This was the New York Times headline on Saturday, December 12. The nine Justices were in agreement that Texas had “no standing” to interfere with the settled election results in four other states. It was an unsigned brief order , the sharpest rebuke the High Court could have issued.
As I read it, I thought the message they sent Attorney General Paxton of Texas was, in plain language: The election results in these four states are none of your business!
Thus, the seventeen attorney generals from states that had supported Trump and the over one hundred Republican House members who signed support of the law suit could be in trouble during the next Mid term elections. That is the political fall out for each of them. Back a loser, you become a loser.
Speaking of losers…. We know from many inside sources that Donald J. Trump considers the very word LOSER… the worst word in the English language. His niece and biographer have confirmed that. His very brief tweet in response to the High Court decision was an indication of the impact he felt. He usually writes long treatises when he loses a case in the courts, deriding the judge as he did at the start of his time in office.
Friday was also the third day that President Elect Joseph Biden presented a group of appointees to his Cabinet and administration. In a formal setting, he introduced women and men who will hold important positions. He then gave each the opportunity to come to the central lectern and speak briefly while their qualifications were projected on a screen.
Biden has said that his Cabinet and other officials would “look like America”. They each were superbly qualified, having served in Obama’s presidency or earlier. They were women and men of color in this group as were two groups he had introduced previously. Susan Rice , former Ambassador to The United Nations, was the sixth who spoke. She was a power in the position and took my breath away with her speech.
Finally Vice President Elect Kamala Harris concluded the event. She spoke as she always does with authority and passion about the people on the stage who will work for the American people… the veterans and the civilian families suffering during the pandemic. Monday, the election results will be certified by The Electoral College.
All the speakers on stage wore masks which they removed only when each spoke. Joe Biden has emphasized that during the first one hundred days mask wearing in the United States will be mandatory in public.
He has also targeted the first one hundred days as a time when vaccinations against Covid 19 will be a priority. He has consistently emphasized the importance of controlling the pandemic in every appearance he has made.
This is in contrast to the many super spreader events Donald Trump has held at the White House and his rallies to protest the elections results and claim it was “stolen and he was “cheated”.
It is very unfortunate that 74 million Americans who voted for Trump have heard this repeated endlessly from him. Supporters have threatened election officials in states that voted for Biden like Michigan and Wisconsin. They arrived at their houses at night, carrying signs and guns , honking horns outside their homes.
Joseph Biden Jr. won over 80 million votes. This year was the largest total turnout in any National election. The mail in ballots were the key to victory, including those cast by us in New Jersey who avoided voting in person because of the pandemic. Amen!
………………………………Joyce S. Anderson ………………….