The Oasis Reporters
January 6, 2021
Second Senate election, perched on a knife edge as it’s too close to call
Raphael Warnock’s unambiguous win, such that the Republican opponent cannot ask Georgia’s electoral body for any time dragging recount has gone further to validate what both Democratic election officials as well as Republican election officials and further repudiate President Trump’s oft repeated claims that he actually won the Georgia’s election.
In aid of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims, he has pinned his hopes on Vice President Mike Pence, urging him to come “through” for him in the electoral vote certification today.
Trump is beginning to act like an African dictator in a banana republic by showing desperation to stay on in power. He claims that Vice President Mike Pence can ‘reject’ Electors. Is he right ?
In recent days President Donald Trump has been pressing Vice President Mike Pence to influence the electoral vote certification on Wednesday.
“The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Trump claimed in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
The tweet followed Trump calling on the vice president to “come through” for him, in comments he made during a rally Monday night in Georgia for senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, ahead of the runoff elections in the state that will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.
“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us. I have to tell you,” said Trump. “Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”
The president added that Pence was “going to have a lot to say about it. And you know one thing with him, you’re going to get straight shots. He’s going to call it straight.”
Despite Trump’s claims, the Constitution doesn’t grant the vice president that much power. Instead, it’s up to the House and Senate to voice objections to the electoral vote certification.
Under federal law, Congress must meet on January 6 to open sealed certificates from each state that contain a record of their electoral votes.
As President of the Senate, Pence presides over the session. If the vice president cannot attend, the Senate pro-tempore, the longest-serving senator in the majority party, will lead the session. The Senate pro-tempore is currently Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
The presiding officer, which in this case is expected to be Pence, opens the certificates of the electoral votes from each state in alphabetical order. Appointed tellers from the House and Senate then read each certificate out loud and record the vote. At the end of the count, Pence is responsible for announcing the winner.
Pence’s role in the session, according to the Associated Press, is “largely pro forma,” meaning “for the sake of form.”
“I think he will approach this as a constitutionalist, basically, and say ‘What’s my role in the Constitution as president of the Senate?'” David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth and a friend to Pence, told the AP.
“What he’ll do is allow anybody who is going to move to object to be heard, but then abide by what the majority of the Senate makes the outcome,” McIntosh added.
An objection to an electoral vote can occur after a teller reads the certificate from a state. However, Pence can’t hear the objection unless it’s written and signed by a member of both chambers.
If there is an objection request, which is likely since multiple GOP lawmakers declared they would object to certain electoral votes, the House and Senate separate and debate for two hours to consider the objection.
For the objection to move forward, both chambers have to agree to it by a majority vote—unlikely with Democrats controlling the House. If they don’t agree, the original electoral votes are counted.
There’s one other electoral result being awaited in Georgia State. As it’s results stream in, it is safe to say that the results are too close to call. If it flips blue, the Democrats would have an edge in the upper chamber. They already control the House of Representatives. And such a win would help Biden implement his progressive plans for the US.
Republicans do not want to hear that and want that scenario disrupted. Meanwhile, notable is the fact that Raphael Warnock’s tally outperformed Biden’s win in November last year. Makes Trump’s struggle to upturn it seemingly futile. The former cotton growing state fueled by black slave labour is asserting itself in saying, ‘victory at last’.