2020 Election

Madison Cawthorn tries (and fails) to justify seditious rhetoric

Pretty sure he flunked out of homeschool:

You know, this is exactly what happened in the Revolutionary War. You know, we just felt like we didn't have any representation so people wanted to go and fight because of that.

It was *nothing* like what happened in the Revolutionary War, you twit. In the 1760's the British Parliament passed numerous restrictive acts on the Colonies, which included several forms of taxation (without representation). But it wasn't just the money being squeezed out of colonists, the Quartering Act required the colonists to house and feed the very Crown soldiers who were oppressing them. Those troops literally booted families out of their homes and moved in, with zero compensation. 80 million Americans voted Trump out of office, but you chose to ignore the will of the people. Just like George III did. Maddy is not much for critical thinking, either:

QAnon suffers a possibly fatal blow with Inauguration

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The threads of this crazy quilt are coming apart:

For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies.

Keeping the faith wasn’t easy when Inauguration Day didn’t usher in “The Storm,” the apocalyptic reckoning that they have believed was coming for prominent Democrats and Trump’s “deep state” foes. QAnon followers grappled with anger, confusion and disappointment Wednesday as President Joe Biden was sworn into office.

Of course you can't get rid of crazy that easily, but you can cause it to chase its tail for a while. The fact they put so much emphasis on Trump as the hero of their fantasy has doomed this particular cult to an embarrassing ending, as their hero slinks down to Mar-A-Lago to lick his wounds and try to figure out how to avoid the monstrous karma wheel that's about to crush him. And his apparent "weakness" has driven the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups to turn on Trump like rabid dogs:

Articles of Impeachment for Donald John Trump

High crimes and misdemeanors is putting it lightly:

In the months preceding the Joint Session, President Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the Presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by the American people or certified by State or Federal officials. Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, DC. There, he reiterated false claims that ‘‘we won this election, and we won it by a landslide’’. He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore’’.

The evidence is overwhelming that Trump caused the attack to happen. Even before the election he was priming his lunatic followers to violently reject election results if he did not win, but that pre-attack rally was the straw that almost broke democracy's back. A pep rally before the big game, and that game was insurrection:

Blame the Republican Party for what happened yesterday

As usual, Rob Schofield hits several nails on their heads:

The list of important politicians who have known for years that Donald Trump was and is a criminally dangerous liar, race-baiter and traitor, and a malignant threat to American democracy is a long one.

And still, throughout almost all the last four-plus years, each of these individuals has not just stood passively by as Trump has run roughshod over the Constitution and countless core democratic values and norms, but affirmatively and cynically egged him on and/or aggressively defended him.

Before we talk about insurrection, let's scroll back a few days to see what Republican irresponsibility has accomplished. Trump's threatening phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State was actually set in motion almost a year ago, when Senate Republicans refused to punish him for making a threatening phone call to a foreign government leader. In both cases his personal political gain was at the root of his behavior, and both cases featured abuse of the power of his position. Back to the failed coup:

Sam Searcy resigns, recommends Sydney Batch for Senate seat

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Sounds like a fantastic idea:

The Wake County Democratic Party will vote to recommend either Batch or someone else to take Searcy’s place. Then, Gov. Roy Cooper must officially make the appointment.

In their first reelection bids, Batch lost by more than 3 points in an upset by Republican Erin Paré, while Searcy held onto his seat, beating Republican Mark Cavaliero.

In order to head off any potential foolishness by Wake Dems, a little reminder is in order: even though she was recuperating from painful breast cancer treatment, Sydney showed up for work at the General Assembly in order to uphold and defend Governor Cooper's Veto power. We're not just talking about an hour here or there; Republicans jiggled the schedule to intentionally catch Democrats off-guard, giving Sydney and others no respite. And by setting that example, she kept other Dems from faltering. She has earned that seat, and we need her in it. Full stop.

A desperate Trump is relying on fringe fraudsters to make his (non) case

Scraping a hole in the bottom of the barrel:

Powell told courts that the witness is an expert who could show that overseas corporations helped shift votes to President-elect Joe Biden. The witness’s identity must be concealed from the public, Powell has said, to protect her “reputation, professional career and personal safety.”

The Washington Post identified the witness by determining that portions of her affidavit match, sometimes verbatim, a blog post that the pro-Trump podcaster Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman published in November 2019. In an interview, Maras-Lindeman confirmed that she wrote the affidavit and said she viewed it as her contribution to a fight against the theft of the election.

This "expert" is a real piece of work. Not only has she (continuously) vastly inflated whatever academic credentials she may actually have, she has taken Stolen Valor to a whole new level:

UNC alum Sidney Powell has lost her mind

If she hasn't been disbarred yet, that needs to happen post haste:

At the Nov. 19 news conference, before a national television audience, she asserted that “communist money,” the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and a manipulated computer algorithm were all connected in a secret plot that had altered potentially millions of ballots and stolen the election from Trump.

In an interview two days later with the conservative outlet Newsmax, she said she had been given evidence — which she said she could not disclose — that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican and an ally of the president, had taken bribes and conspired to orchestrate Trump’s defeat.

Yeah, I mean, no. I don't trust Brian Kemp as far as I can throw his limousine, he pretty much stole his own election from Stacey Abrams. But if anything, he would have helped Trump cheat in Georgia. But it's a bunch of BS anyway, apparently part of Powell's very own grift campaign:

Reflecting on NC Election 2020: It’s the Racism, Stupid

As President-elect Biden prepares for a transition to a sane Presidency, despite the lack of cooperation from the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his creepy band of d-list lawyers, we in North Carolina are reflecting on Election 2020 and basically saying, “What the f**k did I just watch?”

The pundits on tv and at leading newspapers are wringing their hands over down-ballot races that went well for Republicans, wondering of the Democrats were too “far left” or if liberals didn’t spend enough time trying to “reach out” to those they disagree with.

But let’s get real here. Just what was this election all about?

You can waste time looking at campaign platforms, pressers with candidates, and those useless little voter guides that the BOE puts out for judges that tell you about the candidates in very polite terms. What NC voters respond to is news coverage and advertising. And that’s where the results of this election are very telling.

Newby pulls a Trump: Challenging mail-in votes in counties he lost

Because suppressing voters is apparently now considered Conservative Justice:

Republican Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby filed an election protest against the New Hanover County Board of Elections late Thursday evening in his race for Chief Justice against incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley. New Hanover is one of eight counties that received a similar protest from Newby in recent days, citing alleged absentee by-mail irregularities.

Newby trails behind Beasley by 5,007 votes in New Hanover County. At this point, all votes have been tabulated with no remaining ballots left to consider. However, because of Newby’s complaint, the New Hanover County Board of Elections certified canvass results in all contests except the Chief Justice and Attorney General’s race — the two contests Newby listed in his protest.

Aside from the fact he's just throwing poop against the wall to see what will stick, including the NC AG's race in his efforts is a gargantuan conflict of interest. He's trying to manipulate who will be coming before him (if he remains on the Court) in the vast majority of cases that are pushed up to the NC Supreme Court. Look at the docket if you doubt me. Billy Bob vs. the State of North Carolina is the bread, butter, and sweet tea of that august body, and stacking the AG's office with Conservative lawyers will give Newby even more influence than he could wield as Chief Justice alone. The fact he doesn't grasp that or doesn't care is just one more reason he's not qualified to even be a Supreme Court Justice, much less the Chief. But also like Trump, Newby is losing these battles swiftly:

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