Eleven reporters a-screaming, ten Senators orating, nine judges a-judging, eight lawyers a-suing, seven pols a-lying, six pole workers a-cheating, five Electors, four poll watchers, three hanging chads, two spoiled ballots and a phone call from a phone tree.
So where are we? The Republicans in the Senate are at war with each other, or at least, not at peace, WaEx, Cruz to lead group of GOP senators in challenge to Electoral College certification, but Murkowski says 'nothing to warrant overturning the results' as GOP group plans Electoral College challenge, so we already know any attempt at a Senate vote will end in failure. WaPoo whines Cruz disrupting the electoral college count won’t change anything. It can still hurt democracy. Sundance at CTH has Former House Speaker Paul Ryan Ridicules Electoral Challenge and Sunday Talks: Ted Cruz Discusses January 6th Challenge to 2020 Electoral Certification. Paul Ryan on Twitter.
Democrats have gone ballistic over this news, with “sedition” being one of their milder characterizations of Republican skepticism of official election results. Of course, it was not always so. In the past, Democrats have objected to Electoral College results on the flimsiest possible grounds. RedState has a good summary. In 2001, 2005 and 2017, Democratic Representatives and, in 2005, Senators voted against accepting the Electoral College tally. Thus, every Republican president since George H. W. Bush has seen Democrats vote against accepting the legitimacy of his election.
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So, while it won’t do anything to prevent a Biden/Harris administration from taking office, objecting to electoral results in the joint House/Senate session, which is usually just a formality, can play a useful part in advancing the cause of election integrity. And the Democrats, having done the same thing repeatedly, only on frivolous grounds, are in no position to complain.
Never-Trumper Taylor Millard at Hot Hair, Electoral College Challenge Isn’t Sedition, But It Is Foolish, but Sharyl Attkisson finds a Legal analysis published in October finds today's scenario that favors Trump victory. Roger Kimball at Am Great, Who Will Be Inaugurated? "What is unlikely is not impossible—an admonitory caution, not an appeal to false hope."
A Twitter thread, Zuckerburg's Election:
On the scandal du jour, NYT (cited by Hot Air) whines, Trump Call To Georgia Official Might Violate State And Federal Law, while WaPoo, ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor. At Red State, 'shipwreckedcrew' throws cold water on their boners in The President's Call With the Georgia Sec. of State -- a Case Study in the Media Duplicity That Pres. Trump Has Battled From Day One
ZUCKERBERG'S ELECTION🚨— Kanekoa (@KanekoaTheGreat) December 18, 2020
1/ Funded by $350 Million from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, activist organizations created a two-tiered election system that treated voters differently depending on whether they lived in Democrat or Republican strongholds.🔻 pic.twitter.com/Dsd1ZfprUo
To me, it was a firing offense the way the media mischaracterized the call, the purposes for the call, the comments of Pres. Trump, the comments of the officials from Georgia, and the comments of the President’s attorneys.
If we are in the final two weeks of the Presidency of Donald Trump, this recording and the media coverage of it are the perfect encapsulation of the level of dishonest hackery and the outright fraudulent manner in which Pres. Trump has been covered by the press. . .
And on the Georgia runoff, Sam Brody at YaHoo! asserts No One Likes Loeffler or Perdue. They Might Win Anyway.. No one likes Warnock or Ossoff either, but he can't say that because they're Democrats. It's going to be harder to cheat in this election, is the real reason.
Many more links at JJ Sefton's The Morning Report - 1/4/21 at Aces