Electoral College Coup?

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No, there will not be an Electoral College coup against the results of the presidential election of 2016.

Yes, the Hillary campaign is pushing for a CIA briefing on supposed Russian interference in the election, but they know it could never be thrown to her. They’re only doing this to “hem in” Trump, not prevent his inauguration. The establishment’s gamble is that they can tar Trump with Putin enough that he won’t dare call off the new Cold War. But even that isn’t going to work.

I know I’m going against my own “Horton’s Law” here, but I don’t think Trump’s going to flip flop on detente with Russia, as partially indicated by his nomination of Exxon’s CEO to be his Secretary of State.

The joke is that the Democrats and their liberal media echo chamber are so worked up about this blaming-Russia-for-all-their-problems nonsense that they think the American people are buying it/give a shit.

But they accused Trump of being in bed with Putin for months leading up to the election. No one didn’t hear the accusations, but no one cared because even though the USSR is long-gone, the whole thing was basically just a rehashed Cold War red-scare-type smear. However, in this case being it was being used by the liberal-Democrat author of “It Takes a Village” against a populist Republican billionaire Manhattan capitalist skyscraper tycoon.

Oh but the liberals would have us believe the rightwing money men and faux macho militarists would leave the country open to attack by the commies, and that never fear because the Democrats — tough guys like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi — are here to protect us? All they’re doing is digging their own political graves.

And just to cover all the points: No, even if they somehow got the Electoral College to deny Trump his majority — which ain’t gonna happen — then it would go to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. And at that point the Republicans wouldn’t dare screw Trump out of the Presidency, by, say, giving it to John Kasich instead, any more than they denied him the nomination back in July. Even if Trump announced a pure Ron-Paulian platform right now they would have to just lump it.

I guess hypothetically if it was the other way around the Republicans could steal it from the Democrats — what would they do about it, cry? But the establishment can’t steal it from the right — especially not the traditionally disempowered populist right Trump voters. There’d be a war. And the cops and soldiers would be mostly in agreement with those in rebellion. And they know that.

So expect Trump to be inaugurated and to then be forever opposed by the leadership of both parties on the few things he may try to do that are right, such as back off the Russians, and supported on everything he wants to do wrong by the same bipartisan establishment coalition.

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Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, podcasts the Scott Horton Show from scotthorton.org, and is the Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. He’s conducted more than 4,000 interviews since 2003. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna.