Is she facing death threats from both sides or just one? Would she have ascertained the election by now if not for those death threats? Then maybe the focus of the story should be terrorism and not Murphy’s weirdly-sourced hard choice. https://t.co/YYXdV8GkI7
— Seth Masket (@smotus) November 18, 2020
All Ms. Murphy wanted to do was to slow-walk some paperwork, make sure her current employer didn’t badmouth her to potential hires while she was shopping her resume, now that her current gig’s got a hard deadline. She should’ve remembered: Everything Trump Touches Dies! — especially careers.
Trump on Sunday praised Emily Murphy, the GSA official who decides when a transfer of power begins but hasn't authorized it yet.
Today, we learn she may be planning for her own transition.https://t.co/SeVPGBhqqy
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 16, 2020
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 18, 2020
… At first glance one can sympathize with Murphy’s predicament. It was a close election in a highly polarized moment, and ordinary Americans seem awfully eager to scold people on social media without doing their due diligence. Murphy clearly did anticipate the perils of a close election, consulting with her predecessors to see how controversies were handled in the past. Most of Murphy’s friends and colleagues who talked to CNN attempted to paint her in a positive light, describing her as “a technocrat and policy wonk.”
When we get to Murphy’s agonizing decision, however, CNN’s report raises a whole bunch of red flags: “It’s not clear what specific actions Murphy is waiting on before granting ascertainment. Sources tell CNN she is basing her decision on what she sees as the precedent set by the 2000 election, where there was not a clear winner for more than a month.”…
In 2020, Joe Biden is the clear winner. For Trump to win he would need to overturn the results not of one state, but three. The margin between the two candidates in those states is in the tens of thousands; no recount has ever overturned a U.S. election result in which the margin was that large. As time has passed, Biden’s lead in every swing state except Arizona has widened considerably. And as for the ongoing litigation, Trump’s campaign has won only one of the dozens of cases it has brought and subsequently lost that case on appeal. Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge, which is all you need to know.
The better comparison to 2020 is 2016. Trump won a couple of states by a narrow margin, and there was some push for recounts, but the outcome was not really in doubt after Election Day. The only difference between 2016 and 2020 is that the losing candidate in 2016 acted like a mature grown-up…
Right now, without any apparent logic, Murphy is guaranteeing to make the federal government less efficient, less effective and much less responsive to the American people. I feel her pain. But she seems oddly unaware that it is self-inflicted.
House Democrats should stop waiting for Biden's approval, subpoena @GSAEmily right now, and demand direct answers under oath about whether she's sabotaging the transition at Trump's direction: https://t.co/4SNF5gsDRB https://t.co/oQfuulwztD
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 18, 2020
Reminder, as if it were needed: Anyone whose associates have to publicly insist is ‘a deeply moral person’… almost certainly isn’t. They’re just someone who’s found it profitable to assume the public forms of morality, up until it wasn’t profitable any more. Or until they got caught.
When people die because @GSAEmily, drunk on partisan loyalty to a corrupt president, refuses to release transition resources during a deadly pandemic, could anyone seriously argue that she's any less culpable than a drunk driver who crushes a dozen school children at a bus stop?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 18, 2020
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 19, 2020
Biden says the transition team has not ruled out legal action against the GSA over their refusal to ascertain the president-elect.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) November 19, 2020