As I mentioned in the previous item, one Arkansas politician aced the citizenship test Wednesday as pro-Trumpers rioted in the Capitol to derail Joe Biden’s victory. That was Sen. Jim Hendren, who might be a Republican candidate for governor in 2022 and, based on yesterday, is the best contender so far.

He was on fire on Twitter yesterday. He condemned Donald Trump; condemned his congressional enablers; condemned rioters and, by implication, condemned Arkansas politicians who mostly restricted remarks to condemnation of violence and quietly, but far from passionately, allowed the Electoral College vote to stand. Those he condemned include, by implication, the 34 Arkansas legislators who’ve signed onto a conspiracy-theory inspired resolution questioning t the election.

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Two potential gubernatorial candidates, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stood mute on the day of infamy. They didn’t even issue statements condemning the mob. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, condemned violence and, when pressed by a Democrat-Gazette reporter, said he would accept the Electoral College vote. Griffin clearly was triangulating so as not to provoke the Trump base. Rutledge and Sanders apparently hope this national disaster will just fade from memory. They must hope people will forget the cause of the riot, the man they have lied for. They dared not speak ill yesterday of Trump or his supporters.

But Hendren? He’s willing to take that risk. Samples:

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Can Hendren win a Republican primary against the demagogues who’ve lined up to run? I fear not. Hendren is exactly the sort of candidate who would have benefitted from the open primary constitutional amendment killed by the Republican-friendly Arkansas Supreme Court on a ridiculous technicality. I’d be seriously looking at casting a Republican vote in such a circumstance.

PS: He’s not just right about Trump. Take the pandemic, too: