Friday, December 11, 2020

Election 2020: By Any Means Necessary

According to The Center Square we're now up to 18 states join Texas lawsuit challenging four states’ election results, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia. Only 19 out of 57 states object to open fraud? That's sad. Margot Cleveland at Da Fed has 6 Things To Know About Texas’s Supreme Court Petition Over 2020’s Messed-Up Election and from Jack Philips at ET, Pennsylvania House Leaders File Brief to Support Texas in Supreme Court Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania. IMHO They're the ones with the most standing; they're constituents were directly disenfranchised by Pennsylvania ignoring it's own election law. Alsofrom Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media,  "The Big One" Gets Bigger: 15 Michigan Legislators Join Texas Election Lawsuit. Ken Paxton, Texas Ag, AG Pax­ton: Six States Join Texas in Law­suit Defend­ing the Secu­ri­ty of the 2020 Election. How does that differ from the 18 states listed above is not clear to me. Maybe the difference between filing briefs (18) and actually signing on as co-complainants (6)?  

Da Wire announces 106 House Republicans Announce Support For Texas Lawsuit Against GA, MI, PA, WI  but at Hot Air,  AllahPundit whines 106 House Republicans Sign Onto Texas’s Disgraceful Election Lawsuit Because That’s What Being A Good Republican Means Now. Or maybe they're just defending their constituents from losing their votes to the Democratic election fraud. Your choice. Capt Ed at Hot Air reports SCOTUS Showdown: Ohio Opposes Texas — On Remedies; Six States Move To Join Lawsuit; Update: PA Says Suit “Seditious Abuse Of The Judicial Process”

The state of Ohio tried a novel approach in its filings. Attorney General Dave Yost and Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers argue that the Supreme Court does not have the discretion to deny consideration in original actions between states, as is the case here. They then urge the court to rule decisively against Texas, arguing that federalism does not allow for states to dictate terms to each other — even though Ohio does have sympathy for the underlying argument . . .

The WaPoo whines With time running out, Trump and GOP allies turn up pressure on Supreme Court in election assault, which is only slightly more objective than never-Trumper Erick Erikson's About the Texas Lawsuit

I personally think my company should pay me workers compensation for brain damage for having to read that lawsuit and related filings. It really is one of the stupidest bits of performative leg humping we have seen in the last five years. These attorneys general are willing to beclown themselves and their states all to get in good with the losing presidential candidate.

Personally, I doubt that the Supreme Court will take this on in any meaningful way. But I hope I'm wrong. One of the regular Althouse commenters with a good legal eye, Bruce Hayden:

Only one I have made - if it gets to the Supreme Court, the vote is most likely 6-3, with CJ Roberts swinging in with the majority in order to control the writing of the decision. After the CJ, the next most senior Justice is Thomas, who DID join in the A II, § 1, ¶ 2 concurrence, who tends to write with a very broad brush, and thus is the last Justice whom Roberts would want writing the decision. Working backwards, assuming that Roberts would try to minimize the impact of whatever side wins the vote, and will vote, himself, accordingly, is why I thought that Kavenaugh would be the real swing vote. Alito appears to be pissed. Thomas did join the Electors Clause concurrence. Gorsuch grew up in a Sagebrush Rebellion household - his mother was one of its higher visibility leaders. Growing up, those were the radical Trumpsters of his formative years. Ultimately, I expect that he will be as radical, to the right, as Thomas has been. And, ACB is likely still loyal to Trump who put her on the Court. And was likely well vetted for loyalty before being nominated.

Thomas Lifson at AmThink Trump: '... you’ll see a lot of big things happening over the next couple of days'. Yes, but will it be good or bad?

Ann Coulter at Breitbart, Voter Fraud Never Happens! (Except in These 10,000 Cases). But we're assured it never matters! Which kind of makes you wonder why they keep doing it? Yougov (cited at Hot Air) One-Third Of Trump Supporters Believe Biden Will Not Be Inaugurated In January. At AmThink, JB Shurk thinks The District of Corruption Has Overplayed Its Hand. Optimists. Julie Kelly at AmGreat, Senate Republicans Can’t Be Bothered With Election Cheating. They still get paid either way. 

But like so many battles over the past four years, the president is fighting with little support from Senate Republicans. Most seem ready if not eager for Trump to vacate the Oval Office so they can play ball with Biden. A few—Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) immediately come to mind—appear poised to fight until the bitter end.

But there’s little reason to trust that this crop of Republican senators will provide a strong line of defense against the Biden/Harris team. This week’s news confirming federal investigations into Hunter Biden’s overseas racket is another reminder of how poorly the GOP Senate executed its political power; while Trump and his family went through hell, enduring numerous fruitless congressional investigations, the Bidens were let off the hook. No subpoenas, no humiliating hearings, no criminal referrals.

Ignoring, or even justifying, incontestable evidence of election fraud that might unfairly have swung the presidential election to Joe Biden is another slap in the face to Republican voters. Begging those same voters to help keep them in power is adding insult to injury.
The Michigan Bridge, ‘I am certainly not dead!’ Living voters contradict Michigan GOP fraud claims. A constant problem with identifying dead voters is that so many people have the same, or similar names. And yet, dead people do continue to vote.

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