The US Supreme Court, yesterday, used 126 words to dismiss an absurd law suit seeking to overturn the presidential election results. That’s too ironic, given the suit was supported by 126 Republican Congressional representatives.
I say absurd because the logic of the suit was that some of the representatives had to accept that the votes for them ought to have been rejected. I’ve no way of understanding their lemming-like behaviour except by accepting it as cult-like.
The absurdity went with some truly bogus statistics claiming Biden’s chances of winning four battleground States was less than 1 in a quadrillion to the fourth power.
Put neatly, if not simply, that means seeing the proability as ludicrously small, as Bloomberg noted:
‘First, focus on how small less than one in a quadrillion to the fourth power is. One quadrillion is one million billions. Taking that to the fourth power would make it one million million million million billion billion billion billions. More than the number of atoms in the solar system. The alleged fraction is one divided by that big number. Or actually, “less than” that.’
It a ridiculous claim!
It was repeated by the White House press secretary. I could excuse her for parroting some flashy-sounding statistics that a mind-numbing.
But the ‘statistical’ analysis has been totally debunked by Politifact:
‘Cicchetti’s analysis flops because he makes the same error in multiple ways — assuming any two large groups of voters should generate substantially similar results.’
Remember, the SCOTUS dismissed the case, basically, because the claimants had no standing, including POTUS45 who had also intervened in the “big one”:
The SCOTUS decision cleared the path for Electoral College votes on December 14:
But, in what is seeming like a ‘groundhog day’ saga, a new twist is the secession suggested by the Chairman of Texas GOP:
The USA is on a path that could be as divisive as that taken in the 1860s.
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled will there be punitive sanctions for 126 representatives, who could be charged with sedition? Some Democrats are asking for them not to be seated and cited Article 14, section 3 (disqualfication by engagement in insurrection or rebellion) of the Constitution:
House Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a damning statement on the members concerned.
Was the suit–which jumped over local courts– just an excuse to engineer a preemptive pardon? The Texas Attorney General who brought the case, Ken Paxton, five years ago, was indicted for securities fraud and remains under FBI investigation for abuse of power.
With three days to go, it would be reasonable to think this incredible post-election political dancing has run its course. But, the termites have been stirred and it’s not clear that public sentiment that has been stirred with misinformation will accept this calmly as closure. Watch for disturbances in some of the States when Elector Colleges meet to vote.