"We don't like the construct of this narrative," an unnamed republican national committee official sniffed at Politico's Anita Kumar this morning.
And then Mr. Anonymous RNC ran to the courthouse to seek another restraining order that will close the ballot boxes. Probably.
"That narration" would be that the GOP is working overtime to deny Americans access to the ballot and invalidate as many votes as possible. And it is understandable that the Republican Party would object to allegations that it made extensive efforts to thwart the exercise of democracy. But if they didn't want to be labeled the party of the electoral suppression, they could always stop doing everything in their power to suppress the vote!
As recently as last night, the Trump campaign managed to convince one of the ABA rejecters Trump appointed on the Eight Circuit to order Minnesota to put aside the November 3rd ballot papers, which were received after the polls were completed so that the RNC can sue to throw them out later. We are no longer even pretending that this is an attempt to protect the integrity of the elections by weeding out fraudulent ballot papers and asking for identification at the polls – this is just an exercise in rejecting votes.
The Eighth Circle took its lead from the rising Conservative wing of the Supreme Court, which signaled three times this week that it was ready and willing to jump in and throw away late-arriving ballots if the GOP believes it might exaggerate Trump.
Republicans have filed more than a dozen lawsuits in locations as diverse as Michigan, Iowa, New Jersey, and Nevada to prevent universal access to mail on ballot papers.
They have litigated over ballot boxes in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The president himself gave up the game in March and complained to his friends at Fox & Friends that an early vote would kill the GOP. "You had things – voting levels that if you ever agreed, you'd never get a Republican elected in this country again," he lamented.
The party has therefore dutifully sued to restrict the early voting. And forcing people to vote in person during a pandemic. And so that GOP-oriented seniors can vote by post without an apology, but no one else.
For God's sake, the Republicans are in court in Texas right now, trying to cast votes that have already been cast at transit stations in Harris County.
And when that wasn't clear enough, Donald Trump is reminding Supreme Court justices that they will regret the day if they allow Joe Biden to become president. Like at 3 a.m.
If Sleepy Joe Biden is actually elected president, the 4 judges (plus 1) who helped make such a ridiculous victory possible would not only be sitting on a heavily packed court, but likely a REVOLVING COURT as well. At least the many new judges will be radical left!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2020
And if that's too subtle, the RNC even boasted in May that it had allocated $ 20 million to litigation before and after the elections.
So, no, we don't cry over sad tears for "this narrative" that the Republicans' main electoral strategy is to suppress votes.
When the foo shits …
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.