When I was a kid, I remember going over to a family friend’s house to watch the UH Cougars play North Carolina State in the NCAA Championship game. The Cougars had two future Hall of Famers on their team and were full of All-American types. The N.C. State squad had a bunch of guys no one remembers nearly 40 years later.
As a ten year old, I had no idea of the strategy that Jim Valvano was using. He slowed everything down and constantly fouled. UH frequently missed their free throws and so the game remained close. All they needed was one broken play at the right time and they became national champions.
The Trump legal team is one for 32 in their legal challenges. They’ve made motions, withdrawn motions, and resubmitted motions in an attempt to run out the clock. This strategy came into more focus after it was revealed that Donald Trump himself called two members of the county board in Michigan personally after they had voted to certify the election in their county. Of course, no one knows exactly what was said, but the two wanted to take their votes back after that conversation.
Lindsay Graham called the secretary of state in Georgia to ask him the same thing. Similar calls have been made to Arizona and Nevada as well. The Giuliani legal super team has been fighting the good fight in Pennsylvania with a record so inept that Rich Kotite would be offended. Apparently, all of these aforementioned public officials have been getting death threats. I’m sure the Trump team has nothing to do with that.
When democracy is not on your side and the law is not on your side you stall. That’s what this is all about. If the votes don’t go their way then they cry fraud. If they can’t produce evidence of fraud then they stall through any means necessary. If the states can’t certify the elections then the legislatures (most of whom are GOP dominated) release their own electors. If that doesn’t work they hope it gets thrown to the House of Representatives to vote by state. Even though the Democrats control the House, more state delegations are dominated by the GOP. If that doesn’t work, he has a 6-3 Supreme Court on his side.
It’s staggering when you add it all up. He is trying to subvert the will of the people and the laws on the books to overturn an election. This is a coup. There might not be a single shot or a single drop of blood shed, but it is still a coup and it staggering the imagination how many fail safes he would manage to surpass to get this done.
Joe Biden: 51.1%– 79.7 million
Donald Trump: 47.2%– 73.7 million
That’s four percentage points and six million votes (give or take). Elections are not basketball games. They aren’t football games. Yet, even if they were you have never heard of a team winning a game as clearly as Biden has won and somehow being declared the loser. We all have seen what we have seen. We know the score here.
Like N.C. State, the Trump team is hoping you will be lured into a false sense of security. Sure, Rudy looks stupid with his hair dye running down his face. Sure, he sounds stupid uttering lines from My Cousin Vinny out of court and sounding like a deranged lunatic in court. Sure, the Fox talking heads aren’t fooling anyone when they talk about how brilliant Rudy is. He is the rodeo clown. The rodeo clown distracts the bull long enough for the cowboy to escape to safety. He can do that with hair dye, conspiracy theories, or misreading lines from a Hollywood hit from the old days. Nothing about it is brilliant unless we take our eye off the ball.
Somewhere along the way the Republicans stopped believing in democracy. If you are a Republican and you aren’t speaking out against this then you belong in the same jail cell as Trump. I once thought we could get by and not prosecute members of this administration, but I’m done. Throw them all in jail and throw away the key. They have committed treason and that is the nicest possible thing I can say about them.