WISCONSIN: Trump Surrogates Sue To Stop Recount

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

Donald Trump supporters are asking a federal judge to stop Wisconsin’s presidential election recount, which got underway Thursday. Great America PAC and Stop Hillary PAC, political committees supporting Trump and opposing Democrat Hillary Clinton, moved in Wisconsin’s Western District court late Thursday for a temporary restraining order to bring the recount to an immediate halt.

The unprecedented statewide recount entered its second day Friday. The first day brought no major surprises in what’s expected to be a nearly two-week task of recounting nearly 3 million ballots. Documents filed by the committee ask the court to immediately halt the recount because they say it could jeopardize Wisconsin’s ability to comply with federal “safe harbor” laws requiring all states to resolve election conflicts by Dec. 13 in advance of when the Electoral College meets Dec. 19 to formally elect the next president.

The complaint argues that the recount violates constitutional equal protection requirements because the state lacks uniform standards to determine which votes should be counted in a recount. In that way, the complaint argues Wisconsin’s recount contradicts principles laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark Bush v. Gore ruling following the 2000 presidential election. It also suggests the recount could unfairly tarnish Trump’s Electoral College victory, which came despite him losing the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

  • Todd20036

    You cannot have the meme that Trump won in a landslide if you keep finding additional votes against him, now can we?

    • another_steve

      Smoke. Fire.

      πŸ˜‰

      • Bared Bear

        Hopefully it’s… Shit. Fan.

        • zhera

          Trump. Jail.

          • another_steve

            Melania. Deportation.

          • William

            Put her back to work pole dancing.

          • another_steve

            Lol. Someone here on JMG, the other day, suggested that this would be a perfect moment for more of her lesbian porn to surface.

            Like… What a gift to America and to the world, were those pics to be released on Inauguration Day.

          • gaymex1

            That would make my day.

          • Goodboy

            Just like Camelot. The porn version that is.

          • another_steve

            Unfortunately, the lesbians on this blog aren’t as raunchy and vulgar as some of us gay guys — so we don’t have the lesbian-take on Melania.

            I’d be interested in hearing their views on the matter.

          • charemor
          • Librarykid

            How long must I be exposed to that name before I see melanoma?

          • another_steve

            I would rather look at a small non-aggressive skin cancer on my nose than look at Donald Trump for the next four years.

          • Librarykid

            Kineahora. poo,poo,poo, God forbid. Don’t say such terrible things.

          • another_steve

            LMAO.

            Do you know from spitting on the ground after tempting fate like that?

          • Librarykid

            On the ground, on Eric Beach, whatever. Why do you think I did the spitting? If it helps you feel better, Chas V’Sholem.

            Shavua Tov! (we need it)

          • another_steve

            Lol. Fun conversing about this stuff, Librarykid. Narishkeit. Foolishness. But in these challenging days, a sense of humor is much needed. πŸ˜‰

      • Falconlights

        Exactly another_Steve. If Trump had won those states honestly, he need not be afraid of a recount. The fact that he and his fellow neo-Nazis are in panic mode is very telling.

        • another_steve

          Thank you thank you thank you, Falconlights.

          Others here on JMG have been saying this for days:

          If they had nothing to fear, why would they be objecting to the recounts?

          • Librarykid

            And what standing would these hucksters have against a real candidate who filed for the recount? This is the “take them to court” offense Trump learned from that shtik dreck Roy Cohn whose evil lives on in Trump. Fortunately, Cohn is burning in hell.

            A friend told me that the Trump votes dropped by 5000 in Wisconsin when the recount was announced.

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/25/1604209/-Ahead-of-the-Recount-Trump-Lead-Shrinks-by-5k-in-WI

          • another_steve

            Endless love to you, Librarykid, for “shtik dreck.”

            You made my day. πŸ˜‰

      • DaddyRay

        Trumpster Fire

    • Plus, even 306 EVs isn’t a landslide. More than 75% of elections since the passage of the 12th Amendment have had wider Electoral College victories.

    • zhera

      And EC votes are distributed quite unevenly. Winner take the whole state even if he/she only got 50.1% of the popular vote? Not democratic!

    • karen in kalifornia

      Even his electoral college tally can be considered a landslide compared to margins of past elections. I hate him, his minions, and mouthpieces.

    • Goodboy

      It’s insane and insulting to those that thought they still lived in a democracy.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Boy, they must really be worried about something.

    • Blackfork

      They should be. They’re a couple of years away from driving this shit off the cliff.

      • DaMoldBrok

        I’m hoping, a couple of days

  • another_steve

    Oooohh… He can recount me any day.

    • Oikos

      This is why I have no respect for people such as yourself. Scum like this want to take away our rights, most likely stole the election and all you can think of is sleeping with a neo-nazi.

      • Mark

        Turning the tables on a villain isn’t such a bad fantasy…..but then, once we are all in chains it will be all we have left.

        • Oikos

          Not interested at all in those who would see us dead, imprisoned or lobotomized.

          • Mark

            I hear ya. Once we are all in chains…ugh…..

    • Bared Bear

      He’s not a good guy. He’ll probably want you to dress up like his mother and put him in diapers… and then require you to pay for a hooker for him.

      • another_steve

        On a good day I could get into the diaper fantasy.

        (But not with David Vitter.)

    • TheManicMechanic

      Hint: Don’t brag to him about your Jewishness around him like you do here either.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    They are running the clock

  • PickyPecker
    • John W Christenson

      and he also said it was rigged OF COURSE IT WAS

      • Brian in Valdosta

        But it was only rigged IFF he lost.

        It’s like totally copacetic if he like won and shit.

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    • zhera

      …because the state lacks uniform standards to determine which votes should be counted in a recount.

      Are they for real? Is this actually happening?

      VALID VOTES. It’s not supposed to be this difficult, guys!

      • David Walker

        If truth could turn a profit, we’d probably be inundated with networks trying to out-truth each other. And maybe that wouldn’t be a bad thing. But I think this country is too far down the drain for that to be tried, let alone even considered.

        By the way, if you don’t know who Edward R. Morrow is (I’ve rekindled a fascination), you should look him up on YouTube. He was among the truly fearless correspondents who reported from London and elsewhere live on radio during WWII. He is also responsible for bringing down Sen. McCarthy, an early 1950s version of Drumpf.

        I’m sorry to keep re-posting this, but as far as I see us, this is the finest critical explanation that’s come along in a long time. Truth and fiction can sometimes walk together. (Morrow is pictured on the graphic behind the speaker.)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMqcLUqYqrs

        • jsmukg

          Please continue reposting, David. “Lights and Wires in a Box” is classic.

          • David Walker

            Thank you. It really is one of the great speeches.

        • B Snow

          Some of the posts about him the other day reminded me to put “Good Night and Good Luck” into the Netflix queue.

    • David Walker

      I miss this part of “Newsroom” so much. Yes, the non-broadcast parts were good, but I still find this and other of the series’ editorials just…inspired. By the way, there is an edit when starts talking about Jesus. Perhaps the poster felt a need to censor…which is kind of ironic if you think about.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGAvwSp86hY

  • Oikos

    Eric Beach looks like a Nazi.

    • B Snow

      Srsly. I don’t think Joe could have found a more Aryan-ubermensch-looking photo of that guy.

  • DaveMiller135

    To recap, the recount should be delayed because it won’t be finished in time?

    • AlphaTango

      Yes, that is the logic, clever eh?

    • Its like if you sue anyone or a corporation and they have a good lawyer and keep on filing delays and stays or other motions in court in the hopes that you will go away. Eventually most people will give up, grow tired of paying legal fees, or die. Same logic.

      • DaveMiller135

        As I understand it, it’s actually worse here, because there is a legal time limit, by which time the recount has to be completed in order for the Electors to go ahead and do their part. So I really don’t see how a delay can be allowed, if there isn’t any way to delay the rest of the process.

  • Cuberly

    “Tarnish his victory…”

    Uh, Hair Furor does that on a daily basis.

    As the Germans say, zu spat.

    • Butch

      I’m not a lawyer but I don’t believe that “tarnishing his victory” is actionable in court. And besides, Trump has already taken care of any tarnishing that needs to be done by his own self.

    • Every time they say Trump won a landslide victory — like he himself did at his Nuremberg Victory rally last night — I want to riot. It is a lie and he knows it. He cannot make up his own truth and shove it down our throats and have us sit back and accept his radical alt right government. I have never felt as angry at anything in politics in my life.

      • Cuberly

        The war we’re about to wage with this administration appear to be centered around, minority rights, women’s rights, the poor, but also, to reclaim truth.

        This obsession with denying what is real is getting way out of hand. Means we’ll have to study up on a lot and call out the misinformation campaigns, loudly.

        • Its hard to fight misinformation campaigns if a good part of America uses social media as a source of information. In the old days, Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw could be used to filter out obvious misinformation. We don’t have that now. Facebook has changed all this. I listened to a discussion this morning that the Trump base honestly believed Hillary was critically ill due to a Trump misinformation campaign during the election. How can we fight this? When Trump uses Twitter — perhaps he knows exactly what he is doing — article I read to this effect. He is destroying the mainstream media channels ability to challenge him this way.

  • PickyPecker
    • Bared Bear

      The mean ol’ gays made them cater pizzas at gay weddings. Oh, the humanity!

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Actually, that never happened. That Indiana truck-stop-slash-pizza-parlor took it upon themselves to play martyrs and announce that they wouldn’t deliver pizzas to a gay wedding.

        And I seriously hope no gay or lesbian couples ever think that delivery pizza constitutes a suitable wedding reception. Any LGBT couple that does that needs their cards taken away.

        • Librarykid

          and they each have to return the toaster they received for coming out.

    • The Trump plan for “America First” to happen sometime during the week of January 17 next year —
      1. Start a fire at the Capitol Dome. A nice big one. Breitbart news and the Drudge Report will announce that Jill Stein started it.
      On January 20, At the inauguration announce that he will not be known as “President” but as “The Leader” —
      and simultaneously
      —- Arrest all members of The Green Party, Bernie Sanders Supporters, and Hillary Clinton and put them in detention centers
      — Announce all elections are now suspended
      — Announce all power is now in his hands only until “we figure out what is going on”
      — Announce that the only party allowed in the USA will be the approved version of the Republican Party
      — Announce that he will be flying to Wasilla Alaska immediately to meet Vladimir Putin to sign a new Trump/Putin pact which will solve all the world’s problems.
      and finally —
      All protests against him are now effectively outlawed as being “unhelpful” and simply not cool.

      • Librarykid

        Maybe it should be called the Wasilla Concordat to give it some gravitas.

        He has also come out for finishing the pipeline which, it turns out, is backed by companies in which he has investments. Surprise, Surprise.

  • Mark

    There is this kinda small part of a thought that seems to be growing…that all of this will turn into a new civil war. Trump and his gang have abandoned all civility – and the resultant angst and fear and frustration will bring everday people out into the streets…….

    • Bared Bear

      Most of Trump’s supporters are hoping that it will come to this. They can finally shoot some people with all of their weapons they’ve been stockpiling Waco-style over the years.

      • Mark

        True – but we have educated strategists who can nullify their every move until they have none.

    • Snarkaholic

      Especially when many of them will no longer have homes to return to.

  • Treant

    Wait a sec. Bush v Gore is not to be considered a precedent by the Supreme Court’s own directive, so you can’t use that.

    • The_Wretched

      Most of the legal community was utterly disgusted by Bush v Gore. Not only did they say it wasn’t precedential but they didn’t sign it. It was ‘per curiam’. The disgust came from the highest court doing the legal equivalent of punting. Of all the critical issues ever, picking the US President desirves a signed open that has precendential value.

      All that said, you can cite whatever you like in a court case and even cases like Bush v Gore can have persuasive value.

      • Treant

        True. I cannot imagine too many judges being impressed by a ruling that was so obviously poor nobody wanted to put their name on it, nor did anybody want to ever have it used to decide future law–and said so. πŸ™‚

      • BobSF_94117

        Well, in their defense, they couldn’t give it precedential value, as it was utter nonsense.

        • Steverino

          Too bad a ruling with no precedential value ended up having tremendous presidential value.

  • Larry Lautzenheiser

    The only reason President-elect Put-In would object was if the system WAS rigged, like he claimed.

    • John W Christenson

      I have always found what ever drum Trump was beatingabout everything bad Clinton was doing were actually things that he and his group were doing

      • Friday

        This has been Republican SOP for decades.

  • Mark

    Justice may be blind…but she sure as fuck ain’t deaf.

  • KQCA

    What are they afraid of?

    • Oikos

      Losing.

    • PickyPecker

      Exposure.

  • justmeeeee

    becuz recounts id B-A-A-A-A-D fur bidniz!

  • Captain Jack

    They have a foot in the door and they will do anything to barge right in ..

  • They’re running scared.

  • AtticusP

    This just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

    I think it’s pretty safe to say that we have never seen anything quite like this in the 200+ years of the Republic.

    • Bared Bear

      Rigged elections? I think we’ve seen a lot of this during the Dubya years.

      • AtticusP

        Yeah, but this takes it to a whole new level.

        I voted against W. both times, but Trump is starting to make him look like Abraham Lincoln.

        • Bared Bear

          I’m thinking that they just got away with it so well with Dubya that they’ve just become less subtle and much bolder. When you’re famous… you can just do anything.

        • Falconlights

          And that, AtticusP, is a very sad comment on this country and its politics.

          • AtticusP

            I honestly thought that we had put a lot of this behind us in November 2008. It wasn’t until a few months later, when I started seeing photographs of President Obama with a Hitler mustache, that I began to realize that racism in this country is very far away from being eradicated.

            And an end to misogyny? That might be even further from our grasp.

            I have lived my life, and I’ve been proud of my country throughout most of it. But I just have to say: I’m mighty glad that I’m closer to the end of my time on this earth than I am to the beginning, because I don’t think that Donald Trump will do anything to better life for anyone on this planet aside from his little billionaires’ club.

            This country has fallen victim to the ne plus ultra of conmen and demagogues, and most of the people that voted for him have yet to figure that out.

            Fasten your seatbelts, America. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

          • AtticusP
  • AlphaTango

    What is a PAC’s legal standing to challenge the recount? They are not a candidate and cannot coordinate with a candidate.

    • Sam_Handwich

      good question

    • Mark

      would seem they have zero standing….

    • mjcc1987

      Considering Donald now owns all three branches of Government? Who needs standing?

    • zhera

      and they say Stein doesn’t have standing…

  • The_Wretched

    Gee, the Trumplicans are going full court press on the recount issue.

  • mjcc1987

    I wonder if all these will succeed. I can’t imagine any actually overturning the election results or even influencing the electors.

  • Earl

    o/t Manuel, Andrew Sachs IRL, of Faulty Towers had died.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/dec/02/andrew-sachs-manuels-five-most-farcial-moments-in-fawlty-towers

    RIP, and thanks for the laughs.

    • Xuuths

      ΒΏQue?

    • TuuxKabin

      R.I.P. funny, cute, man.

    • William

      Bravo Manuel.

  • It is a normal reaction for the winning side to try and stop a recount in court. This is nothing new and should not surprise anyone. What is happening here is something that has happened many times on both sides before. We should expect this. The other thing is that it is highly unlikely any of these three recounts will work– coming up with 600 votes in Florida in the year 2000 was tough enough (I live in Palm Beach County) even though we remain convinced the election was stolen here by Governor Jeb Bush for his brother. Coming up with thousands of votes in 3 states is going to be very hard.

    • The_Wretched

      Probably but that depends on how exactly the cast votes were screwed with. One county double reported and that was + 500 Trump votes right there.

      • I would absolutely love to see Hillary become President. Love it. And the other thing is I think if Wisconsin and Michigan can be overturned for Hillary, the election could very well be thrown into the House even without Pennsylvania — all it would take is 11 more unfaithful electors to stop Trump from getting to 270 electoral votes. We would probably see President Pence though. Not sure 65,000 votes can be found in Pennsylvania.

        • Mark

          and I think you have laid out their fears…and their resistance.

          • Friday

            Yeah, the Republican House would at least have to freaking answer for this if that happened.

        • The_Wretched

          I don’t think it’s likely. I’m mostly interested in fair and free elections and am all but convinced there’s unaccounted for bs going on some machines or locations or in how they get tallied on up.

    • Mark

      Personally – I like to see “reform” come by requiring name, address, etc on EVERY PAPER ballot cast. We’ve always been against voter ID laws….but I am starting to question that…not so much for illegal voters … but anonymous voters who can’t be identified/verified in counts or recounts.

      • I want automatic registration for every voter, and mail in voting like they have in Oregon and Colorado — and as few restrictions as possible. I want to make it easier and not harder to vote. But this is not the issue. I think that progressives are losing sight of why we lost the election. We sound like conspiracy theorists when we talk about Russian Hacking– it cannot be proven. I also work in computer security,—there is no evidence of anything like this. I think that the elections in this country are generally honest. Trump is president (besides the quality of Hillary as candidate) for two reasons 1. the electoral college 2. voter suppression. Both can be changed via laws. I do not think the Russians or “ballot stuffing” explains her loss. What worries me is the effect this is having on younger voters and how they may give up on voting and the Democratic process (why should I waste my time if they will steal the election?). People under 30 had the lowest turnout of any age group — and traditionally do in every election. Yet, they are the most progressive.

        • Friday

          Actually what we want is the real verified facts, when there’s real evidence to be suspicious. Hell, in Michigan one of Trump’s coordinators just got *convicted* of previous felony election fraud. This isn’t ‘conspiracy theory,’ …it’s for damn real looking corrupted.

          • OK— agreed. That is why there are recounts. There has never been a Statewide recount that has moved an election by anywhere near 10,000 votes. — But sure I think its a great idea. I do not think its a realistic chance to think three states including Pennsylvania at 65,000 votes are going to switch. I am bummed out by the election, believe me. I am just being realistic. But sure, its a great idea.

          • Friday

            I’ll note by the way that one conspicuous reason a statewide recount never *has* moved the numbers like that may have a great deal to do with it having for a long time been accepted as bad form to even *try,* particularly on our side, and occasionally to our great grief.

        • IamM

          It’s not about conspiracy theories, it’s about verifying the election results instead of just taking them on faith because the idea that they might have been tampered with is scary. The way to be sure no one rigs our elections is to have procedures in place that would detect it.

    • Friday

      Relatively ordinary, but it’s nowhere near usual for that to be the same side that’s throwing out ballots by the thousands, vote-suppressing right out there in the legislatures and streets in the sight of Goddess and TV cameras, crying the election’s “rigged” *the other way,* and then desperately trying to stop said recounts.

      • Its happened before.
        —–
        2004- Some claimed that Kerry had the election stolen from him in Ohio — if he carried Ohio he would be President over Bush through voting machine manipulation. However, Bush carried Ohio by 120,000 votes and these theories have been disproven.

        2000 – Florida. (I live in Palm Beach County). Bush vs. Gore. 600 votes Enough said. SCOTUS awarded the election to Bush.

        1960 – JFK won a very close election. It was generally thought that boss Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago came up with enough fake votes to carry Illinois for Kennedy — who carried the state by only 9,000 votes. LBJ, according to some, arranged the same thing in Texas. Nixon would be president with both states. It is still controversial. Nixon decided not to contest the election to avoid a constitutional crises.
        —–
        In an earlier period of American Politics it was generally assumed elections were stolen by one side or another in areas with one party rule, particularly in big cities by party bosses. Reforms and electoral commissions, and court oversight generally starting cleaning this up in the middle of the 20th century.

        • Friday

          Still not the same. (Especially since those recounts simply didn’t happen.)

        • Friday

          (Also the real point is that talking about the *gaps* as “unprecedented” doesn’t really say much, especially comparing figures when the Presidential candidate with the most votes in history so far is in fact… Hilary Clinton, and these sorts of recounts simply haven’t been pursued in a very long time unless the margin has been *razor* thin. )

          • Franciscan

            Florida in 2000 had massive numbers of voters disqualified from voting (by Republican governor and his henchperson). The Supreme Court denied the people’s right to have ALL the votes counted by stopping the recounts. Ohio in 2004 had massive numbers of people discouraged from voting by the Republican secretary of state who prevented enough voting machines to be supplied in urban areas. These factors have to be taken into account when you claim the results were proven to be fair and proper.

          • Friday

            I certainly did not say anything of the sort: I was saying that citing as precedent recounts which didn’t happen …are *no* reason not to recount *now.* πŸ™‚

        • ultragreen

          Actually, during the 2004 recount in Ohio, it was found that thousands of votes in predominately black areas of Cleveland were never counted. Two Republican election workers were sentenced to prison over that.

  • Todd

    Well, that’s three for three.

    Let the tensions continue

    #NotMyPresident isn’t going anywhere soon.

  • ColoMtnWoman

    “..the recount could unfairly tarnish Trump’s Electoral College victory,
    which came despite him losing the popular vote to Democrat Hillary
    Clinton.”

    And we all know what a drag it is to have to deal with FACTS–especially when lies are so much more desirable for the P*ssy-Grabber-in-Chief.

  • dr tod

    I am somewhat concerned that vote counts are not all that precise the first time.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I can’t take the news anymore. I am depressed beyond words.

    I’m taking time off from work. I’m gonna spin a bottle, get on my best Hog and just ride that direction until I feel like stopping, then come back next week. I can’t do this anymore. I’m losing my fucking mind.

    Have a great day everyone. Talk to ya next week.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/799a56fba0c8b73611a57d8d6b06a7bbd037abb2014d78c2b16063f1c13ffcd9.jpg

    • PickyPecker

      Enjoy the ride and be safe out there, RG!! XO

    • Max_1
      • That_Looks_Delicious

        LOL.

    • worstcultever

      As I always say, giving up on the entire human species can be very therapeutic – anyway, stay safe – we need you!

    • another_steve

      Talking with my queer buds here on JMG has helped me deal with my depression, Rebecca, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

      In between bouts of mourning the death of my country, I’ve sort of made a game of it.

      “Ooh! Let’s put on the news now and see who the latest Nazi stormtrooper appointed to a Cabinet post is!!”

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Youre in SF right? Head down to santa cruz. Get a hotel room, Smoke some pot, walk on the beach. Cheers

    • Lawerence Collins

      Make sure the Ortega highway isn’t under construction. They always seem to be doing something to it.

    • You are making me miss Valencia Street in San Francisco looking at that bike.

    • boatboy_srq

      Safe, therapeutic, interesting travels to you.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Happy travels. It’s not 120Β° in the desert anymore.

    • ChrisMorley

      Happy Trails
      Your road trip just made me think of this old’un
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi0e7brHdMQ

    • Librarykid

      Be careful, dear. We will miss you and look forward to your return.

  • Rod Steely

    FUCK Trump

    • Guess?

      No thanks. Fuck him yourself.

    • another_steve

      That’s Melania’s curse and burden in life, babe.

      I feel for her.

      • Celloman G

        I don’t.

        • another_steve

          I dunno… I wouldn’t want my worst enemy in life to have to go down on that orange piece of shit.

        • I’m sure she just lays back and thinks about carats.

      • Rod Steely

        Or her curse until she ages out of the role of wife and gets dumped.

  • Bared Bear

    When’s Karl Rove going to get on Fox and call it for Romney?

  • EweTaw

    They are afraid it will tarnish Trump’s electoral college win/. Well then, I say tarnish! away

    • ByronK

      That’s like tarnishing a dog turd.

      • TrollopeReader

        or putting the gilt on …

  • Friday

    I’m just taking all these suits to stop votes being counted as admissions of guilt.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    OMG Im so shocked! Shocked, I say! I white man is actually a trump surrogate!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Someone is afraid of the fraud and lies being uncovered.

  • ByronK
    • Bared Bear

      You know he’s serious cause he looks serious and he’s making serious brow furrows showing his seriousness.

      • TuuxKabin

        Searz?

    • I actually like this guy better than Eric Beach, the Trump co-chair in the photo. He seems more like a member of the progressive coalition and has some color to him.

    • TrollopeReader

      Oh my, I don’t think I’ve seen him in years! πŸ™‚

  • William

    Gee, it’s like they are worried about something.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Wait. I’m confused. I thought the point of the Supreme Court ruling on the Florida recount that handed the presidency to Bush was that it WOULDN’T set a precedent. But what do I know? I’m merely coasting through life on my looks.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Boyfriend’s got the whole Stormtrooper look going’ on.

    • Check the local productions of “Sound of Music” and see if anyone’s missing a Nazi.

    • Treant

      “Tomorrow belongs to the FEC…”

  • Rather than simply discrediting the folks involved (something they’ve done successfully before) so nobody paid attention, the PACs panic and jump to a lawsuit packed with delicious public not-at-all-private filings and paperwork. The only thing that’ll surprise me now is learning that it was an honest election.

  • TrollopeReader

    Whambulance !! Whambulance !!!

  • Dave Babler

    Why are they scared?

    • That is THE question.

    • Tor

      They claim millions of votes for Clinton were cast illegally. Wouldn’t they like proof?

      • TrollopeReader

        you’re using anti-logic again.

  • David in Palm Springs

    “It also suggests the recount could unfairly tarnish Trump’s Electoral College victory…”

    Trump tarnished is own victory when he condemned the Electoral College just FOUR years ago! According to his OWN personal beliefs, he shouldn’t be president… and half of America agrees with him.

    • That’s the best thing about it. It draws more attention to his claim of a mandate and “landslide”. It shows him and his people to be total liars. As if we need more proof.

  • TuuxKabin

    Another_Steve is going to want to fuck him in , 5, 4, 3, 2 . . .

    • I have to say, he’s pretty cute.

      • Treant

        The eyes scream, “I will bury your corpse under my patio to avoid admitting I fucked a guy.”

        • Bared Bear

          And worse… there’ll be no cuddling afterwards.

      • TuuxKabin

        Pretty young, with baby fat, but yeah, if you like.

    • William

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.
      Evil comes in such a pretty package.

      • TuuxKabin

        Just sayin’ . . .

      • Beagle

        His beauty is skin-deep. His ugly is to the bone.

    • TrollopeReader

      that’s a long countdown ….

      • TuuxKabin

        Give ‘im time to pour the Beefeaters and see straight, or gay.

    • jsmukg

      ROTFLMFAO. You win today’s interwebz, Tuux

      • TuuxKabin

        You honor me. A first. Thank you.

  • OdieDenCO

    how stupid are these people: “..because the state lacks uniform standards to determine which votes should be counted in a recount..”

    in a state wide recount you recount all the ballots.

    • Tor

      Silly you. They would only count the Republican ballots.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Then they would also lack standards about counting the vote to begin with.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m going to sue my professors for checking my assignments. They should just hand over my diplomas. MIT, Harvard, Yale here I come.

  • Paula

    Phase 2 of their plan for making America great again will be implemented next November 9 &10.

    • David Walker

      You are one of my favorite people here, so I know what you have to say is good, important, and probably funny. It’s just that the November reference escapes. I’m sorry.

      • EweTaw

        Some of us are still living in October. I know I am.

      • TuuxKabin

        I searched ‘significance of November 9 & 10, 2017, and 2018 thinking the ‘mid-term’ election date. Nothing but anniversary dates and birthdays comes up. I’m wondering too.

        • David Walker

          Paula noted elsewhere that November 9 & 10 are Krystallnacht’s anniversaries. Now it makes way too much sense.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ah yes. I remember now. The timing of the election/day after/and Kristallnacht. Damn chilling.

  • bkmn

    They sure are nervous about something.

  • Gerry Fisher

    He looks like a mean SOB, doesn’t he?

  • Mark_in_MN

    How is anyone damaged by a recount of votes? It seems to me that the recount is actually about preserving the rights of voters. The equal protection claim is dubious, especially since if such uniform standards were so important, there has been plenty of opportunity since the 2000 election for states to enact such law or regulation.

    But this has become a rather standard sort of playbook for Republicans, especially if they aren’t the one’s asking for or potentially benefiting from recounts. They like to portray them as some sort of inappropriate, election-stealing shenanigan, that are all about undermining rather than protecting the integrity of elections. They trotted that one out for months and months while Minnesota waited to have Al Franken seated. Given how quickly they trot out this line, it’s rather notable that there hasn’t been efforts to get rid of the possibility of recounts. These lines are pure propaganda without any soundness or integrity, and they know it.

  • DesertSun59

    Of course, it was Drumpelthinskin himself who made sure everything believed the election was rigged.

    This would be proof that it wasn’t.

    So, that means he lied.

  • They just said North Dakota Democratic Heidi Heitkamp has walked into Trump Tower. If he offers her Scty of Agriculture, the Senate becomes 53 – 47 Republican. A smart move on his part if you ask me. It screws us over.

    • IamM

      No doubt Priebus or Bannon’s idea.

    • bobbyjoe

      The name Heidi Heitkamp sounds like a character in one of those Nazi-sexploitation movies from the 70s like “Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS.”

      So in other words, yes, I imagine we’ll see her in Trump’s cabinet.

  • fuow

    Hey, just a quick shoutout to all the asswipe gays who either ‘voted their conscience and went third party’ or couldn’t bring themselves to vote because ‘they’re all the same’.
    You made the difference in this election.
    Hope you’re the first to suffer under Pence. Seriously, you deserve everything coming down the pike.

  • Front page of Huffington Post now.
    Look at Ryan’s face. Its priceless. He’s saying “why am I sitting here with this yutz?” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6aff030e2cff077ec1f1d060c72ae6fb19f1303e624bf587bbe5a7ed6c4e05de.jpg

    • TuuxKabin

      Agent Orange is so clearly in over his head, as so many have commented on, and Ryan’s despicable facial expressions have just about all been exposed, this one’s fairly new.

      • fuow

        The only good thing to say about that face of his is that he’s got a big mouth. You could really fit in there, no matter how think and long you are.

        • david fairfield

          And…the expression would be the same!

      • david fairfield

        It’s number six. Comey used it as well.

  • Ginger Snap

    What are they so afraid of if they one fairly the recount will show that. I’m sure they count their money more than once.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Here’s me doing my high school guidance counselor shtick: Eric Beach should just shut up and do gay porn.

  • SoCalGal20

    The only thing that tarnished Trump’s EC victory is that the EC is bullshit. Also, Trump.

  • dcurlee

    Scared for some reason? That’s what I get from this

  • Franciscan

    Including Wisconsin, the New York Times reports: “Trump backers go to court to block vote recounts in 3 states”. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/us/trump-recounts-wisconsin-michigan-pennsylvania.html

  • JellyDonut

    This is beyond dumb. If the judge stops it then it taints the results. The GOP would be smart to let the recount happen if they are sure it was all on the up and up – but then again this breed of GOP are anything but smart

  • JellyDonut

    Side note: The evil dude in the pic is kinda hot

  • Franciscan

    One assumes the rationale for blocking the recounts is something far more fundamental than contradicting the Trump regime’s claim of manifest destiny. Either they expect the recount to expose some kind of irregularities on the Republican side, or they simply fear the recount will confirm that the election was NOT rigged (by Democrats) and put an end to the propaganda campaign that they are STILL relying on even after winning. They’re still trying to position themselves as the wronged, righteous warriors for change while bringing every oligarch on their contact list into the Trump administration.

    • david fairfield

      Perfectly stated.

  • greenmanTN

    I’d have sex with him but I’d hate myself for it afterward.

    (Well, I would!)

  • Gianni

    “…..halt the recount because they say it could jeopardize Wisconsin’s
    ability to comply with federal β€œsafe harbor” laws requiring all states
    to resolve election conflicts by Dec. 13….” If I was the judge I’d just have to tell the dude that if he’s concerned about meeting the deadline, I’d suggest that he GTF out of the way and let them get on with the recount.