Wait, what am I saying?
Iowa certified Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican, as the winner in the state’s 2nd Congressional District by nearly the thinnest of margins, defeating Democrat Rita Hart by only six votes. Hart hasn’t challenged the result. What she has done is to ask Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, to have her House majority seat Hart anyway. The theory, apparently, is that this strategy will force Iowa to review the current ballot count. Right now, the Miller-Meeks victory will be investigated by the House Administration Committee.
The Washington Times, which reported this last night, says, “The refusal by a Democrat to accept certified results is likely to fuel supporters of Mr. Trump, who believes he has valid reasons for contesting his apparent loss.” Ya think?
If you want a “literal civil war,” as some illiterate conservative hotheads are already claiming we have, this is a great way to push us in that direction, and I might grab a musket myself. Are Democrats really so deluded and power mad that they would try to seat a defeated House candidate by fiat in defiance of the state’s certification even as they deride the President’s campaign for challenging the results in several key states where vote-counting shenanigans appeared to be rampant?
I fear they are.
It doesn’t matter that there’s a precedent for what Hart is asking for.
The Congressional Research Service says that in n one case from the 1980s, both the incumbent Democrat and his Republican challenger who had been certified the winner in Indiana, were given staff and paid salaries, though neither was sworn in while the House did its own investigation.
Congress oversaw a recount and ruled that the Democrat incumbent won by four votes. If that happens now, look out.Talk about the appearance of impropriety. Talk about looming totalitarianism and one-party rule. Talk about tossing a match in a bone-dry forest. Talk about pouring gasoline on the flames.Talk about crazy.
This isn’t the 1980’s. House Democrats should know that when almost half the country believes the Presidential election was stolen by the Democrats is not the time to exploit an arcane political maneuver and declare the losing candidate in a House race as the winner.
That would obviously be irresponsible and dangerous, and Democratic ethics alarms should be ringing out like the bells of St. Mary’s. The frightening part is that I have seen little evidence that Nancy Pelosi, or any of the Democratic leadership, have functioning ethics alarms. I think there’s a good chance they will try this, and use Mitch McConnell’s legal but unethical trick to keep Merrick Garland off the Supreme Court as its rationalization.
After all, the Democrats have been committed to acquiring power by any means necessary for four years. Why would they suddenly pay attention to ethics now?
Pointer: Diego Garcia