Do not mistake Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s surrender of the January 6 videotapes to Tucker Carlson for a one-off, quid pro quo arrangement aimed at securing the speakership. As Hal Holbrook says in All The President’s Men, if you do, you’ll be missing the over-all. We are in the middle of the beginning of a two-year conservative campaign to convince the public that we didn’t see what we clearly saw on January 6, 2021, and that we don’t know what we learned last year from the House select committee’s work on the insurrection. We are going to be asked, regularly, to believe them instead of our own lying eyes.

How do I know this? Because the offensive isn’t limited to McCarthy’s insipid capitulation to the Angry Children’s Caucus.

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire Politics