Please join me Thursday at 8 pm EST for an online strategy session and discussion with one of the Democratic Senate candidates from Georgia, Reverend Raphael Warnock. Details below. We attended the session with Jon Ossoff on Sunday and found its details of a practical plan to increase the vote for the Democratic candidates inspiring.
With a one vote Republican majority hanging in the balance, and with it the GOP’s ability to hamstring President-elect Biden in every possible way, the stakes for those two contested Senate seats in Georgia could not be higher. The January runoff election (required by Georgia law) to decide (possibly by a single vote) the fate of Biden’s ability to pass laws is where all the political fire is right now.
Mitch McConnell, who continues to vigorously defend Mr. Trump’s baseless denial of the election results as 100% within the president’s legal rights, met with Bagpiper Bill Barr yesterday. It is not disclosed what they discussed at the private meeting, but you can be sure Barr’s subsequent announcement that the DOJ may conduct political investigations prior to the certification of final vote tallies (demonstrating again Barr’s unprecedentedly shameless political motivation) was related to Mitch’s strategic concern that he maintain his razor thin Republican majority control of the senate.
We have already seen how McConnell used that tiny majority to stymie all attempts at legislation (including economic relief to millions impoverished by the pandemic) and many appointments by Democratic presidents, including, most famously, no hearing on the highly qualified, politically inoffensive Merrick Garland for the months’ vacant Supreme Court seat Trump filled with a Federalist Society-endorsed right winger shortly after his Electoral College victory.
Barr broke his blessed, almost two week, silence to pull his latest political stunt. In a carefully worded memo he called for the release of Department of Justice dogs to chase down any and all leads about specific cases of credible fraud, although no credible charges of fraud have been made in any of Trump’s numerous lawsuits. Not a shred of evidence has been produced in any of the more than 300 court cases.
Every Trump lawsuit based on a fraud claim has been tossed out of court for lack of evidence. There is no evidence of any kind of significant election fraud in U.S. elections (as seen in Barr’s carefully worded legal directive to Trump’s Department of Justice). Even Mike Pence and the determined Kris Kobach’s presidential commission on voter fraud could not find any evidence, before they closed shop after six months in operation..
The court of public opinion, of course, is no longer concerned with evidence or lack of evidence. This is particularly true of low-information jurors who just want what they want. This segment of the public has a result it wants, what it believes is true (millions, including at least one recently elected to Congress, apparently believe Democratic leaders actually drink the blood of murdered child sex slaves) and the so-called facts will just have to be fitted to the desired result. Obama producing a fake birth certificate does not disprove “Birtherism” to the loyal diehards who strongly believe these things.
Barr, McConnell, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and other loyal Trump enablers are performing political theatre for Trump and his base. His base doesn’t care who actually won or lost the so-called election, they care about Trump somehow staying in power and they love any story that holds out hope for that. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, smiling confidently at the podium, told America and the world today — especially all of the dictators that he and his boss so admire — that not Joe Biden but Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20th. A “smooth transition” the staunch Evangelical Pompeo assured America and the world “to a second Trump administration.”
Grotesque political theatre, grandly staged to hold out the final hope for four more years of Trump by stoking populist rage and bringing the heavily armed, violent patriots out in massive numbers to support “law and order” by forcefully overthrowing the fraudulently elected Socialist order represented by Biden and Harris.
It seems unnecessary to point out, as many have, how idiotic this “widespread election fraud/stolen election” story is. If there was a vast conspiracy to steal the election, by this secret cabal of powerful child molesting traitors, why did they not flip three or four Senate seats, including McConnell’s and Graham’s, to ensure they’d be able to actually pass laws? A pretty stupid fraud scheme, to steal an election for a president who will be immediately put into a political strait jacket and mocked for his weakness by a defiant Republican party, right into the midterm elections.
The logic in the argument for an illegitimate, stolen election? Don’t look too hard, you’ll hurt yourself. Every place where a Republican won is a place where, by this argument, fraud was defeated. Every place where Biden won, massive, systemic, George Soros-financed fraud. Where Trump needed more votes, chant “Count the VOTES!”, where Trump’s lead was shrinking as the vote counting continued, chant “STOP the Count!”– there’s no contradiction there, none at all.
How about Georgia? Two run-offs, required by Georgia law, clearly caused by voter fraud in each case, clearly. Both Republican candidates subjected to the indignity of a fraudulent run-off have called for the resignation of the corrupt Republican secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger.
Raffensperger’s response was quick:
“Earlier today Senators Loeffler and Perdue called for my resignation,” Raffensperger, who is also a Republican, said in a statement. “Let me start by saying that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”
“As Secretary of State, I’ll continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and that illegal votes don’t count,” Raffensperger continued.
“I know emotions are running high. Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both Senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our President.”
Just noticed one tell-tale line in that otherwise fine response. The Republican shares his Senators’ unhappiness about the “potential outcome” for a president who lost both the popular vote and the Electoral College by wide margins. Always on the base-pleasing talking points, even when otherwise speaking sensibly. What is with these fucking fucks?
Georgia’s secretary of state: