Many arcane and asinine theories have been floated by which Donald Trump could stay in the White House. My favorite by far is Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s.
And if a frog had side pockets, he’d carry a handgun. https://t.co/PWu8Gu0RBe
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 14, 2020
The next best scheme is from Ron DeSantis, who pushes the misinformation that GOP-controlled legislatures will declare Trump won and appoint electors supporting him and then in some murky legal fashion not yet disclosed, the Supreme Court will tie everything up with a bow and gift Trump the White House. But it looks like that’s not going to happen. Associated Press:
Republican leaders in four critical states won by President-elect Joe Biden say they won’t participate in a legally dubious scheme to flip their state’s electors to vote for President Donald Trump. Their comments effectively shut down a half-baked plot some Republicans floated as a last chance to keep Trump in the White House.
State GOP lawmakers in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all said they would not intervene in the selection of electors, who ultimately cast the votes that secure a candidate’s victory. Such a move would violate state law and a vote of the people, several noted.
“I do not see, short of finding some type of fraud — which I haven’t heard of anything — I don’t see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors,” said Rusty Bowers, Arizona’s Republican House speaker, who says he’s been inundated with emails pleading for the legislature to intervene. “They are mandated by statute to choose according to the vote of the people.”
The idea loosely involves GOP-controlled legislatures dismissing Biden’s popular vote wins in their states and opting to select Trump electors. While the endgame was unclear, it appeared to hinge on the expectation that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court would settle any dispute over the move.
Meanwhile, an elections fraud lawsuit in Wisconsin was dropped minutes before oral argument was supposed to begin Monday. These lawsuits are dropping like flies and all the rest of Trump’s contingency plans are falling through, like plaster after a bombing. Trump’s lawyers are like rats in a maze, running every which way, hoping to find the legal solution and the way out.
So I guess now we just watch and see how long before he concedes — or if he does like Michael Cohen has suggested, runs to Mar-a-Lago at Christmas and stays there? Right now, Cohen’s idea is the one that appears the most likely.