The GOP's Great Self-Beclownment

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As in the movie Groundhog Day, a member of the Trump administration this morning woke up early, put on his work clothes, and started yammering about the “fraudulent election” and how some cock-eyed new scheme was going pull victory from the jaws of defeat.

Alas for Stephen Miller—and Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas), and the House Freedom Caucus, and at least 17 state attorneys general—the legal system in the United States has a higher evidentiary standard than the guy who tweets out deep thoughts like this:

What do such untethered exertions—and their Democratic antecedents—augur for the future of the country and the political party of Abraham Lincoln? Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Dr. Nick Gillespie kick that question around at the top of today’s Reason Roundtable podcast. Also discussed: the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, President-elect Joe Biden’s latest round of allegedly “bold” appointments, and the music-killing secrets of the narwhal.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music: “Pride” by Francesco D’Andrea.

Relevant links from the show:

A Trump Appointee Rejects Election Complaints Similar to the Ones SCOTUS Declined to Hear,” by Jacob Sullum

Shootings, Stabbings Mar a Weekend of Pro-Trump Protests,” by Christian Britschgi

Ted Cruz’s Eagerness To Fight Trump’s Legal Battles Epitomizes the GOP’s Complete Lack of Principles,” by Jacob Sullum

Trump Lost Because SCOTUS Answers to the Constitution, Not to Him,” by Damon Root

The Supreme Court Just Dismissed Trump’s Hail Mary Effort To Overturn the Election,” by Eric Boehm

The House Freedom Caucus Just Trashed What Little Credibility It Had Left,” by Eric Boehm

Trump’s Lawyers Claim the Conspiracy To Steal the Election Is Both ‘Easily Provable’ and Impossible to Prove,” by Jacob Sullum

Stop ‘Humoring’ Trump,” by Eric Boehm

Conservative Lawmakers and Legal Scholars Denounce Texas Election Suit as ‘a Mockery of Federalism and Separation of Powers,’” by Damon Root

Trump’s Judicial Humiliation Is Nearly Complete,” by Damon Root

SCOTUS Full of Trump Appointees Joins the Conspiracy To Deny Trump His Rightful Victory,” by Jacob Sullum

Stay Calm: COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Appear Not Much Worse Than Those of Other Vaccines,” by Ronald Bailey

FDA Vaccine Panel Endorses Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine,” by Ronald Bailey

The COVID-19 Vaccine Did Not Kill Your Grandmother,” by Ronald Bailey

FDA Staff Review Confirms: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safe and Highly Effective,” by Ronald Bailey

Pandemic Lockdown Battles Offer Glimpses of Political Conflicts to Come,” by J.D. Tuccille

California’s Health Secretary Concedes There Is No Empirical Basis for the State’s Ban on Outdoor Dining,” by Jacob Sullum

Stop Saying Lockdown Is ‘Not That Hard,’” by Bonnie Kristian

California Judge Says Los Angeles County’s Outdoor Dining Ban Isn’t ‘Grounded in Science, Evidence, or Logic,’” by Christian Britschgi

‘I’m Not Sure We Know What We’re Doing,’ Says a Newly Skeptical California Lockdown Advocate,” by Jacob Sullum

Are Americans Insufficiently Alarmed by COVID-19?” by Jacob Sullum

Southern California Sheriffs Rebel Over Gavin Newsom’s New Stay-at-Home Order,” by Christian Britschgi

Trump Undermined Civilian Control of the Military. With His Pentagon Pick, Biden Has Too,” by Eric Boehm


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