Democrats are outraged that Republicans are planning on objecting to the certification of electoral votes. It’s “conspiracy and fantasy,” says Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer.
“The trouble by the sitting president of the US to overturn the outcomes is patently undemocratic,” the New York Democrat mentioned. “The trouble by others to amplify and burnish his ludicrous claims of fraud is equally revolting.”
“That is America. We now have elections. We now have outcomes. We make arguments primarily based on the actual fact and motive—not conspiracy and fantasy,” he added.
There’s just one drawback with Chucky’s “argument primarily based on truth and motive.” Democrats have been difficult the electoral vote certification for twenty years.
The final thrice a Republican has been elected president — Trump in 2016 and George W. Bush in each 2000 and 2004 — Democrats within the Home have introduced objections to the electoral votes in states the GOP nominee received. In early 2005 particularly, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., together with Rep. Stephanie Tubbs, D-Ohio, objected to Bush’s 2004 electoral votes in Ohio.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin seems to be much more incensed at Senator Josh Hawley’s plan to object to the Electoral School vote.
“The political equal of barking on the moon,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Sick., mentioned of Hawley becoming a member of the problem to electoral slates. “This received’t be taken significantly, nor ought to or not it’s. The American folks decided on Nov. third and that call should and might be honored and guarded by the U.S. Senate and Home of Representatives.”
Courageous Sir Dick appears to neglect he was singing a distinct tune in 2005. Then, it was Democrats questioning the outcomes of the Ohio vote, which went narrowly for George Bush.
Durbin had phrases of reward for Boxer then:
“Some might criticize our colleague from California for bringing us right here for this temporary debate,” Durbin mentioned on the Senate flooring following Boxer’s objection, whereas noting that he would vote to certify the Ohio electoral votes for Bush. “I thank her for doing that as a result of it provides members a possibility as soon as once more on a bipartisan foundation to take a look at a problem that we face not simply within the final election in a single State however in lots of States.”
In actual fact, the Ohio electoral vote problem was solely the start. Rumors and conspiracy theories swirled across the final result on election night time that noticed Bush profitable Ohio by a detailed, however the surprisingly comfy margin of 120,000 votes. So why are so many of those headlines acquainted to us right this moment?
Mom Jones: “Recounting the Election: Was Ohio stolen?”
New York Occasions: “Glitch Present in Ohio Counting”
They even included some voting machine controversies.
Nationwide Election Protection Coalition: “PARTISAN TECHNOLOGY FIRM IS IMPLICATED IN JOHN KERRY’S IMPLAUSIBLE LOSS IN OHIO 2004
NBC Information: “Machine Glitch Gave Bush Further Ohio Votes”
One other Democrat laid into Hawley for his problem however had nothing however reward for Boxer in 2005.
“I consider that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Consultant Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) have carried out a really beneficial public service in bringing this debate earlier than the Congress. As People, we must always all be anxious by studies of voting issues in lots of components of the nation,” Van Hollen, on the time a Home member, mentioned in a press launch. “I’ve been significantly involved concerning the lack of a verifiable paper document in reference to digital voting programs. I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of laws to unravel that drawback.”
In another a part of the universe the place equity and justice reign, Dick Durbin and Chris Van Hollen doppelgangers are strolling out their entrance doorways this morning and being hit within the head by a load of pigeon droppings. They received’t undergo any penalties on this planet for his or her outrageous, maddening double normal on Electoral School certification. That might require a free press — a quaint, old style notion that was part of American life at one time.
A pigeon isn’t round if you want one.