None of this may reach overturning the election, thoughts you. The Home Republican efforts to problem the electoral outcomes primarily based on freak conspiracy theories have no probability of success, a truth nonetheless fully misplaced on Trump colon-dwellers like Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who’s selling the scheme. Pence’s personal position is usually ceremonial. He will get to learn out who received probably the most votes and subsequently received; if he needed to strip off his garments, don a diaper, and go on a raging floor-kicking tantrum proclaiming that up is down and all of the Biden votes are literally Trump votes he might accomplish that, but it surely’s not clear it might have any substantive results past being ejected from the constructing.
With the potential exception of Brooks and some different bonafide dumbasses, all concerned perceive that objections to the Electoral School totals can be for the sake of spectacle, not outcomes. It will be yet one more little bit of propaganda aimed toward publicly discrediting the brand new non-Republican chief, a stepping-stone and dedication to imminent declarations that the brand new administration is just not solely their ideological enemy, however illegitimate. Home Republicans intend it as a furtherance of the grand hoax—the proclamation that as a result of the Republican didn’t win, the votes themselves are illegitimate.
It’s the hallmark of many collapsing democracies. Sooner or later, the authoritarian faction declares that elections are too corrupt to really replicate the desire of the nation, and so the faction leaders will themselves interpret the desire of the nation. People who object are punished.
On this specific case, nonetheless, (most) Home Republicans don’t sincerely intend to win. However neither would they really feel chagrined if their actions additional provoked the kind of far-right violence seen in Washington, D.C., this weekend—the very public suggestion that non-Republican rule can merely not be tolerated by the unwashed lots, and that their non-Republican opponents ought to start considering their very own security in the event that they intend to proceed thwarting Republican calls for. That’s the aim behind practically all of this nonsense: to delegitimize; to place the stochastic notion in public heads that if The Base suffers a setback in its ambitions, it may possibly solely be as a result of The Base was conspired in opposition to. It was conspired in opposition to by the city, and the globalists, and the socialists.
Again to the hook, although—now that’s fascinating. We’re requested to wonder if Mike Pence, a person who has eagerly debased himself at each flip, who has peddled each lie requested of him, who steadily moved from studious silence to blustering protection, as Trump moved from crassness to incompetence to corruption, who allied himself with white nationalism and with every sponsored cruelty, a maudlin performative Christian who has led Trump’s personal efforts to persuade white conservative believers that there’s something resembling divinity within the tax-dodging, bank-frauding, rapist boor—we’re requested to ponder whether or not Trump leather-based insole Mike Pence would make an ass of himself right here, for an effort completely assured to fail, for the only objective of delegitimizing Trump’s enemy and making the boom-boom man barely much less bitter than he in any other case can be for a couple of subsequent hours.
Is there an opportunity Mike Pence would not?