Calmez: Congress is trying to prevent its members from attempting another coup

He called it the (weak) Republican lament: “The Things We Do for the Orange Jesus.”

Those were the words of a House Republican on Jan. 6, 2021, according to Representative Liz Cheney, as he joined Trump in the party’s dressing room to sign formal objections to Joe Biden’s electoral vote from key states. Those objections were just what President Trump and a growing crowd outside the Capitol were demanding.

Cheney watched her colleague and thought, “You know, you’re doing an unconstitutional act.” The episode was narrated on Monday to an audience at the center-right American Enterprise Institute celebrating, aptly, Constitution Day.

Congressional MAGAmatons, of course, still blindly follow Trump’s wishes even as Jesus’ orange lament speaks of the contempt many feel for the 2020 loser.

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Jackie Calms

Jackie Calmes brings a critical look into the national political landscape. She has decades of experience covering White House and Congressional affairs.

On Wednesday — nearly two years after they agreed or even colluded in Trump’s coup attempt and then ran for their lives — nearly all House Republicans voted against a bill intended to prevent another such insurgency after the 2024 election.

The measure passed, from 229 to 203, in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives with the support of just nine Republicans including Cheney — all of them lame ducks, and their congressional careers ended in primary party defeats or decisions to retire in the face of MAGA voters. Anger at their failure to fully comply with Trump.

This bill is a BFD, as then Vice President Biden said of other landmark legislation.

He will amend the 135-year-old electoral counting law, which Trump planners misinterpreted in an effort to allow Congress to overturn Biden’s victory. The changes will clarify what has been understood for more than a century, until Trump presided over: the vice president (eg, Mike Pence on January 6, 2021) only Congress certifies states’ electoral votes; He has no authority under the Act or the Twelfth Amendment to change those votes.

The House bill would also raise the minimum number of lawmakers who must veto state votes before Congress can consider an issue — from one member of the House and Senate to one-third of each chamber. The bill would limit grounds for objections. A majority of the House and Senate will have to approve the objections.

Just two weeks ago, former federal judge J. Then on Monday, Cheney and Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, both members of the House Select Committee of Inquiry on January 6, 2021, introduced their bill.

It is very rare for a non-emergency bill to be presented for one day in the House and passed two days later. However, says Luttig, the need to change the electoral counting law he is Emergency. Lutigieg told me that Trump and his allies still pose a “clear and present danger”. They “will again seek to cancel an election that is not going their way.”

Cheney and Lofgren agree. They wrote this week in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that persistent lies from Trump and his minions — including Republican congressional candidates and state and local offices responsible for elections — raise “the possibility of another effort to steal the presidential election, perhaps with yet another attempt to sabotage Congress’s efforts to Counting the electoral votes.

News of the bill’s surprise approval in the House, and of improved prospects for a version in the Senate, received little attention. After all, it’s hard to penetrate amid the recent shelling over an alleged breach of one Trump or another — the New York real estate financial fraud, the apparent theft of state secrets. in Mar-a-Lago And his backers tampered with polling equipment after the 2020 election.

On Thursday, sponsors of a separate Senate bill amending the Electoral Sorting Act included their 10th primary Republican sponsor: Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Tommy, who is retiring. With all 50 Democratic senators supporting the legislation, there are now 60 votes necessary to avoid Republican obstruction and pass the bill.

However, senators and members of the House of Representatives must iron out differences in their respective bills. The Senate version is less stringent, with looser grounds for objections to states’ electoral votes and fewer objectors required—a fifth of each House instead of a third. The goal is to negotiate the final language in time for a vote in the lame-duck congressional session, after the November midterm elections.

“It would be an unjustified and gratuitous disappointment to the country if Congress did not pass” a copy of what is on the table — “to ensure there is not another day on January 6,” Lutigieg said.

In these polarized times, there was a nice moment after the House vote when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat from San Francisco) came down and crossed the well of the room to where Cheney, now a pariah in her party, was talking with Lofgren and several other Democrats. The liberal Pelosi shook the hand of the ultra-conservative Cheney.

Unfortunately, even assuming a happy ending to the revised Election Counting Act, this is not the outcome of this legislative saga. Instead, what stands out is that Congress has been unable to obtain consensus in either house on its attempts to rewrite the poorly drafted 19th century law that was at the center of a bloody attack on lawmakers’ halls, and possibly their lives.

As Lutigieg told me, “The Republican Party to this day will not oppose Trump.”

That blind her organs in orange should make the rest of us see red.

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