By now you’ve heard concerning the tape that AJC and WaPo obtained, placing stress on an unmoving GA SoS Brad Raffensperger.:
Extra to return on this.
Is what Trump did unlawful? Probably, but someone has to press charges.
Trump’s stress on Georgia election officers raises authorized questions
In audio from a Saturday telephone name, the president is heard urging the officers to reverse his loss.
POLITICO has confirmed the recording, which was first obtained by The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The leaked audio comes as Congress is ready to certify the Electoral Faculty votes on Wednesday. Not less than 12 incoming and present Republican senators, together with effectively over 100 Republican representatives, have stated they’re going to problem the outcomes primarily based on unsupported allegations of voter fraud.
Bear in mind, he can’t pardon his means out of state violations. However he can pardon household and self.
Heather Cox Richardson/Substack:
The try of the senators to get Congress to nominate an investigatory committee into alleged fraud within the election is harmful and unprecedented, and so they comprehend it. Of their assertion, they tried to counsel they’re merely following the precedent established by Congress after the chaotic 1876 election, however the two conditions are very completely different.
In 1876, elections had been organized by the events themselves and had been notoriously corrupt. Events printed their very own ballots in a particular coloration with solely their very own slate of electors. Males dropped the ballots for his or her social gathering, unmarked, right into a field, however their votes weren’t secret: how males voted was apparent from the coloured ballots, on the very least. Politicians watching the polls knew precisely what the counts can be, and it was common for poll containers to be both stuffed or damaged open earlier than outcomes had been reported.
In Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina in 1876, Democrats appeared to have received the election, however there was no dispute that they’d terrorized Republican voters to maintain them from the polls. The outcomes had been a hopeless mess: in South Carolina, for instance, 101% of all eligible voters forged ballots. Florida and Louisiana each reported extra cheap numbers of voters, however they every despatched competing units of electors to Congress. In each states, completely different officers signed off on completely different certificates of election, so it was under no circumstances clear which certificates was the official one. On this utter confusion, Congress established a committee to determine what had really occurred.
None of that’s the case in the present day. The processes had been clear and noticed by Republicans in addition to Democrats. The Trump marketing campaign had the suitable to problem vote counts and did so; every turned up just about the identical consequence as the unique rely: Biden received, by so much. Every state within the nation has delivered to Congress licensed outcomes which were signed by the state governors, who these days have the ultimate say within the state certification course of.
Steve Schmidt (flippantly edited):
The die is forged for the Republican Social gathering. It will likely be destroyed on January sixth in a lot the identical means the Whig social gathering was destroyed by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. The act unraveled the Missouri compromise and allowed for the westward growth of slavery.
The social gathering couldn’t survive its factionalism. There might be no extra lodging, compromise and partnership between pro-slavery and anti-slavery Whigs. A brand new political social gathering was born, the Republican Social gathering. That social gathering will divide into irreconcilable factions on January sixth.
The sixth will start a political civil struggle contained in the GOP. The autocratic facet will roll over the pro-democracy remnant of the GOP just like the Wehrmacht did the Belgian Military in 1940. The ‘22 GOP major season can be a blood letting. The sixth can be a loyalty check. The purge will comply with. Does anyone doubt the end result of the @IvankaTrump vs. @marcorubio major in Florida? Anybody prepared to make a guess on @robportman?
It seems JFK was proper. The issue of making an attempt to journey the tiger is the probability of winding up contained in the tiger. The toxic fruit from 4 years of collaboration and complicity with Trumps madness, illiberalism and incompetence are prepared for harvest. It would kill the GOP as a result of it’s Professional Democracy faction and Autocratic factions can no extra exist collectively then may the Whig Social gathering maintain collectively
the abolitionist with the Slave grasp.
Charles Bethea/New Yorker:
Can Democrats Win Georgia—and the Senate?
So as to take action, the candidates will want excessive voter turnout in a state the place it tends to drop throughout runoffs, particularly among the many Social gathering’s personal supporters.
Per week later, I known as [Nsé Ufot, the C.E.O. of the New Georgia Project]. “I really feel actually good,” she instructed me. She had simply left an early-voting location, the place she’d been giving out water and “scrumptious pudding.” She was headed to a suburban Atlanta county that went for Biden. “Persons are undoubtedly voting,” she stated, regardless of “how exhausting the G.O.P. goes after voting rights and voting places.” She stated that there have been eighty counties the place Republicans had been difficult the voter rolls, principally unsuccessfully. Of those efforts, she stated, “We really feel like they’re designed to place up hurdles that make it tough for folks to vote.” However she sounded optimistic. By the top of early voting, greater than three million Georgians had forged their ballots, and the early information appeared to favor the Democrats: there have been 1000’s of latest voters, a excessive share of Black voters, and considerably decrease turnout—to date; Election Day voting might rebalance issues—in conservative components of the state. The county that had come closest to matching its November complete was Randolph, a poor county within the Black Belt, which has been ravaged by the pandemic. Ufot’s hopeful tone jogged my memory of the most important applause line on the Biden rally, which was delivered, not surprisingly, by Warnock. “It’s darkish,” he’d stated. “However morning is on the best way. Maintain on.”
Early voting ends with report 3M Georgia voters for US Senate runoffs
Turnout stayed robust throughout this vacation week, with greater than 150,000 folks casting in-person votes every day, just like the tempo seen within the last days of early voting earlier than the final election.
The heaviest turnout got here in areas that lean Democratic and embrace early and absentee voting, together with the sixth and 4th congressional district in metro Atlanta.
Whereas turnout in rural areas was typically decrease than the remainder of the state, some populated counties like Chatham and Richmond additionally had subpar early voting numbers.
Contaminated after 5 minutes, from 20 toes away: South Korea examine exhibits coronavirus’s unfold indoors
The examine — including to a rising physique of proof on airborne transmission of the virus — highlighted how South Korea’s meticulous and infrequently invasive contact tracing regime has enabled researchers to intently observe how the virus strikes via populations.
“On this outbreak, the distances between infector and contaminated individuals had been … farther than the commonly accepted 2 meter [6.6 foot] droplet transmission vary,” the examine’s authors wrote. “The rules on quarantine and epidemiological investigation have to be up to date to replicate these components for management and prevention of COVID-19.”
KJ Seung, an infectious illness professional and chief of technique and coverage for the nonprofit Companions in Well being’s Massachusetts COVID response, stated the examine was a reminder of the chance of indoor transmission as many countries hunker down for the winter. The official definition of a “shut contact” — quarter-hour, inside 6 toes — isn’t foolproof.