Wait, are Republicans just starting to realize that rat*#cking an electoral system that handed the presidency to the popular vote loser twice in the past 20 years might not be so great for them?
While the Republican coup caucus plans to raise a righteous ruckus over the free and fair election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. (a lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts!), many in the party are sticking with democracy—or the effed up version we have, anyway. You know, the version where the candidate who gets fewer votes still gets to be president sometimes.
Texas Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican, is leading an effort among some GOPsters to reject the coup caucus’ slow-moving treason train, pointing out that there could be repercussions that would basically end the GOP’s future chances of putting one of their own in the White House. Because, you know, this is a liberal country when it comes right down to it.
A member of the House Freedom Caucus, Roy has convinced several of his Republican colleagues to sign onto a statement calling bullshit on some of his fellow Republicans.
“From a purely partisan perspective, Republican presidential candidates have won the national popular vote only once in the last 32 years,” Roy wrote in his statement. “They have therefore depended on the electoral college for nearly all presidential victories in the last generation. If we perpetuate the notion that Congress may disregard certified electoral votes — based solely on its own assessment that one or more states mishandled the presidential election — we will be delegitimizing the very system that led Donald Trump to victory in 2016, and that could provide the only path to victory in 2024.”
You mean geniuses like Tommy Tuberville and Ron Johnson couldn’t have figured this out on their own? Hmm.
The other signatories to the statement are Reps. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.).
To make his point, Roy objected to the seating of all elected members of Congress from the six states whose voting systems Trump claims were rigged, forcing House members to vote on whether those legislators’ victories were legitimate. The vote was 371-2 to seat the duly elected members.
“It would confound reason if the presidential results of these states were to face objection while the congressional results of the same process escaped public scrutiny,” Roy said. “Those representatives were elected through the very same systems – with the same ballot procedures, with the same signature validations, with the same broadly applied decisions of executive and judicial branch officials – as were the electors chosen for the president of the United States under the laws of those states.”
A reasonable Republican who’s not afraid to be reasonable in public. What a rare sight these days.
Don’t get used to it.