By now you've heard of the tape AJC and WaPo received that put pressure on an immovable GA SoS Brad Raffensperger:
"I never thought it was appropriate to speak to the president," but adds that Trump's staff pushed for the call. "The data he has is just wrong."
– Rick Klein (@rickklein) January 4, 2021
Is what Trump did illegal? Probably, but someone has to bring charges.
Trump's pressure on Georgia election officials raises legal issues
Audio from a phone call on Saturday heard the President urging officials to reverse his loss.
POLITICO has confirmed the recording that was first received from the Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The leaked audio comes as Congress is due to confirm the vote of the electoral college on Wednesday. At least 12 new and current Republican senators and well over 100 Republican officials have announced that they will question the results over unsupported allegations of electoral fraud.
Remember, he cannot forgive his way out of state violations. But he can forgive family and himself.
Apparently the three main wings of the GOP at the moment are:
– Anti-democracy because of racism
– Anti-democracy because greedy
– Anti-democracy because stupid
– David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) January 3, 2021
Heather Cox Richardson / Substack:
The Senators' attempt to get Congress to appoint a committee of inquiry into alleged electoral fraud is dangerous and unprecedented, and they know it. In their statement, they tried to suggest that they simply follow the precedent that Congress set after the chaotic elections of 1876, but the two situations are very different.
In 1876, elections were organized by the parties themselves and were notoriously corrupt. The parties printed their own ballot papers in a distinctive color using just their own electoral roll. Men dropped the ballot papers for their party unmarked in a box, but their votes were not secret: how men voted was at least evident from the colored ballot papers. Politicians watching the polls knew exactly what the numbers would be, and it was not uncommon for ballot boxes to be either stuffed or broken open before results were reported.
In Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, the Democrats appeared to have won the election in 1876, but there was no doubt that they had terrorized Republican voters to keep them from voting. The result was a hopeless mess: in South Carolina, for example, 101% of all eligible voters cast ballots. Florida and Louisiana both reported more reasonable numbers of voters, but they each sent competing groups of voters to Congress. In both states, different officials signed different ballot papers so it was not at all clear which one was the official one. In this utter confusion, Congress set up a committee to find out what actually happened.
None of that is the case today. The processes were transparent and watched by both Republicans and Democrats. The Trump campaign had, and did, the right to dispute the vote count. each gave practically the same result as the original count: Biden won a lot. Every state in the country has submitted certified results to Congress, signed by the state governors who have the final say in the state certification process today.
By focusing on Georgia and refusing to profile Trump's ineffective thrashing, Biden lets the Republican Party fight itself, while Dems fight to retake Congress. Amazing how people still distrust Biden's political instincts no matter how often he's right. https://t.co/qjOoprkKJ9
– Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) January 3, 2021
Steve Schmidt (slightly edited):
The die has been cast for the Republican Party. It will be destroyed on January 6th in the same way that the Whig Party was destroyed by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. The law unraveled the Missouri Compromise and allowed slavery to expand westward.
The party could not survive its factionism. There could be no more shelter, no compromise and no partnership between slavery and slavery. A new political party was born, the Republican Party. This party will split up into irreconcilable factions on January 6th.
The 6th will start a political civil war within the GOP. The autocratic side will roll over the democracy-friendly remnant of the GOP, as the Wehrmacht did in 1940 with the Belgian army. High GOP season 22 is going to be a bloodshed. The 6th will be a loyalty test. The purge will follow. Does anyone have any doubts about the outcome of the @ IvankaTrump vs. @ marcorubio Elementary school in florida? Anyone ready to place a bet @robportman?
It turned out that JFK was right. The problem with trying to ride the tiger is the likelihood of ending up in the tiger. The poisonous one fFour years of collaboration and complicity with Trump's madness, illiberalism and incompetence are ready for harvest. It will kill the GOP because the pro-democracy faction and the autocratic faction cannot co-exist any more than the Whig party can hold together
the abolitionist with the slave master.
I don't use the word fascist lightly (https://t.co/RXRaXm85f3), but Senate Republicans and the people around Trump, including Pence, are trying to overthrow a free and fair election. Gohmert calls for violence. Rule of law = party political bias. The Republican Party is against democracy.
– Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) January 3, 2021
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Can Democrats Win Georgia and the Senate?
To do this, candidates need high voter turnout in a state where it tends to decline during the runoff election, especially among the party's own supporters.
A week later I called (Nsé Ufot, the C.E.O. of the New Georgia Project). "I feel really good," she told me. She had just left an early voting place selling water and "yummy pudding". She was on her way to a suburb of Atlanta that decided on Biden. “People are definitely voting,” she said, “how hard the GOP is striving for voting rights and voting sites.” She said there were eighty counties where Republicans challenged the electoral roll, mostly unsuccessfully. Regarding those efforts, she said, “We believe that they are designed to overcome hurdles that make it difficult for people to vote. "But she sounded optimistic. By the end of the early voting, more than three million Georgians had cast their votes, and the early dates seemed like them Favoring Democrats: There have been thousands of new voters, a high percentage of black voters, and a slightly lower turnout – so far; Election Day elections can rebalance things – in conservative parts of the state, the county closest to November Randolph was a poor black belt county hit by the pandemic, Ufot's hopeful tone reminded me of d The greatest applause at the Biden rally, which was not surprisingly delivered by Warnock. "It's dark," he said. “But the morning is on its way. Please wait."
. @ chucktodd to @senronjohnson: "You have made an allegation of widespread fraud, you have not provided concrete evidence of this widespread fraud, but you are requesting an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud. Essentially, you are the arsonist here. "
– Meet the press (@MeetThePress) January 3, 2021
The early vote ends with a record 3 million Georgia voters for runoff elections in the U.S. Senate
The turnout remained high during this holiday week. More than 150,000 people cast in-person votes every day, similar to the last days of early voting before the general election.
The largest turnout was in areas that are democratic and include early and absentee votes, including the 6th and 4th Congressional Districts in Metro Atlanta.
While voter turnout in rural areas was generally lower than in the rest of the state, some populous districts like Chatham and Richmond also had below-average area codes.
African American voters make up 40.2% of the 112,886 Georgians who voted in the runoff but did not vote in the general election. 32.3% of the registered voters in the state are African American.
– Tom Bonier (@tbonier) January 3, 2021
Infected after 5 minutes from 20 feet away: South Korea study shows that the coronavirus is spreading indoors
The study, which contributed to growing evidence of airborne transmission of the virus, highlighted how South Korea's meticulous and often invasive contact tracing regime has enabled researchers to closely track the movement of the virus through populations.
"In this outbreak, the distances between the infector and infected people were … further than the generally accepted droplet transmission range of 2 meters (6.6 feet)," the study authors wrote. "The quarantine and epidemiological investigation guidelines need to be updated to reflect these factors for the control and prevention of COVID-19."
KJ Seung, an infectious disease expert and director of strategy and policy for the nonprofit partners in Healthy's COVID response in Massachusetts, said the study was a reminder of the risk of indoor transmission as many nations squat for the winter. The official definition of "close contact" – 15 minutes, within 6 feet – is no easy feat.
I think a big question for reporters is how you treat the Republican Party and those whose members have shown they are against democracy. I mean, would you interview Jefferson Davis about taxes or health care? Is a position they hold more important than rejecting the election?
– Steve Liesman (@steveliesman) January 2, 2021
So now, as in 2015, if there were 54 Republican Senators and 247 House Members, is there any reason to believe that they would not vote to reverse the results? and b) what would happen then?
– Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 2, 2021
They have no respect for anything other than power and they are a stain on the office they hold.
– Tatter (@tatter_rags) January 3, 2021
That's pretty raw authoritarianism. No fig leaf here.
– Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 3, 2021