This whole blooming scandal regarding at least 7 state GOP’s fraudulently electing slates of electors for the electoral college, and then actually submitting them to the US Senate and the National archives is blowing me away. For two basic reasons.
First is the utter stupidity. There is nothing in electoral law, not the constitution that allows a state to come up with a back up list, just in case. The state certifies the election results, a slate of electors are named for the winner, which are certified and sent on to The Senate and the Archives. There are no alternate slates. It reminds me of that mental midget Kellyanne Conjob, with her alternative facts. Sorry babe, there are facts, and then there’s bullshit. Full stop.
And at least some of them seemed to know they were playing with fire. The bogus slates of electors from New Mexico and Pennsylvania used the same templates and formats as everybody else, but they tried to cover their asses with a cute little caveat at the end. Something like, This is not an official slate of electors. But if there is a challenge to the official slate that is successful, then these would become official electors. Nice try morons. But that’s like forging $100 bills, and in light letters between the serial numbers putting Not legal US tender. You don’t make it look that real if you’re not going to pass it off, and that’s what most lawyers are saying.
But as offensively stupid the plot itself was, what is even more insulting to me is how arrogant these pinheaded shits are! I remember the good old days, when somebody did something criminally stupid, and his lawyer told him, You don’t talk to anybody but ME bout this! Nobody! These pendejo jerk offs are actually booking themselves on national television to talk about how brilliant they were in failure!
On Friday Trump trade dipshit Peter Navarro appeared on The Beat with Ari Melber to brag about his brilliance as the alleged architect of The Green Bay Sweep, or the Blue Day Creep, or whatever. The plan was either a) for Pence to throw the certified electors back to the states, and count the fraudulent electors instead, or b) just have Pence toss the disputed electors back to the states, and throw the thing to the House to decide, where GOP dominance would keep Trump in office. Just one problem. It’s unconstitutional, and as illegal as hell. Pence doesn’t have that power.
And after Navarro made a fool of himself, Trump mouthpiece Boris Epshteyn took a turn in the batting cage. And like Navarro, swing for nothing but air. Epshteyn actually admitted on the air that he had not only supervised, but taken part in calls from the Trump campaign to state GOP reps to try to get them to go along with the scam. His justification was that this was legal because they had legal opinion that it wasn’t illegal, since the courts had never ruled on the issue, and besides, Trump senior counsel Rudy Giuliani gave it the go ahead. Yeah. The same Giuliani that invoked the name of Hugo Chavez in massive US election fraud.
This is insane! From where I’m sitting, these people are playing the closest thing with legal Russian Roulette that I’ve ever seen. Their proud and arrogant defense is that because no US court has ever ruled on the legality of fraudulent electoral college slates, somehow it isn’t illegal. But the last time I checked, falsifying any state or federal electoral form is a crime, and comes with a hefty payback. I’m no lawyer, but even to me this seems to be an untenable defense.
So, why use it? And even more, why lead with your chin by flaunting such a weak and pathetic defense? There’s only one reason I can think of. Arrogance. These silly bastards have actually drunk the Kool-Ade. They are going to run the Trump playbook. Delay and obfuscate, obfuscate and delay. Drag every motion out in court for years, and run out the clock. Because these quibbledicks actually beliece that the GOP is going to at least retake the House in 2022, and Trump will win in 2024. And when he takes the oath, their troubles magically go away, and they immediately become Heroes of the Cause.
Look, if you have another idea, that’s what the comments are for. But for the life of me, I can’t see any other scenario in which apparently intelligent people proudly tie themselves to a course of conduct that could land them decades in prison. They look at Trump, and see two words. Golden. Parachute. But if they’re wrong, then God have mercy on their souls.