There have been a flurry of interesting articles lately around the Insurgents' attempt at a hostile takeover of the United States. So some may wonder why I would feature a piece by CNN---one of the sleaziest tabloid-level gutterballs in the news industry? There's two reasons: one to show graphically what kind of trash the average Ameroboob is stuffing into his empty skull. The other is because there's actually a valid point buried between the lines.
At the end of the article, I'll publish some Brain-Bleach links for readers disgusted with even two paragraphs of CNN schmaltz.
"President Donald Trump's struggle to deny the results of the election is now up against an existential threat: a rapid succession of states due to certify their election results before the critical date of December 8. Certification is usually just a formality. But the process has taken on new importance this year as Trump's legal team has sought to delay the finalization of results -- a strategy aimed at denying Joe Biden his due victory in the Electoral College which votes December 14. The idea is that if there's no certification, then Republican-run state legislatures in a few key states -- especially Michigan and Pennsylvania -- could appoint pro-Trump slates of presidential electors, even though Biden won the popular vote in those states.
That's the 'safe harbor' deadline under federal law. What that means is that when Congress tallies the electoral votes in January, it must accept electors that were certified before the deadline. If a state missed the deadline, then Congress can consider disputed slates of electors.So Trump's subversion efforts become impossible if key states certify their results before then -- but the whole election remains in play if Trump's team can push certification past the magic date. All of this chaos drummed up by Trump's team might not go anywhere. But it has turned the usually procedural process of states certifying their results into a drama that, at a minimum, allows doubt about the validity of the election to spread -- and, at the extreme, gives Trump an unexpected opening to maneuver his way into keeping power. It's unlikely, but Trump has surprised everyone before."