2020 Presidential Election

The Cotton statement

Featured image I said what I had to say about yesterday’s events at the Capitol while they were still unfolding yesterday afternoon. Caught on the inside of the proceedings, Senator Tom Cotton released this statement last night. I yield the floor to Senator Cotton: Last summer, as insurrection gripped the streets, I called to send in the troops if necessary to restore order. Today, insurrectionists occupied our Capitol. Fortunately, the Capitol Police »

The Tragedy of Donald Trump

Featured image Good grief, I go away for a day, listen to sports talk radio, music, and podcasts on political philosophy in my car driving back home all day from LA because I was too depressed about the Georgia election outcome to want to hear the news, and discover that all this happened. I have quickly written a long piece at the request of a magazine, and if they run it tomorrow »

A shameful day

Featured image President Trump seems determined to leave office in a manner that vindicates the vile accusations hurled at him by his opponents over the past four years. After a speech rehearsing his electoral grievances and calling on his vice president to abrogate his ministerial duty today, some of the assembled multitude followed the logic of Trump’s grievances and stormed the Capitol. The House and Senate chambers have been breached. Someone has »

Trump Has Gone Nuts

Featured image President Trump is right in saying that the 2020 election was rife with voter fraud. I think he is quite likely right, although no one knows for sure, in alleging that absent fraud he would have been re-elected. But his conduct has nevertheless become indefensible. I don’t have a problem with senators like Ted Cruz voting against accepting the report of the Electoral College, which will lead to debates among »

Raffensperger on line 2

Featured image Following up on my the adjacent post, I want to add a few comments to draw out facets of the phone call that have been shortchanged — i.e., suppressed — by the mainstream media. • The fact that the call was secretly recorded is scurrilous. As is apparent at a couple of points, the call was for the purposes of settlement of the pending Trump lawsuit. Who secretly records settlement »

Raffensperger on line 1

Featured image Listening in President Trump phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (audio below), I wonder what the Trump game plan is. He alluded to so-called overvotes in Detroit and Pennsylvania, but it is late in the day to pin hope on votes being thrown out and results rejiggered. Even if the necessary votes could be “found” to change the result in Georgia, what happens next? “[W]e have other »

Tom Cotton will not oppose counting the certified electoral college votes

Featured image A number of Republican Senators, including some who aspire to the presidency, have said they will oppose the counting of certified electoral college votes. In other words, they will support President Trump’s effort to contest the electoral college’s count and, thereby, to have himself declared the winner. However, Sen. Tom Cotton will not be part of this effort. His explanation is as follows: I share the concerns of many Arkansans »

Election Challenges, Then and Now

Featured image So the Democrat media line is that challenging the election result is unprecedented, seditious even. Why, certainly Democrats would never do such a thing! Oh, wait: »

Accepting the Electoral College Vote, Or Not

Featured image Senator Josh Hawley has said that he will vote against accepting the reported Electoral College vote in the joint session of Congress next week, and a number of Republican House members will do the same. Some reports say that 140 or more GOP House members will vote to reject the Electoral College tally in one or more states. As I understand it, if there are objections in both houses, the »

How Much Voter Fraud Was There?

Featured image Voter fraud is a large and growing problem in the United States, and there is good reason to think that it exploded in 2020 on account of (among other things) unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots and deliberately lax controls in many states. John Lott has now produced a statistical analysis that suggests substantial voter fraud in Fulton County, Georgia and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Lott’s conclusion is that his analysis suggests »

History Repeats

Featured image Respectable people everywhere are scandalized at President Trump’s insistence that the election results are not to be taken at face value, and deplore the pressure he has brought on Attorney General Bill Barr and other Republicans to press the matter. How outrageous! How unprecedented! Unprecedented? I wonder. Especially when by accident I ran across a newspaper column from the late and revered journalist Ralph de Toledano from December 6, 1960: »

They Stole It Fair And Square

Featured image My goodness, Scott certainly stirred up our readership yesterday with his “limp noodle” confession about the election. At the risk of annoying many readers further, I’ll offer my observations on the matter which lead to my conclusion about why, and, more importantly, how to move on from here. In rank order of provocation: • The Democrats stole the election fair and square. Of course I don’t mean that literally; what »

Biden rubs it in

Featured image Joe Biden took a victory lap and rubbed it in big time in remarks posted here by RealClearPolitics (video and text). The occasion of his remarks was the Electoral College vote certification. Clearing his throat throughout, he sought to humiliate the opposition. Joel Pollak captures something of the tone in “Biden’s Phlegmatic, Divisive Speech Burns Bridges to Trump’s America.” (I don’t think “phlegmatic” is the right word. “Phlegmy” would be »

The Washington Post throws a mindless fit

Featured image We all knew that heads would explode at the Washington Post if President Trump won reelection. But who knew that, with Joe Biden about to be declared the winner, heads at the Post would explode anyway? Post writers Touluse Olorunnipa and Cleve Wootson, Jr. have produced a hysterical front page “news” story with this passage as its centerpiece: For the past six weeks, Trump has staged the ultimate loyalty test »

How Much Voter Fraud Was There?

Featured image Over the next few years, books will be written about the 2020 presidential election. Some will argue that the Democrats stole the election through widespread voter fraud. Others will argue that while safeguards were lax and there was a good bit of fraud, Joe Biden would have won the election anyway. I doubt that anyone will argue that Biden, the sad shell of a man who at his best was »

Supreme Court Turns Down Texas Election Case

Featured image This evening the Supreme Court denied the motion by the State of Texas, supported by 18 other states, to seek to overturn election results in four other states. The vote was 7-2; Justices Alito and Thomas said that they would have granted Texas’s motion for leave to file a complaint, but denied any further relief. The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied »

Texas Throws a Hail Mary

Featured image Yesterday the State of Texas filed pleadings in the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that the electoral processes followed by Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin in this year’s election were unconstitutional and the results in those states should be negated. Because this is a lawsuit between states, the Supreme Court has original and exclusive jurisdiction. Texas’s pleadings are embedded below. The Texas motion and supporting brief are well-drafted and make a »