I am not going to provide details while this matter is still unresolved, but it is possible that Tom Wakely, kat gruene, and I will be restored to Texas ballots this fall. Said matter is now before the State Supreme Court.
Not having details at hand doesn't mean that I have nothing to say about it.
There's a downside to a positive outcome in this case: It will look as though an all-Republican Court intervened on behalf of a party that the Democrats perceive as posing "permanent and irreparable harm," to quote MJ Hegar's attorney. That in turn would buttress the perception among Democrats that the Greens are just tools of the Republicans.
Not to get anyone's hopes too high, but as of this writing, Donald Trump is not the President of the United States. It's even too soon to refer to him as "president-elect." The 538 Electors have not officially cast their votes yet.
When the Electoral College does meet in December, what do you think are the odds of enough of the Republican electors cast a "faithless" vote for Hillary Clinton? Will the Electoral College, which many of my Green comrades and I favor abolishing, actually save the US from a Trump presidency?
Apart from that Supreme nastiness in 2000, Trump is about to become the first president-elect to be the defendant in a civil trial between the election and the inauguration. The case relates to allegations of fraud at Trump University. That does not mean that Judge Gonzalo "The Mexican" Curiel will find Trump liable, but the evidence is pretty clear. The trial alone will cast a cloud over Trump and his character.
As of now, Michigan's 16 EV's are not officially in Trump's bag. If he does win Michigan, and Clinton wins New Hampshire (as expected), that gives Trump/Pence 306 to Clinton/Kaine's 232. So 37 Republican electors would have to switch in order to tie the score and send it to Congress, 38 for Clinton to win outright.
Bear in mind, I don't relish the thought of a Clinton presidency either, for reasons I have enumerated previously. As Cornel West has put it, Clinton is a "neoliberal disaster," and Trump is a "neofascist catastrophe." For what it's worth, Clinton would most likely continue the US imperialist war on poor brown people. She would not be the international embarrassment that Trump would, combining as he does the worst traits of Berlusconi, Ahmedinejad, Putin (no link necessary), and Filipino enfant terrible Rodrigo Duterte.
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