June 24, 2022

It’s not often that a political party films itself committing treason

Meanwhile, the camera, held by an unknown operator, captured the moment in all its betrayal, dragging all the participants (one partially masked, the others boldly rid of such trifles) into its merciless digital sweep:

After the recitation, each of the participants expressed their approval of the procedure with a seemingly spontaneous and heartfelt display of polite applause. As explained in this USA today January post:

Under state law, the only voters that mattered were those who pledged to vote for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as they did on December 14, 2020 at noon.

The document signed by the Republicans, obtained last year from the National Archives by the group American Oversight, overlooked this detail.

He described the “undersigned” as “the duly elected and qualified electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of Arizona…”

That they were neither “elected” nor “qualified” by the irremediable and embarrassing fact that their candidate lost the election seems totally absent from their concerns. After all, they had fulfilled their task. Their sense of accomplishment is as visible as it is palpable.

Because they had, in fact, accomplished something. In their starched shirts, sports jackets, pressed blouses, and all the certainty and propriety that comes with them, they managed – in just a few minutes – to betray not only their compatriots in Arizona, but also their country and everything he tried. represent and aspire over the last two and a half centuries.

The importance of this moment seemed strangely lost on them. But whatever. Video will always exist to tell the story.