There’s simply no “there” there. Like, none.
Unbowed by that absence, Gohmert has plowed onward. And whereas the authorized case is a joke — and that’s placing it properly — it is value inspecting what would occur if Gohmert’s fantasy really got here true, and the way distinctly un-conservative it will all be.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Gohmert is profitable. And slightly than simply enjoying the ceremonial function of president of the Senate on January 6, Pence was empowered to decide on which electors are “authorized,” which, I suppose, would exclude the electors from states the place President-elect Joe Biden received however Trump has falsely instructed there was fraud, like Arizona and Georgia and Pennsylvania.
By doing so, Pence would single-handedly set up Trump as president for the following 4 years. And would set a precedent that the vp would retain the ability to decide on the president going ahead — it doesn’t matter what the precise in style vote or Electoral School regarded like.
Republicans are the celebration of shrinking the ability of the federal authorities and empowering state and native authorities, you may bear in mind. Which signifies that suing the vp with a view to permit him to single-handedly overturn the outcomes of a presidential election ought to be completely anathema to individuals who name themselves conservatives or Republicans. As a result of it will create a federal authorities that’s omnipotent, in a position to journey over the whims (and votes) of the states.
This wholesale abandonment of basic pillars of conservatism in pursuit of creating Trump president for 4 extra years, then, is not new. Nevertheless it is a exceptional testomony to how far some (many?) Republicans have strayed away from the essential ideas of their celebration with a view to worship on the altar of Trump.