Within the wake of a Trumpist mob storming the Capitol whilst some congressional Republicans tried to overturn the outcomes of the elections in a number of states from throughout the Capitol, some had hoped that sufficient of these Republicans would again down and permit the counting of electoral votes to conclude rapidly. That’s supposed to be a routine task, in any case. However Senate Republicans with 2024 presidential ambitions, like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, had been making an attempt to curry favor with Trump’s base after Donald spent the final two months convincing his voters that the election had been stolen, and had been intent on dragging it out.
After hours of lockdowns and hazard, that is Hawley’s concession: He’s nonetheless going to object to the counting of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. However then he’ll shut up and yield his time—all 5 minutes of it. Different members of Congress can yap to their hearts’ content material, or a minimum of for 5 minutes. So this can nonetheless be an extended evening on prime of an extended, traumatic day.
In different phrases, Hawley stated he thought it was so necessary to object to Arizona’s votes that it was value debating, however he didn’t point out Arizona when it was his flip to speak. After which Hawley thought it was so necessary to speak about Pennsylvania that he’s forcing the Home and Senate to take a seat by way of one other spherical of debate. However he’s not even going to hassle to say something.
Stunt voting in it’s most elementary kind.