Was coffee provided?
As a conspiracy theory, it’s up there with the Grassy Knoll. Ten Republicans met in the State Capitol on 12-14-20 to throw Wisconsin’s electoral votes to the defeated Donald Trump, thereby forcing Mike Pence’s hand on that fateful day. Awaiting the Vice President on January 6, 2,000 insurrectionists were prepared to bolster the Vice President’s courage “to do the right thing” or hang him if not.
Like Virgil Solozzo told Michael Corleone at the restaurant, “You give me too much credit, kid. I’m not that clever.”
The U.S. House Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection wants to talk to a couple of Wisconsin’s would-be electors, one of them being past state Republican chairman Andrew Hitt. In contrast to the likes of Steve Bannon, Appleton attorney Hitt is more than willing to “participate in this process to clarify any confusion that may exist.”
Wisconsin Republicans met as provisional electors in the wake of seven lawsuits filed the preceding weeks challenging the outcome of the presidential election. In one of them, the WI Supreme Court did not rule until the very day that the Republican electors met in Madison. Only weeks later did a federal appeals court deny another Trump challenge.
Hitt told the WI State Journal “The Wisconsin electors were simply following the guidance of legal counsel to preserve the on-going Wisconsin legal strategy.” December 14 was the day electors from the 50 states were required to meet. In six other states Biden won, Republicans also cast electoral votes — giving rise to the conspiracy theory.
Not good enough for WI State Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee. He was all over Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show this past week braying for the head of U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-WI. Seems Fitzgerald, then the leader of the state senate, may have reserved the room for the 10 Republicans. Extra! Extra! The partisan Democrat brays. Read allaboudit!
“Open records regarding Wisconsin’s fake electors suggest Congressman Scott Fitzgerald played significant role in trying to overturn a free and fair election.”
How significant? Larson says Fitzgerald … may have … reserved … the room. Speculation that billowed Rachel’s sails. Which she needed after her Russian collusion hoax crashed and burned. True, Fitzgerald raised objections to the official certification; he was one of 147. But then, so did Jamie Raskin and Pramila Jayapal object to Trump’s victory four years earlier. (Read & Weep)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: No word from Sen. Larson on any legislative staffers who may have brought coffee to the conspirators.
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A faceless lab coat here at the Werkes notices that at every mention of Michael Gableman, the WI State Journal spits out this clause: “… at a cost of $676,000 in taxpayer money.”
Fair is fair. Could our favorite Madison morning daily newspaper also give the same treatment to the Police Civilian Oversight Board? “… at a cost of $451,000 in taxpayer money.”
Since its creation 15 months ago, it has managed to accomplish but two things: determine its pronouns and offer a job to a man found guilty of discrimination.