Lotsa Water Gonna Flow Through the Chattahoochee Between Now and January 5

Down in Georgia, Politico observes, Perdue and Loeffler are reprising the Old South Playbook in a state that is rapidly changing into the New South. Medium and long term, the Georgia Republican party will either find a way to appeal to a majority of Georgians, or it will follow the California Republican Party and the Virginia Republican Party into well-deserved oblivion. (Possibly, Governor Kemp and his dozen closest friends can see what’s coming. Possibly, that may explain their resistance to Orange Man’s demand that they break the law. I don’t know. But possibly.)

Short term, we shall see what we shall see, come January.

In the meantime, Kelly Loeffler won’t say whether Biden or Trump won the election, taking refuge in the proposition that Trump has a legal right to pursue his legal remedies. This is true. It is also true that there is a lot of water in the Chattahoochee River. Both propositions are largely irrelevant to the question whether Biden or Trump won the election.

Greg Sargent excoriates Ms. Loeffler for implying that among the “legal remedies” to which Trump is entitled is the right to coerce the governor and the secretary of state of Georgia to overthrow republican government in that state. I myself am not so sure she meant to be understood that way. I think it’s more likely that she was just spreading focus-group approved bullshit language in all directions, hoping that some of it would stick on the walls.

Once burned, twice shy, and I continue to make no predictions about the outcome of the election. I do know that tomorrow, December 8, is Safe Harbor Day, which means that Congress must count the electoral votes of states that have determined their electors as of that date.

Yet another occasion to inquire whether Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler have yet figured out who won, Trump or Biden.

I know that more than 270 electoral votes have already been certified for Biden. I know that the electors will officially vote on December 14, and Biden will be elected.

Time to ask the question again: Did Biden win the election?

I also know that the electoral college vote will come as a great surprise to very large numbers of voters in Georgia—who not only think the election was stolen but also that, through divine intervention or otherwise, Trump will actually be inaugurated on January 20.

I don’t know—and it will be interesting to see—what kind of additional pressure Orange Man will put on Loeffler and Perdue to endorse his electoral fairy tale, in the time between now and January 5, as the Chattahoochee rolls on.


Incidentally, on January 6, the day after the Georgia runoff, Congress is required by law to meet in joint session, presided over by Mike Pence in his capacity as President of the Senate, to count the electoral votes.

Normally a mere formality, but this time it should be a sight to see.