Friday, February 26, 2021

Election 2020: Not Yet Over

But it does seem to be running a little thin today. Not a lot this morning by the usual standards. First up, according to David Marcus at Da Fed, the Senate Hearing On The Capitol Riot Exonerated Trump, although I'm sure Democrats won't see it that way.

The key testimony came from former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who described in some detail what the authorities expected from the rally and march on Jan. 6. “The intelligence was not that there would be a coordinated assault on the Capitol, nor was that contemplated in any of the inter-agency discussions that I attended in the days before the attack,” Irving said.

This runs completely counter to the Democratic House Impeachment Managers claims that Trump should have somehow known the attack was coming and is therefore guilty of inciting it. In fact, nobody saw it coming. Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testified that he and other officials anticipated that Jan. 6 would resemble the MAGA rallies in November and December. That is to say, they thought scuffling between extreme groups on both sides could occur, but they did not anticipate anything remotely like the riot that took place.

From LI, Mother of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Believes He Died From Stroke, but She Still Can’t Get Answers. And we're still not sure who killed Ashli Babbit. And from Breitbart, WATCH: Democrat Uses ‘Fine People Hoax’ in Hearing, Gets Fact-checked on the Spot

Rick Moran, PJ Media, 9/11 Commission Members Warn Pelosi About 'Partisan' 1/6 Commission. And when Chris Coons is the voice of reason, Capt. Ed at Hot Air reports Coons Rebukes Pelosi? “Important” To Have A 50/50 Split On January 6 Commission

Mary Rose Corkery at Da Caller, Trump Will ‘Spend The Rest Of His Years In Civil And Criminal Courts,’ Eric Swalwell Says. Be careful of the weaponization of the law, representative who slept with Chinese spy.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.25.21 at Am Great, GA Secretary Of State Refuses To Support Bills Targeting Voter Fraud

In a tweet on Wednesday, Raffensperger announced that “once we see something that prioritizes the security and accessibility of elections, we’ll throw in support.” He falsely accused some of the bills of being “reactionary to a three month disinformation campaign that could have been prevented,” without explaining what exactly constituted such “disinformation.”

Several of the bills have already passed through at least one chamber of the Georgia legislature. One such bill that has passed in the state senate would require all voters to present either a driver’s license number, a state identification card number, or a photocopy of some other approved form of identification in order to be allowed to cast an absentee ballot. Another bill, which has been approved by a state senate subcommittee, would force voters to provide a legitimate reason for voting by absentee ballot rather than in-person.

But, Georgia State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Photo ID for Absentee Voting anyway (Breitbart). Also via the Wombat, Da Tech Guy “For The People Act” Will Make Stealing Elections The New Normal For Democrats. Human Events, New Hampshire Senate Votes Unanimously to Perform Audit of Windham Nov. 3 Elections

The Windham Board of Selectmen have unanimously requested an investigation into what happened on November 3, as have several of the Republicans and Democrats involved in the races under question. There was an official vote recount held already that, while not changing the declared winners (all Republicans), did find the four Republican candidates had votes materially undercounted by just over six-percent. This appears to be the largest recount-to-actual difference in the history of New Hampshire elections.
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While the voting machines used in Windham are machines comprised of both Dominion-owned hardware and software, Eyring says that unlike in other cases, his group of concerned citizens is not making any claims of fraud or election tampering. “I am a data person. When the data shows such a discrepancy as we have here, you need to test and determine what the actual cause might be. We are not accusing Dominion of anything.” According to Gateway Pundit, these types of machines are used to tally approximately 85% of New Hampshire votes.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero at AmThink, Kavanaugh and Barrett: John Roberts Retreads? Julie Kelly at Am Great, Kavanaugh and Barrett’s Share of the Shame.  Ken Masugi at Am Great, The Pennsylvania Case Is Not Only About Trump

Contrary to the Democrats’ demagoguery, Justice Thomas argued to hear the case based on Pennsylvania’s denial of the Constitution’s requirement that state legislatures have authority “to determine the ‘Manner’ of federal elections. . . . Yet both before and after the 2020 election, nonlegislative officials in various States took it upon themselves to set the rules instead.” The case is not about federalism but constitutionalism.

Against “an unambiguous deadline for receiving mail-in ballots: 8 p.m. on election day,” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended that deadline by three days and without evidence that the ballots were mailed by election day. Thomas allows that the rule may not have affected enough ballots to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election but “that may not be the case in the future. These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”
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One wonders what this Court waits for. We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections. The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us.

Dan Payne at JTN reports Mitch McConnell sees favorability drop after break with Trump, trails far behind Schumer, McCarthy. I don't think he cares. Sundance at CTH, DeceptiCon On Display – Mitch McConnell Says He Would “absolutely” Support President Trump Again If He Secured The Republican Nomination in 2024

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