That was the recording the lovely and brilliant Grace Bowen Marshall and I danced to at our wedding reception. An old fashioned tune, you say? Hell, it was old-fashioned then. After an uproarious party featuring the combined talents of my two performing groups, The Showstoppers and The Music Lobby, seasoned by my cherished friend Jay Silva’s saxophone rendition of “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.” I performed “Let a Woman in Your Life” (from “My Fair Lady”), and it was off to the historic Hay-Adams hotel (across from the White House) and from there to a cozy Civil War era inn near Charlottesville, where the charming host brought us breakfast in bed, and his cat and dog slept with us. As I said: cozy.
And thus began a great adventure that still has some twists and turns, battles, defeats and triumphs to reveal.
What a wonderful day.
1. Stay classy, Jenna!
You know, once upon a time a public utterance like this would be viewed as a breach of legal professionalism, if not an outright ethics violation. By the standards of past Trump lawyers like Michael Cohen, however, it seems positively quaint.
This kind of thing is why I caution lawyers to avoid Twitter.
I should also mention that a male lawyer who made the equivalent slur about a woman’s anatomy—especially if the woman were a Democrat, which Frank Luntz is not, would have the social media cancel posses after him with a rope.
2. Res Ipsa Loquitur?
Unfortunate slogan that, in light of the current controversy.
3. Alan Dershowitz is still trying to maintain objectivity among the madness. None of the mainstream media sources will talk to him any more (Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!) , but nonetheless, he says that the Trump campaign has legitimate claims to make, and some small but valid routes to victory. Dershowitz told Fox Business yesterday,
For example, in Pennsylvania, they have two very strong legal arguments. One, that the courts changed what the legislature did about counting ballots after the end of Election Day. That’s a winning issue in the Supreme Court. I don’t necessarily support it, but it’s a winning issue in the Supreme Court,” . The team, meanwhile, has “a winning issue in the Supreme Court on equal protection, that some counties flawed ballots to be cured while others didn’t. Bush v. Gore suggests that an Equal Protection argument can prevail…The other legal theory they have, which is a potentially strong one, is that the computers, either fraudulently or by glitches, changed hundreds of thousands of votes. There, there are enough votes to make a difference, but I haven’t seen the evidence to support that…So, in one case, they don’t have the numbers. In another case, they don’t seem yet to have the evidence, maybe they do. I haven’t seen it. But the legal theory is there to support them if they have the numbers and they have the evidence [but] you need to have witnesses, experts subject to cross-examination, and findings by a court…Their strongest case, if they have the evidence, is that computers may have turned hundreds of thousands of votes.
Good for Dershowitz. It is completely legitimate and ethical for the President to explore and pursue these options…if the evidence is there. It is also important for a credible, non-Trumpist commentator to put the AUC’s rush to end the election in proper perspective.
4. Then there is Jonah Goldberg, the NeverTrump conservative blogger who appears to have a Jennifer Rubin-level Trump Hate virus. In this bias-tainted screed, he claims that “The president of the United States is trying to steal an election he clearly and unequivocally lost.” Goldberg forfeits all credibility with this “Orange Man Bad” nonsense. Never mind that he’s supposed to be a conservative; this is irresponsible no matter who spouts it
And look! The President has just authorized the GSA transition process to commence, though he says, “I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
Boy, what kind of way is that to steal an election? He can’t do anything right!