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Friday, November 20, 2020

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) rebuked the Trump campaign for its news conference today, saying in a statement that "wild press conferences erode public trust." Sasse also called on Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to stop pressuring electors to "ignore their certification obligations under the statute" ... "We are a nation of laws, not tweets," said Sasse ...

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One Republican Senator has now stood up and pointedly spoken the truth about Trump's attempted devolution of our democracy that we've witnessed over these last few days.

One.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-11-19 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

R-money is on the scoreboard tonight as well:

Mitt Romney
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Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting U.S. President.

That makes 2.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-11-19 11:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That makes 2...grains of salt.
#2 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

FTFY

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-11-20 12:44 AM | Reply

3.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said Thursday that baseless allegations from Sidney Powell, an attorney working with the Trump campaign, claiming that down-ballot candidates paid to rig elections are "offensive."

"To insinuate that Republican and Democratic candidates paid to throw off this election I think is absolutely outrageous, and I do take offense to that," Ernst said during an interview with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson.

"For those of us that do stand up and represent our states in a dignified manner, we believe in honesty. We believe in the integrity of our election system which is why I do believe that if there is fraud out there it should be brought to the court's attention," Ernst said.

"To have that accusation just offhandedly thrown out there, just to confuse our voters across the United States, I think that is absolutely wrong," she added.

Mitch McConnell is asked the most pressing question hanging over America today and defers to a higher authority.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-11-20 07:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Whatever, they had their chance to salvage public trust in January, now we are left with this rubble.

Pieces of crap trying to CYA, explain it to Satan, not me.

#5 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-11-20 08:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I took a peek behind the curtain to see what else might be going on.

However stupidly irrational Trump's lawsuits seem this time around, and the likelihood of failure, the expense and work hardly seems worth the effort.

Unless . . . the RNC is planning to use legislative clout to establish new rules for choosing electors for 2024.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-11-20 08:50 AM | Reply

If Trump pulls off his coup, folks like Sasse, Ernst, Romney and others will be arrested and shot. That will get all the GOP firmly behind Trump, and will cow most of the Dems. Who will be left to fight the Trump dictatorship? Antifa...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2020-11-20 09:15 AM | Reply

Unless . . . the RNC is planning to use legislative clout to establish new rules for choosing electors for 2024.

What they are unwittingly doing is potentially making the case why the Electoral College is an undemocratic compromise vestige of our antebellum/colonial past - whose use is both unnecessary and corruptible against the expressed will of American voters - and that it should be abolished once and for all.

The illicit machinations being employed by crazed, lying, sycophantic Trump supporters are a prime example of what can occur to illegitimately usurp the will of voters through the use of propaganda broadcast to inflame a swath of the electorate into believing the fact that their candidate lost is in and of itself evidence of a corrupted election.

Now the same argument can be used to hypothesize how Republicans would feel if Democrats tried the same tactics in a future election where their candidate didn't win the election but could manipulate state legislatures and local election boards in the coordinated attempt to toss out Republican votes.

What was once hypothetical is now fact thanks to Rudy and his clown-car posse. Here's hoping that its now open existence as a direct threat to representative democracy can be used to eliminate the Electoral College once and for all.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-11-20 09:16 AM | Reply

#6

Honestly to use some slang, "I wish they would."

That's one way to turn statehouses blue. Stacy Abrams needs to be the National DNC chair. I know she wants to run for governor again, which is admirable, but she's got bigger fish to fry.

#9 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-11-20 09:17 AM | Reply

"That will get all the GOP firmly behind Trump, and will cow most of the Dems. Who will be left to fight the Trump dictatorship?"

I think you underestimate most Americans who are not going to tolerate a coup in the United States. Trump will end up dead if he tries it. Rightly so.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2020-11-20 09:43 AM | Reply

"Stacy Abrams needs to be the National DNC chair."

I agree 100%, she is the most democratic member of the Democratic Party, she's out there working every day to make the voting process fair for all. That should be the focus of every Democrat in Congress, probably if they had made it their focus we would have gained seats not lost them.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-11-20 09:45 AM | Reply

I think you underestimate most Americans who are not going to tolerate a coup in the United States.
#10 | Posted by danni

I wish you were right, but recent polls show 77% of Rs believe that the election was stolen. So any R who doesn't go along with the orange turd will get primaried. And in heavily gerrymandered R states any R going along with the coup doesn't need to worry about the general election.

#12 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-11-20 11:04 AM | Reply

Hey look, Republican senators are finally pushing back on Trump now that Trump has lost. Sasse could have voted to impeach but he opted to endorse and enable Trump's crimes.

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-11-20 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the Electoral College is an undemocratic compromise vestige of our antebellum/colonial past - whose use is both unnecessary and corruptible against the expressed will of American voters - and that it should be abolished once and for all."

Never going to happen.

Back in late 2000, Jimmy Carter was a guest on Nightline, and Ted Kopell broached the same topic. Carter stopped, leaned forward, and explained why: ultimately, since Congress is run on a bastardized version of Robert's Rules of Order, there are some parliamentary votes where the vote is much more powerful than the folks represented. One easy example is if the Presidential election was ever thrown to the HOR. In that scenario, each state gets one vote, regardless of the number of Reps, so WY gets the same number of votes as CA.

IOW, ~580,000 voters have the exact same voice as ~40 million.

For the EC to be overturned, nine states (the difference between a majority and a super-majority) would have to voluntarily cede power they currently hold, and there are just too many constitutional scholars in those states for that to happen.

#14 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-11-20 12:51 PM | Reply

"Stacy Abrams needs to be the National DNC chair."

If GA's two Senators end up being Democrats, she deserves to be Time's Person of the Year.

That said, she'll probably come in second to Dr. Fauci.

#15 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-11-20 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's been two weeks and it finally takes gunk streaming down Rudy's face for someone to say "well, this is getting a little ridiculous".

#16 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-11-20 01:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump and Rudy Colludy have been eroding public trust for four years now.

#17 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-11-20 01:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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