What comes to your mind when you read about the president of the United States casually talking about overturning the results of an election?
Powell, said a Trump campaign official, “represents one of the last hopes that he and the campaign has for any legal remedies. We’re getting down to the point where there aren’t a lot of options left and we’ve exhausted a lot of legal remedies so far. She represents that last grasp of hope for what he’s trying to do.”
That Friday meeting was the first time anyone in Trump’s inner circle had heard about the possibility of an executive order, according to three sources familiar with the meeting. Giuliani raised the idea in response to a Trump query: What options do I have left to stay in office?
When White House counsel Pat Cipollone and chief of staff Mark Meadows said the executive order was unconstitutional, Powell and Byrne sharply pushed back. Trump remained open to the possibility.
Yup, I agree, pretty bad! But let’s be fair and balanced and consider some other possibilities:
These four years have featured a number of Trumpers willing to cede any dignity they once had, but whoever gave this quote to Politico about a meeting where Trump talked through options for overturning the election is in a class by himself or herself. https://t.co/Oq7bZu7eAa pic.twitter.com/phHQCFzB89— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) December 22, 2020
My money’s on the MyPillow dude.
Meanwhile, the House Deranged Crank Caucus seems committed to ignoring McConnell and forcing Senate Republicans to vote against Trump’s election theft efforts:
The broader group of House members that visited the Oval Office on Monday included Greene and Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and others. The group discussed a strategy for the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress, where a single House member, in concert with a single senator, can lodge challenges to any set of presidential electors, forcing debate and votes.
After the White House session, which included breakouts with Giuliani and Vice President Mike Pence — who is set to preside over the Jan. 6 meeting — the lawmakers emerged increasingly optimistic they will be able to force multiple votes on the matter over as many as 18 hours.
I am reminded of another case of someone in “CEO mode.”