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Debbie Downers will always find stuff to complain about, but I’m still blissed-out by the election results. We did so much to take down the orange fascist for four years, and at the end of the day, so many of our institutions and checks on power failed us utterly… but we could still vote him out. Celebrate yourselves! We did it! After all of those attempts at voter suppression (many of them successful) and all of that ratf–king by conservatives, and we STILL voted him out. It’s amazing.
Well, this week is going to be Republicans Coming To Terms With Loss. So many of them are already crying and asking for time to sort through their feelings, which is particularly funny from the F–k Your Feelings administration. Mitt Romney is one of the few Republicans currently in office to admit the obvious, which is that they lost. Mitch McConnell is silent as the grave, and Lindsey Graham is still all-in on Trump. Lady G was on Fox News yesterday and he said this: “If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again. President Trump should not concede. We’re down to less — 10,000 votes in Georgia. He’s going to win North Carolina. We have gone from 93,000 votes to less than 20,000 votes in Arizona, where more — more votes to be counted.” Err- yeah, Trump is going to win North Carolina. Arizona is a toss up, but I’m pretty sure Biden will win there by a narrow margin when all the votes are counted. But Lady G is right about one thing: if the GOP gets their way and codifies voter suppression and ratf–king into the system, that’s truly their only shot at ever winning a national election again.
Meanwhile, George W. Bush said words on Sunday about the Biden-Harris victory. Again, he’s one of the few Republicans to admit that President-Elect Joe Biden won fair and square.
In a statement, Mr. Bush revealed he spoke with Mr. Biden and Harris on the phone and said he offered the president-elect “my prayers for his success and my pledge to help in any way I can.” The former president also marked Harris’s historic election, as she will be the first woman vice president and the first Black vice president.
“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”
“The fact that so many of our fellow citizens participated in this election is a positive sign of the health of our democracy and a reminder to the world of its strength,” Bush said. “No matter how you voted, your vote counted. President Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, and any unresolved issues will be properly adjudicated. The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear. He [Trump] earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans — an extraordinary political achievement,” Bush said. “They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.”
“The challenges that face our country will demand the best of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris — and the best of us all,” he said. “We must come together for the sake of our families and neighbors, and for our nation and its future. There is no problem that will not yield to the gathered will of a free people. Laura and I pray for our leaders and their families. We ask for God’s continued blessings on our country. And we urge all Americans to join us in wishing our next President and Vice President well as they prepare to take up their important duties.”
[From CBS News & People]
“No matter how you voted, your vote counted. President Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, and any unresolved issues will be properly adjudicated. The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.” That’s a pretty interesting statement, right? He’s saying Trump has every right to be a suckbaby and threaten lawsuits all over the place, but when all is said and done, the outcome is clear and Joe Biden won. Whew. Also: notable that when all was said and done, none of the Bushes endorsed Biden. Or Trump.
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