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Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:34 PM

If Louie Gohmert is right, we might have had Presidents Al Gore and Hillary Clinton

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/29/opinions/louie-gohmert-meritless-lawsuit-honig/index.html

If Louie Gohmert is right, we might have had Presidents Al Gore and Hillary Clinton
Opinion by Elie Honig
Updated 11:12 AM ET, Tue December 29, 2020

(CNN) Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert's federal lawsuit seeking to empower Vice President Mike Pence in his "discretion" to unilaterally reject certain Electoral College votes -- specifically and conveniently, the ones that went for President-elect Joe Biden from key swing states -- is dead on arrival and accomplishes nothing beyond giving false hope to the last and most reality-resistant of the election deniers.

Here's the easiest way to understand why Gohmert's lawsuit is so ridiculous. If Gohmert was right -- if the vice president could, at his own whim, simply discard certain electoral votes while accepting others, then on January 6, 2017, Vice President Joe Biden could have decided to install President Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump. And on January 6, 2001, Vice President Al Gore could have named himself the winner of the 2000 election. Vice President Dan Quayle could have declared from the lectern to Congress on January 6, 1993, that President George H.W. Bush had actually defeated challenger Bill Clinton in the 1992 election. Vice President Walter Mondale could have done the same for Jimmy Carter in January 1981. You can see the absurdity here.

Gohmert's lawsuit simply ignores -- defies, really -- the Constitution and federal law. The vice president's role in counting electoral votes (in his constitutional capacity as the presiding officer of the Senate) is entirely ceremonial, limited by law to "open[ing]" and "reading" the results of the states' electoral ballots.

The law does permit Congress -- not the vice president -- to raise "objections" to the electoral count. And while some in Congress might exploit this procedure next week to put on a show, ultimately it won't change a thing about Biden's win in the 2020 presidential election.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:37 PM

1. If you looked inside Gomer's head...

All you'd see is a miniature dung heap with some flies buzzing around

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:39 PM

2. "You can see the absurdity here."

Quite easily - simply look at a picture of Congressman Louie Gohmert.


Come on, Texas - how many more times are you going to do this?

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 01:50 PM

3. One party rule for the rest of time

Sounds like totalitarianism to me.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 06:36 PM

4. And President Humphrey and second terms for Jimmy Carter and George HW Bush

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 01:52 AM

5. Yeah, seriously, we're talking about the most unhinged looney idiot in Congress, so...

He needs to take aspersions on the asparagus of the election:

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