Well, that’s something.
GOP Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri announced yesterday that he would object to Congress’s certification of the Electoral College results on January 6 as “an effort to highlight the failure” of states “to follow their own election laws as well as the unprecedented interference of Big Tech monopolies in the election.” “Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard,” he said in a statement. “I will object on Jan. 6 on their behalf.”
In other words, this is symbolic political theater, nothing more, nothing less. The Constitution requires that challenges to the certification process, which are completely legal, be approved by majorities in both the House and Senate. That;s not going to happen, obviously, and Hawley’s statement makes that clear.
And yet here is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose status as a favorite of my Democrats friends among the contenders for the Presidential nomination highlighted just how awful that field was, tweeted this:
“This is how you run for President on the Republican side in 2024. You join a coup attempt. Democracy will prevail. As lead Dem on Rules Committee, I will guarantee it. There’s a bipartisan group of electeds who will put our country first. See you on the 6th!”
That’s pretty shameless coming from a Democrat whose party tried one soft coup attempt after another since 2016, including a contrived impeachment without evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and a relentless investigation designed to undermine trust and support of the President. Then there’s the fact, revealed in the New York Times, that in the last three decades, every time a Republican won the election, Democrats in Congress challenged the certification of that election, and when a Democrat won the Presidency, Congressional Republicans did not challenge the certification. Does Klobuchar believe that her party attempted coups in 2000, 2004 and 2016? She’s deliberately mischaracterizing Hawley’s action, but then that’s Amy.
And there’s this:
Walmart took the tweet down, and a spokesperson apologized, saying,
“The tweet was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team who intended to publish this comment to their personal account.We have removed the post and have no intention of commenting on the subject of certifying the electoral college. We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position”
Back in the good old days of The Ethics Scoreboard, EA’s predecessor, I had a regular feature called “The David Manning Liar of the Month.” This was to recognize a particularly annoying species of lie, one that is so obviously a falsehood that it insults the intelligence of everyone who reads or hears it, in addition to being dishonest. Who could possibly believe that the staffer who tweeted to a US Senator from an account that says “Walmart” on it “intended to publish the comment to their personal account”?
I don’t trust companies, politicians or anyone else who casually make ridiculous and inherently unbelievable public excuses like this. It means they will lie even when it’s hopeless to lie, and rely on the proclivity of so many people to literally believe anything. Walmart should have written, “Unfortunately, we hire minimum wage kids withe judgement of puppies to run our social media accounts, and this is the kind of thing that happens as a result. I guess it’s time we actually started paying attention to who we allow to represent the Walmart name on the web.”
Hawley’s grandstanding is a waste of time, but at least he helped us learn more reasons not to trust Amy Klobuchar and Walmart.