News put it Monday, “to host what they hope will be made-for-primetime TV hearings to convince Americans that Donald Trump attempted an insurrection.”
Newsmax reported on Monday that the “percentage of those who believe that former President Donald Trump was responsible for the Capitol riot has fallen to a minority of the public after more than half held that he was responsible immediately following the events of Jan. 6.”
According to a new NBC News poll, 45 percent said Trump was “solely” or “mainly” responsible for his followers bum-rushing the Capitol. That’s down seven points from a year ago.
Meanwhile, 55 percent declared that Trump was “only somewhat responsible” or “not really responsible.” That was up eight points from a year ago.
But a series of tweets on Monday by Bloomberg News indicated that the hearings may not deliver the oomph Democrats are hoping for.
“Voters aren’t punishing GOP candidates over Jan. 6 Capitol attack — they’re backing them,” Bloomberg observed.
“The deadly assault on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, shocked viewers around the world. But the short-lived horror wasn’t enough to shake political divisions — in fact, some [Republican] candidates who disputed the election outcome are winning in landslides.”
“The fact that it wasn’t a game-changing moment is pretty remarkable,” Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University presidential historian, told Bloomberg. “It’s historically pretty hard to believe.”
Bloomberg seemed shocked – shocked! – that voters are actually more concerned about runaway inflation, skyrocketing gas prices, Biden’s general ineptitude, and other concerns.
“I really think politically it’s a dead issue for most voters,” Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Pennsylvania Republican, told Bloomberg. “There’s immediate problems they’re facing. Kitchen table issues. And that’s what I’m picking up when I’m back in the district.”
“Literally no one is talking to me about Jan. 6.”
That won’t stop Democrats from talking about it, especially on Thursday, when the televised hearings are going to begin. But will anyone expect their own chorus to listen?