Thanksgiving Gift

Although Mitch McConnell spent his last few days before the current Senate Thanksgiving vacation busily packing a few more loyal far-right zealots onto the federal courts, and food lines grow at pantries around the country as hungry Americans line up during a raging pandemic with no federal aid in sight (Mitch has priorities — debating how to help suffering Americans, sadly, will just have to wait [1]) there is finally some belated news to be thankful about on the eve of what promises to be a somber Thanksgiving.

Trump’s charm/terror campaign with the Michigan Republicans and the Georgia Republicans to nullify the will of the voters has not worked. Michigan certified its vote for Biden today, Pennsylvania and Georgia will do the same, if they haven’t already. Trump’s hundreds of election-related lawsuits failed, his appeals will now dry up and blow away, his remaining legal team in the bunker is a damp Rudy Giuliani (crazed Mike Flynn attorney and QAnon believer Sidney Powell was disavowed by Team Rudy today). Trump’s desperate faith in faithless electors (tip of the cap to Brian Lehrer at WNYC [2]) has not been rewarded, his violent supporters have not rallied to his cause and the bunker is about to empty out. As Jimmy Kimmel said recently, the rats are starting to put on their little bathing suits.

The Trump loyalist who heads the General Services Administration, the agency that gives the green light for the peaceful transition of power, releasing the money so Biden and his transition team can get up and running with national security and other briefings, transition logistics, office space, and everything else, has finally fucking signed the papers for the transition to begin in earnest– after only a few weeks of insane delay ordered by her boss. You can now stick a fork in Trump’s sweaty dream of a Trump States of America any time soon.

I had a wonderful sigh of relief getting much of this good news just a little while ago from the tireless Heather Cox Richardson who broke the best of the news above (to me, anyway) and laid out the history of the Republican party’s descent into what it has become, the party of white supremacy and protection of an antidemocratic elite. She set out this authoritarian lurch to the hard right concisely and with precision. Never have I seen this history described so well, in so few words.

The future is what we fight to make it, the fight will continue to be hard and nobody knows what will come next, but for me, reading Heather’s brilliant assessment tonight let me breathe a long overdue exhale of relief. I hope it will do the same for you.

[1]

Democratic Representative Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday during a House hearing that Mr McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, was “abandoning our people”.

Just a day or two ago, the Senate majority leader, Senator McConnell, decided to break the Senate,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said.

“And he broke the Senate as there are thousands of people in Texas lined up for food lines. He broke the Senate while hospitals no longer have beds to house the sick. He broke the Senate, and dismissed the Senate, while 30 million Americans are on the brink of eviction.

“And in breaking the Senate, we are abandoning our people.”

source

[2]

Faith in Democracy vs. Trump’s Faith In Faithless Electors

November 20, 2020

Trump’s attempts to overturn the election in the courts isn’t going well for him. But are there other ways, through quirks in the Electoral College, that he could hold on to power? On today’s show, Robert Alexander, professor of political science and founding director of the Institute for Civics and Public Policy at Ohio Northern University and the author of Representation and the Electoral College (Oxford University Press, 2019), talks about how tightly the Electoral College is bound by certified election results in their states. source

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