Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us that Sen. Hawley (and Ayatollah Ted) have duped more Republicans to the Lost Cause:
The latest names of the objectors, via our Burgess Everett: Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Steve Daines (Mont.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John Kennedy (La.) and James Lankford (Okla.), as well as Sen.-elects Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Roger Marshall (Kan.) and Tommy Tuberville (Ala.).
And then they make an observation of who didn’t RSVP to Hawley’s Insurrection Party, which seems significant somehow:
Some perhaps surprising names NOT on the list: Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul.
Obviously both lists contain some ambitious people who are running for the 2024 Goat Rodeo, but what about the others? My only guess is that they are worried about being primaried from the right at some point, but the Senators-elect don’t face a challenge for six (6!) years.
Sen. Pat Toomey released a statement calling out Josh Hawley BY NAME:
“A fundamental, defining feature of a democratic republic is the right of the people to elect their own leaders. The effort by Senators Hawley, Cruz, and others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states like Pennsylvania directly undermines this right.
“The senators justify their intent by observing that there have been many allegations of fraud. But allegations of fraud by a losing campaign cannot justify overturning an election. They fail to acknowledge that these allegations have been adjudicated in courtrooms across America and were found to be unsupported by evidence. President Trump’s own Attorney General, Bill Barr, stated ‘we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.’
“I acknowledge that this past election, like all elections, had irregularities. But the evidence is overwhelming that Joe Biden won this election. His narrow victory in Pennsylvania is easily explained by the decline in suburban support for President Trump and the president’s slightly smaller victory margins in most rural counties.
“I voted for President Trump and endorsed him for re-election. But, on Wednesday, I intend to vigorously defend our form of government by opposing this effort to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others.”
That just isn’t done; the Senate even has rules against this kind of name-dropping.
The amazing vestigial spine of Willard even makes an appearance:
“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic…I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?”
Willard is going to have a glass of warm milk to calm down.
None of this insurrection/sedition makes any sense to me, but here’s something to consider: amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell has completely lost control of the Senate Republicans.
Brooks said 50 lawmakers including Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, President Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were on the call.
UPDATE 2: Peter Navarro, who Jared Found on Amazon when he was looking for a China Hawk for Trade, has an interesting legal theory:
…which is a flat-out lie: no one can change the date of the inauguration. At least not without overthrowing the Constitution.