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The two elections are not comparable and Raffensperger knows it.

It's a shame he felt the need to write an opinion piece that didn't stick to the current election . His performance and his public behavior were both so impressively professional -- until now. If he'd just kept his mouth shut we'd still be able to sing his praises. We needn't have bothered, because in this piece he manages to toot his own horn just fine.

So, he starts with a rebuke against trump, unfairly comparing trump and Stacey Abrams, then throws himself a bothsiderist pity party, closing by dancing as close to the line as he can in campaigning for the remaining Repub runoff candidates...

Many of my fellow Republicans are men and women of integrity. They demonstrate it each and every day: fighting for their constituents, fighting for liberty, and fighting for fair and reliable elections.

In times like these, we need leaders of integrity to guide us through.

Yep, he's a garden variety hypocritical Republican jerk after all. Ugh.

👆👆 The Hill can pretend to 'review' as much as they like. Further downthread:


Moe Murph· @MamurphyMaureen
Aug 23
Replying to @emptywheel
In her sworn testimony, Dr. Fiona Hill curtly dismissed both The Hill and Politico (John Solomon base) for being willing disseminators of, e.g., Giuliani Russia conspiracy theory.

Both publications should be read with a pile of salt at the ready, when/if read at all. I remember when the Solomon thing kicked up a year ago, it became obvious The Hill knew who he was from the beginning.


It's telling that Solomon has since set up his own news agency - I wonder how lucrative that actually is. Does he even get a straight gig anywhere now?

I don't care if trump tries to pardon himself, or gets Pence to do it.

Weissmann concluded, “In short, being president should mean you are more accountable, not less, to the rule of law.”

Yes. Strike down any attempt at a pardon. Not only should it be made clear that no president is allowed to self-pardon, no president should get a pardon. That should be one of the many things a president gives but never receives. No president should ever, ever again feel that he can away with anything as long as he has his get out of jail free card.

Despite the fact that the Mueller Investigation ultimately found no evidence of Russian collusion

Oh, we could go on all day about what that sentence really means, but there should be a proper investigation into collusion. The Mueller Investigation ended up being less than comprehensive in some ways, to put it kindly, and we have yet to see the entire report. Do over on that one, big time.

Go after him for federal crimes. I'm pretty sure trump's on the hook for international crimes. Throw the book at him again and again, every single book we can find. We will never again know true peace as a country if we don't.

I highly doubt her independence. Murphy had a WH minder installed right before the election.

White House attorney dispatched to agency blocking Biden transition - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Five days before the presidential election, the Trump administration dispatched attorney Trent Benishek of the White House general counsel’s office to the General Services Administration. [snip]

GSA put out a press release, which said that as the new general counsel of the GSA, as well as its top ethics official, Benishek would “advise in the formulation and promulgation of GSA policies and regulations, oversee the agency’s litigation, and provide overall direction.” [snip]

But one top official who was involved in the Obama transition in 2008 speculated that the young attorney was put there “to keep tabs on Murphy.” The former transition member, who would discuss the matter only on the condition of anonymity, went further, speculating that Benishek “was installed there so the [White House] could fire the administrator and chief of staff, then have [Benishek] take over the agency to stop the ascertainment,” a reference to the process the GSA undertakes during a presidential transition.

Though Murphy is a Republican, she is not a White House insider, meaning that she may not be fully trusted to do the president’s bidding.

Emily Murphy's letter is defensive as hell.

In true trumpian fashion, she spends most of her time in the letter talking about herself and how hard the experience has been for her, as well as finding excuses to push away blame. Her protests that she received no pressure from the Executive Branch were unnecessary, letting all of us know that it's very likely that's exactly what happened. She has the nerve to close the letter with comments regarding Biden's requirements in receiving services and funds from GSA.

Good riddance when she's gone, and I hope she is never given a position of any authority or significance again. Wow.

Posted without comment:

Republicans also blocked the SAFE Act. Because of course they did.

Jennifer Cohn Replying to @jennycohn1
Propagandists “omit or distort pertinent facts or simply lie,” & “try to divert...attention...from everything but their own propaganda.”

This is why Rs single out Dominion system vulnerabilities & political ties, but ignores ES&S system vulnerabilities & political ties 1/
6:43 PM · Nov 20, 2020

Jennifer Cohn Replying to @jennycohn1
3/ It’s also why Rs never mention that Democrats championed election-security legislation (the #SAFEAct) that would have required robust manual audits to confirm electronic results, but Republicans mercilessly blocked it.
6:47 PM · Nov 20, 2020

Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
Here is the final text of the House election-security bill called the #SAFEAct. https://congress.gov/116/bills/hr2722/BILLS-116hr2722eh.pdf

The first paragraph requires that all voters have the option to mark their ballots by hand and bans barcode voting systems (albeit without using the word "barcode" ): 1/ [image]
2:21 PM · Jul 2, 2019

Bill summary here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2722

Loeffler is not representing GA's interests but her own. She needs to GO.

More recently, Loeffler and Sprecher appear to have tapped another tax loophole for themselves, in the form of a provision in President Trump's 2017 tax bill that turns private jets into flying tax shelters. The couple bought the plane last December, when Loeffler was appointed to the Senate by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. She stepped down from ICE to take the job, but her husband is still CEO, and she still holds a stake worth half a billion dollars — and sits on a committee that regulates the business.

MeidasTouch.com @MeidasTouch
The DOJ dropped their investigation into Kelly Loeffler's insider trading shortly after her husband Jeffrey Sprecher, who owns the New York Stock Exchange, donated $1 million to Trump's super PAC. Corrupt! #LootingLoeffler

It's a projector set up across the street from the hotel.

There was a really interesting article a while back about how they do it.


Many high-level government buildings are off-limits for security reasons. But the Trump hotel — just blocks from the White House — is fair game. Bell learned that as long as his crew members are not blocking traffic, obstructing the sidewalk or shining lights in the hotel windows, they’re fine. Hotel security has called police, but there’s not much police can do and the crew is usually gone within about 30 minutes anyway.

“We know we’re allowed to do it. The police kind of know we’re allowed to do it. But it all kind of depends on the officer and their mood,” he said.

The Metropolitan Police Department said in an email that it “will not engage in any enforcement actions regarding light projections” unless there is an indication that a crime has been committed. [snip]

“The ones that work best are the ones that give people some sort of relief from all this political stress,” Bell said. “It’s a way of grieving and venting publicly.”

I am so furious.

GA managed to perform an honest, valid hand recount (which it kinda sorta had to wave a wand to do, given it was supposed to be an audit*) and found more votes for trump, yet he's still not satisfied because he still lost.


Screw their statement of how the media is covering it. The Secretary of the State of Georgia is reporting it, and how dare you attempt to undermine his authority. How dare you attempt to undermine the will of the voters in my state.

This is sedition. I am furious that he's using my state to try it. No, NOPE. Not going to happen.


* https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=14531983

eta -
Their big deal in GA has been about signatures. I have a few articles on how that is so BS, but it's late and I can't find them at the moment. I did find this, though.


A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots.

My, my. Fascinating, isn't it?
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