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Sat Dec 26, 2020, 02:56 PM

Mike Pence Cannot Block the Certification of Joe Biden's Victory When the Senate Formally Counts

Electoral College Votes on Jan. 6th

President Donald Trump’s quest to overturn the results of the 2020 election have been rejected at every turn, resulting in an unprecedented string of court losses that have left the former “Apprentice” host and his supporters to pursue increasingly impractical efforts to remain in power. Chief among the latest exercises in futility is Trump imploring Vice President Mike Pence to prevent ratification of Joe Biden’s victory when the Senate counts the Electoral College votes next month.

The Electoral College formally selected Biden as the next U.S. President on December 14 when each state’s electors publicly cast their official votes. There is no mechanism for reversing these votes, and on Jan. 6, the House and Senate will meet to count those votes. Under the 12th Amendment, Pence is constitutionally mandated to preside over the joint session of Congress which will accomplish the task.

Trump on Wednesday retweeted a theory from one of his supporters calling for Pence to reject the certificates of votes from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, falsely claiming those states did not “receive a constitutionally permissible slate of electors.”

Unfortunately for Trump, legal experts say Pence has absolutely no authority, constitutional or otherwise, to prevent ratification of the electoral college votes. The Constitution states that Pence “shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.” The “shall” in the provision is an imperative command, unambiguously requiring the act be completed, making Pence’s role merely ceremonial.

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Reply Mike Pence Cannot Block the Certification of Joe Biden's Victory When the Senate Formally Counts (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2020 OP
Thekaspervote Dec 2020 #1
treestar Dec 2020 #2
elleng Dec 2020 #3
PCIntern Dec 2020 #4
Myrddin Dec 2020 #33
Joinfortmill Dec 2020 #5
SWBTATTReg Dec 2020 #6
Irish_Dem Dec 2020 #7
BComplex Dec 2020 #34
Irish_Dem Dec 2020 #35
kurtcagle Dec 2020 #8
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2020 #29
FakeNoose Dec 2020 #9
MineralMan Dec 2020 #10
StarfishSaver Dec 2020 #15
onenote Dec 2020 #28
wiggs Dec 2020 #11
Mr.Bill Dec 2020 #12
LymphocyteLover Dec 2020 #13
StarfishSaver Dec 2020 #16
Mr.Bill Dec 2020 #18
StarfishSaver Dec 2020 #22
Mr.Bill Dec 2020 #23
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2020 #30
LiberalLovinLug Dec 2020 #27
Laura PourMeADrink Dec 2020 #31
Fiendish Thingy Dec 2020 #17
SCantiGOP Dec 2020 #14
Mr.Bill Dec 2020 #19
ecstatic Dec 2020 #36
Cha Dec 2020 #20
ToxMarz Dec 2020 #21
subterranean Dec 2020 #24
Roy Rolling Dec 2020 #25
BarbD Dec 2020 #26
Voltaire2 Dec 2020 #32

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 02:59 PM

1. And if for some reason pence doesn't want to perform that duty, it changes nothing

Next in line to tally the votes would be grassley

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 02:59 PM

2. It's all past silliness now

In no way did the Founders intend any such up-ending of an election to be possible. These are mere formalities. No state would stand for it, either! To have your state's election annulled just because the incumbent did not like its result? It is only a pathetic attempt at disenfranchising the majority for no reason other than not liking the result, in a system they were fine with in 2016 when its technicalities did allow a loser to assume the office.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 03:00 PM

3. SHALL is the operative word,

he has no choice.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 03:00 PM

4. Yes and the oath of office which Trump repeated

Was that he shall faithfully execute blah blah blah. But he didn’t.

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 04:52 AM

33. Just what I'm thinking too. n/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 03:00 PM

5. So sick of this man-baby

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 03:06 PM

6. The world's biggest loser is also the world's biggest baby...why doesn't this POS grow up and

be an adult?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 03:41 PM

7. How nasty are the tweets going to be when Pence does not do Trump's bidding? nt

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 12:21 PM

34. Maybe the "base" will finally let the republican party go to pasture.

We can always hope.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #34)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 12:23 PM

35. I think the GOP is on its last legs. The base is the Trump party, not GOP. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:06 PM

8. Gaming Rules Lawyer

OVer the years, I've run a number of role-playing game sessions, from D&D to GURPS to Call of Cthulu. Every so often, we'd get someone in our group - usually male, teenaged or early twenties, and white - who would try to rule lawyer their way out of every negative action, throwing up every excuse they could find in the rules (which as GM, I generally treated more as guidelines anyway) for why their character's stupid action didn't get them fireballed, petrified, or losing their +5 Holy Sword of Greatness. Typically, once they saw how the landscape lay, they bailed to find some other group to try to take advantage of.

Trump reminds me a lot of these guys. He put the absolute minimal amount of work into any decision or initiative (which usually ended up being a boondoggle), and when he inevitably faced a day of reckoning and lost, he'd throw up every obstacle in the book, while simultaneously shouting abuse at the people who held him to task. What's worse, as each loophole he tried to exploit became more and more silly, even his allies would abandon him because he got in the way of actually playing the game.

Had Trump put some effort into stopping Covid-19, he would have had a second term. Had he bowed out gracefully when it became evident that Biden had beaten him, he might have been able to play a position as Kingmaker in the GOP moving forward, possibly even running for re-election in 2024. Now, I think even his closest associates have to recognize that Trump deserved to lose, which means that this will likely be the first, last, and only elected office that he will ever have. Good riddance to him.

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Response to kurtcagle (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 06:17 PM

29. Very astute!

Had Trump put some effort into stopping Covid-19, he would have had a second term. Had he bowed out gracefully when it became evident that Biden had beaten him, he might have been able to play a position as Kingmaker in the GOP moving forward, possibly even running for re-election in 2024


There's a strong element of laziness that led to his downfall. It's much easier to just lie. Good thing he's a narcissist because it made him think he was omnipotent and that everyone really did love him.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:09 PM

9. He only votes in the case of a tie

... and that only happens in the Senate, not in the Electoral College.


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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:18 PM

10. And, since he was the Republican candidate for VP,

a conflict of interest would block him from voting, even if there were a tie in the Senate about something regarding this tally of electoral votes.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:53 PM

15. There is nothing that would prohibit him from voting, even if there were a conflict of interest

 

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:56 PM

28. The only vote the Senate would take would be on a challenge to a electoral slate and Pence

could vote if a tie occurred in the Senate. There is nothing in the Constitution, the US Code, or the rules of the Senate that would preclude him from voting. Just as there would be nothing to prevent the Speaker of the House from voting if he/she was a nominee for President or Vice President.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:25 PM

11. It would be 'against the rules' certainly. Possibly unconstitutional. But how long would it take

to resolve, if he did try? Is there any reason to believe that trusting elected republicans to do the right thing is a reliable, valid practice?

What will he do when ALL eyes on are him to open and count the votes? Take the opportunity to delay? Take the opportunity to make a statement? Will he gavel down rowdy gop senators in the manner of Gore in 2000? Will there be protests outside trying to convince Pence and everyone else of the 'hoax?' Will he defer to Grassley? What is Trump telling Pence? Giving orders? Threatening to end the gop if Pence doesn't come through? Making a deal?

In the end, Biden will take office...but based on past behavior, a long record of ratfuckery, I have to think the gop will NOT make this an easy, normal process on Jan 6. With them, EVERYTHING is about the partisan battle and the ends always justify the means.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:47 PM

12. Just for the sake of a theoretical arguement,

What would happen if Pence stood there with the gavel and said "Because of obvious election fraud, the chair declines to accept the electoral votes from the following states..."

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:48 PM

13. exactly-- and how much pressure is Dump putting on him to do that?

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:54 PM

16. He has no power to accept or reject any electoral votes

 

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:06 PM

18. Sure, and this administration

has never tried to do something they don't have the power to do, right? If they did try this, the Trumpers would go nuts and say we "rammed it through anyway", just giving more creedence that this was a fraudulent election.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:34 PM

22. Again. He has no power to accept or reject the vote

 

You can come up with "what if?" scenarios until the end of time. That doesn't mean it's going to happen and doesn't mean it's going to work. In fact, it's just a waste of time and useful only to those who are looking for things to worry about.

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:36 PM

23. Thank you, I can read.

As I stated, this is a theoretical discussion. If you don't wish to participate, then simply don't.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 06:21 PM

30. Lol. "Thank you I can read!". You go Mr. Bill!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:53 PM

27. Yes, it would be inpecedented.

Is there written in law somewhere that if Pence says what you wrote above that he'd say, and declares fraud, would it follow that if he did that, and banged the gavel to close the session, that Grassley was backed by law, or written into the Constitution, a requirement that Grassley run up to the mic and say "no no no....its not adjourned.....I will do the the ratification, despite the VP's statement"?

I don't think, in the end, it would work, but perhaps it would drag it out for a few days, while they figured out what to do. During which OANN and NewMax maybe even a few at Fox would start celebrating. Rile up the red hats even more by getting their hopes up. Make them even more bitter and angry when a few days later Democrats or the courts find a way to get through it and ratify the results.

They could definitely use that little stunt to help keep alive the notion that Biden won illegally, and Pence bravely tried to reverse it. But Democrats, and the evil deep state, and activist judges, made sure that Pence was slapped down and installed Biden anyways.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 06:31 PM

31. Yes, could see them doing something for a momentary pause.

To gain attention that their crazy cause.

It would be interesting to know what Pence is thinking. Does he want to run in 2024? If yes, hard to know how to play it. If he tries to disrupt, it makes him look like a trump stoolie and loses normal people support. If he doesn't, he faces trump's wrath and could lose many potential crazy followers.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:59 PM

17. Worst case: President Pelosi. Nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 04:50 PM

14. I can't believe how many people here don't understand this

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Pence altering the submitted electoral votes would be no different than having a piece of legislation he doesn't endorse pass 55-45, and he instead announces that it has been defeated by 55-45.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:07 PM

19. And at this point neither would surprise me. n/t

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 27, 2020, 01:19 PM

36. I think what some people are asking is, who, specifically, would stop him if he tried

to pretend as if he had the power to stop the certification?

Who would grab the gavel and say, "No, Mr. Pence, you're mistaken. It doesn't work that way, sir..." Would we have to wait for the Supreme Court to step in?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:13 PM

20. Pence & the Fly are between a

rock & a hard place.

Who doesn't think he deserves that?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:22 PM

21. Can he stomp his feet

And refuse to open the certificates?

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Response to ToxMarz (Reply #21)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:48 PM

24. He could, and then someone else would have to do it.

A poster above said that the next person in line to count the votes would be Chuck Grassley.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:51 PM

25. Idiots

It’s an administrative function, like a clerk or cashier.

If you go to a bank, the cashier can’t dispense money to whomever they choose. The cashier just processes the money.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 05:52 PM

26. You have got to be kidding. Little, meek, frightened Mikey Pence standing up to the world?

I'm thinking he would like to be hiding somewhere -- probably some rock.

Is this why he is running out of town asap?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 26, 2020, 10:33 PM

32. No but he can accept, in fact has to accept,

all submitted slates of certified electors. The 12th is expanded by the Electoral Count Act of 1887, and that expansion opens the door to shenanigans by dishonest agents.

At a minimum the t-nazis can gum the process with 50 or so 2 hour interruptions to settle disputes.

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