Careful, Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore.
We’re in a land where nothing is as it seems. Where the truth is never real, and the real is never true.
Welcome to the land of Republican Senators. Or, as they are often described by journalists and observers—and will be remembered by future historians—“Cowards, Sycophants and Accomplices.”
Yes, in this land, you do not need to be true to your vows, or vote by the light of your conscience, or speak the truth about what you see with your own eyes, or act in a way that will make your children proud.
In this land, the thing of most importance is to remain true to Donald J. Trump, no matter how dastardly his deeds, no matter how violently he desecrates the Constitution, even if his most damning behavior cries out for condemnation and abhorrence.
In this land an attempted coup is of no great constitutional importance, nor is the death of six individuals whose lives were lost to the lies and lust of a man who would not relinquish the power bestowed upon him by the electorate and taken away by that same sovereign body.
In this land, political power is supreme, so unstoppable in its sweep that time and again it upends reality and turns common sense on its head. When that happens, lies light the fires that lead the way in the dark.
A year ago, those lies allowed Donald J. Trump to escape conviction for his crimes in the first impeachment trial. An escape that led as surely to this second impeachable offense as night follows day. Thus the 52 senators who voted to acquit Donald J. Trump a year ago are not only his jurors today, but his accomplices in all subsequent crimes since his acquittal.
Cowards, Sycophants and Accomplices.