On Wednesday, congressional lawmakers are scheduled to convene in Washington to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College presidential victory over Donald Trump. This is traditionally a formality, since it validates decisions that have been certified by the states — decisions based on the preference of voters in each state.

However, about 140 Republican representatives and a dozen GOP senators plan to oppose the certification, based on various allegations of voter fraud that have not been proven and have made no headway at all in dozens of court filings.

This opposition appears to be a desperate, last-ditch effort to subvert the will of the people. It’s little more than grandstanding by these lawmakers, mostly to pander to their political base at the expense of the fundamentals of American democracy.

But don’t take our word for it. Instead, consider these comments by other Republican lawmakers who have reacted to this strategy:

• Sen. Mitt Romney, Utah: “The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it.”

• Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania: “A fundamental, defining feature of a democratic republic is the right of people to elect their own leaders. The effort by (Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas) and others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states like Pennsylvania directly undermines this right.”

• Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: “The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results. I urge my colleagues from both parties to recognize this and to join me in maintaining confidence in the Electoral College and our elections so that we ensure we have the continued trust of the American people.”

• Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland: “The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans.”

• Sen. John Thune, South Dakota: “The thing they’ve got to remember is, it’s just not going anywhere. I mean, in the Senate, it would go down like a shot dog. And I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.”

• Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska: “The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking — first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress — to overturn the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.”

However, this effort, albeit futile, probably WILL succeed in further dividing the nation and perhaps undercutting the incoming administration. It may also create destructive fissures within the Republican Party that could take years to heal, if they can be at all.  

This ploy will likely fail, for efforts to make any case of possible voter fraud have been roundly rejected at every level. All that’s left now is this destructive political theater that may drag the process out but won’t alter the outcome. But the damage it inflicts may be substantial and long-lasting.

kmh

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GiftofTheMAGA

Thank you, Mr. Hertz for helping expand the list of RINOS who oppose the best president American Christians ever had.

On Wednesday Vice President Pense will make every Senator declare whether they are for or against our President.

So even if those Socialist RINOS keep our rightful President from staying in the White House, the vast majority of patriot South Dakotans who loyally voted for Trump will now know who must be driven from the GOP to make way for the true Party of Trump.

God is on our side. HE and Trump will Make America Great Again!!

MyThoughts

After 4 years of total division, why should anyone expect that starting January 20th, we will all join hands and sing Kumbaya? Or what was perfectly OK for democrats for the past 4 years is verboten for republicans for the next 4 year? Sorry Kelly, but your extremely unrealistic in your comments.

Lets also not forget that democrats used the same tactics in January 2017 against Trump, and likewise in 2005 against Bush. I saw no outrage by the P&D's editor then. I have to ask, why not? But of course, we do know the answer, don't we.

Personally, its just the way Washington works. And it sucks. But it will pass.

GiftofTheMAGA

Thank you for your support, MyThoughts. You’re the kind of patriot who won’t abandon Trump in his struggle to remake our corrupt Democracy in his Christian image.

We need more God and less of this Godless democracy. This must be the source of your confidence that “this shall pass.”

But what exactly did you leave unsaid when you wrote, “But of course, we do know the answer, don't we”?

MyThoughts

MAGA: I did not write in support of anyone. Just pointing out political reality.

Why didn't the P&D editorialize on what democrats did in 2017 and 2005 (or at least comment on it in the latest editorial): The the answer is for the same reason MSNBC and CNN didn't do it either. I didn't think that needed pointing out.

lamac

i have to agree with the writer, I think the republicans are wasting their time and ours and also giving false hope. more than half of United States voted for Biden and he should be able to transition without all this pandering. I dont remember any of this happening when Hilary lost as she conceded the election on the night. so I dont think you are using fact to argue your point. My point is I am sick of hearing about this election, I am sick of a Man that never really acted like he wanted the job fight for 4 more years. I really think he just wants to twist this country in a knot and the people we elect to represent us are more than happy to help with that knot twisting. I think it time we need to make them do their jobs, hold them accountable for their misdeeds. And we need to remember that we elected them so we share in that accountability

MyThoughts

"I dont remember any of this happening when Hilary lost". I don't remember it either, but it happened.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-congress/u-s-congress-certifies-trumps-electoral-college-victory-idUSKBN14Q25R

concerned

that was a formality and also she did win the popular vote, no one stormed the capital, Hilary didn't call states to threaten them. its time to put this election behind us

Old Hugh

MyThoughts, I really don’t think “this will pass” until Trump is through waging war against the RINOS.

Even now his angry True Believers like the Proud Boys are swarming DC. And their anger is focused on the RINOS they think have betrayed them.

Today Trump and his loyalists in the Capitol will force Republicans to declare whether they are for or against Trump's baseless and thoroughly disproved claims of fraud. How sweet!

This is delicious. Trump’s GOP civil war looks like it may cost Republicans control of the Senate.

I hope you're giving lots of money to Trump and his “the election was rigged” fundraising scam. I really don’t mind if Trump makes a mint from you gullible true-believers.

Not if his war on Republicans brings your party down.

MyThoughts

Old Hugh: There is no icon for the middle finger, or I'd give it to you.

Me giving lots of money to Trump? Really? You don't know me, so why make that assumption. Also, why do you think the "republicans" are my party? Again, assumptions on your part.

Regarding my comment of This Will Pass. It will. Notice I didn't say how long it will take to pass, because I don't know and nobody else does either, but it will pass.

Mr. T

MyThoughts - both Old Hugh and Mr. Gift think you’re a Trumpster because of your opinions. (I confess you fooled me, too.) I fully expected you to post a defense of Trump's “Patriots” who broke into the Capitol.

It’s difficult to separate someone from the company they keep.

Usually only a Trumpster would post your “equivalency” between Democrats’ reaction to their loss in the last Presidential election and the lies Mr. Trump tells us to cast doubt on our elections and incite his people to riot.

Now that voters have chosen the Democrats to control the Presidency, the House and the Senate, we’ll get to see if they can do a better job than the Trumpsters. Of course the bar is set VERY low.

BTW - there IS an emoji for the middle finger salute that Apple Users can use instead of adult discourse. Though it probably would have been scrubbed by the sensibilities of the good folks at the Press & Dakotan.

MyThoughts

Mr. T. Not trying to fool anyone. Its just that for many of us who are centrists, those on the extremes just have to think we are on the other side. There are on line quizzes you can take that will approximate your political leanings. I've done these every couple of years. Every time, I come out just slightly to the left of center. The quizzes suggest I'd be happiest as a libertarian. My favorite political commentator was the late Walter E. Williams, who described himself as a liberal leaning libertarian. I am not happy with either republicans or democrats. At one time, they could somewhat work together, but not any more.

Regarding yesterday, my opinion is that Trump ought to leave for Florida, today, and not come back. It probably won't happen, but I'd like to see him resign and for VP Pence to pardon him. I know that there would be a firestorm if this happens, but I'm not thinking about Trump, I'm thinking about the country. I know there are those who are just waiting for January 20th so that criminal charges can be brought against Trump. Were this to happen, we'd have political disruption that would put the past four years to shame. We have got to find a way to bring this country together. So far I don't see either political party wanting to come together, and by yesterday's news, I think there are a lot of Trump supporters who will never recognize Biden as president. Putting Trump on trial would break this country apart much more so than we are already.

This morning, I watched, on CNN, a California congressperson say that the 25th Amendment should be used to run Trump out of the White House. While I do agree that the cabinet seriously needs to discuss the 25th Amendment, that congressperson is wrong. The 25th Amendment is to take an incapacitated president out. If a person is incapacitated, you shouldn't be personally vindictive towards them. Sick is what they are. We feel sorry for a sick person, not politically vindictive towards them.

E pluribus

I’m beginning to see a pattern in your postings, MyThoughts.

You compare mountains to molehills and pretend to be an impartial and even-handed judge - totally above the fray.

Thus you excuse the true threat to our Democracy - your President.

You take your place alongside a long list of Trump apologists who pretend their cowardice is really wisdom.

In the future I’ll not waste time trying to understand your ramblings…

MyThoughts

In the future I’ll not waste time trying to understand your ramblings…

I understand. Its a risk those in the center always take in posting anything. Neither the far left nor the far right can understand. Its "If your not with me, your against me".

OffTheFence

MyThoughts, I can’t remember hearing many level-headed centrists (as you wish to be regarded) expressing regret at not being able to give a middle finger to illustrate their opinions.

As you meander about, carefully avoiding a runaway pandemic, a crashed economy and the sacking of our Capitol, your centrist act needs a little polish.

Oh, yes, you DID find some of these things “unacceptable.” Oh, my! Who could disagree?

One man’s “centrist” perspective is another man’s mealy mouthed cop out.

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