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Idaho Lawmaker Wants States To Prevent Obama’s Re-Election

11:00 am - 11/27/2012
Idaho Lawmaker Wants States To Prevent Obama’s Re-Election

One Idaho state lawmaker is still in denial over election results and would like to see states challenge the legitimacy of Obama’s reelection. Last week, Idaho State Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R) amplified a debunked theory circulating Tea Party blogs, that claims Romney still has a chance to win if enough states refuse to participate in the Electoral College.

Nuxoll linked to the debunked idea in a tweet, afterward telling the Spokane Spokesman-Review “I don’t know if it’s realistic”:

Even though Obama won 51 percent of the popular vote, by Nuxoll’s reasoning, “states are going to have to stand up for our individual rights and for our collective rights” because he is “depriving us of our freedoms.”

Constitutional Accountability Center’s Emily Phelps explains why the idea that unhappy Republicans can prevent the Electoral College from reaching a “quorum” is completely wrong: “A quick reading shows that [Tea Party Nation's] Phillips has his voting bodies backward. There is no quorum requirement for the Electoral College. If pro-Romney electors boycotted the meeting as Phillips has urged, the others would simply meet without them and elect President Obama.”

The original story on World Net Daily, a conspiracy site that regularly pushes “birtherism”, now has a major caveat. The site’s editors added the note: “Since this column was posted it has been discovered that the premise presented about the Electoral College and the Constitution is in error. According to the 12th Amendment, a two-thirds quorum is required in the House of Representatives, not the Electoral College.”


OP: Ah... What is that weird voting thing again?
eyetosky 27th-Nov-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
I had to triple check the timestamps on all this to see if I'd clicked a magical "Go back a year" livejournal button.
layweed 27th-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
have fun with that
moonbladem 27th-Nov-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ummm... President Obama won, get over it?

Doesn't matter if you GOP fruitcakes are in denial. He won.
jazzypom huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy28th-Nov-2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Whoops. Thanks for that.
meran_flash Re: huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy28th-Nov-2012 09:03 am (UTC)
I've only ever heard it used to mean that. "Fruit" is definitely a homophobic slur, but I've never heard "fruitcake" used that way.
windy_lea Re: huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy28th-Nov-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, "fruitcake" is definitely used to mean "crazy" (not "gay") where I grew up. I've heard it said in the same breath as "nutty" more times than I can count.

Though, would that make it an ableist term?
vulturoso Re: huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy28th-Nov-2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
I would think that the term comes from the unbearable gifted holiday desert, and would therefore only offend the niche who loves it.
vulturoso Re: huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy28th-Nov-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
My point is that not every seemingly random noun used to emphasise someone's point is a slur.
vulturoso Re: huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy28th-Nov-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
No, it's not used as a slur. No one is using it as a slur. It is not the same as calling someone 'fag'. Please stop.

nitasee Re: huh? I thought fruitcake meant crazy29th-Nov-2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I've heard it as "nutty as a fruitcake, loony as a goon", but not as a homophobic slur. I have heard words like "fruit" and "fruity" used as homophobic slurs, so it is possible that "fruitcake" has slid into that connotation for some people because of the similarity. I would expect living where I do - in Texas and in a city with a large gay community - if it was used a common homosexual slur, I'd have heard it used that way. So, maybe it is an area thing.
bushy_brow 27th-Nov-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
crossfire 27th-Nov-2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Denial, it ain't just a river in Egypt girlfriend. *snap*
sankaku_atama 27th-Nov-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
This is someone who is supposed to be at least mildly conversant with the American voting system. You know, the one that doesn't base its results off of sticking your fingers in your ears and screaming "LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOOOOU!"

shipperx 27th-Nov-2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Funny how these yahoos are all about [air quote]"defending democracy in the face of 'tyranny' "[/air quote]...except when the majority votes in ways they don't like.

Edited at 2012-11-27 10:55 pm (UTC)
layweed 27th-Nov-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Ikr? And then there's this gem, “depriving us of our freedoms.” You want to remove Obama because he's depriving us of our freedoms by circumventing the democratic process? Yeahhhhhhhhhhh.
lovedforaday 27th-Nov-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
but the people who vote for Obummer weren't real Amurricans.
layweed 27th-Nov-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
no it's just stupidity
furrygreen 28th-Nov-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I think it's considered insanity. XD
sandstorm 27th-Nov-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
I wish I had their unwavering optimism.
miss_almost 27th-Nov-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
made me think of "wrong, but not in doubt"

i know what you mean - i wish i could ever be so unwavering, just SO certain of something there was absolutely no room for doubt.
mollywobbles867 27th-Nov-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
“states are going to have to stand up for our individual rights and for our collective rights” because he is “depriving us of our freedoms.”

Voting? What's that?
sio 27th-Nov-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
i'm probly wrong, but doesn't some of this behavior skirt the boundaries of treason?
mirhanda 28th-Nov-2012 02:36 am (UTC)
You would think!
tabaqui 27th-Nov-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Exactly what freedoms has she lost? I'd like a list, please. And then a comparative list of 'lost freedoms' under the Shrub.

Ignorance and rabid denial are not pretty.
ebay313 27th-Nov-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)

Even if they needed a quorum to vote... then there would simply be no vote. In what world does that result in defaulting to Romney as President?
amyura 28th-Nov-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
The same world where Obama's having been born in Kenya means that the presidency would have gone to McCain.
kitanabychoice 28th-Nov-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
lol I think you injected real logic into your statement, 53 IS larger than 47. *g*
girlwonderrobin 28th-Nov-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
It's okay, sweetie, even in satire, you can't make yourself be that stupid. =]
vulturoso 28th-Nov-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Perfect icon.
ragnor144 28th-Nov-2012 01:10 am (UTC)
On top of that, her occupation is part-time teacher. Let's hope that it is especially never in civics.
lilyginny27 28th-Nov-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
Wow. I love how they are all for "collective rights" when it suits them, but not when everyone else wants is *coughUNIONScough*.

I need a good fuck-you-flip-off gif for this hypocrisy.
veracity 28th-Nov-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
Or a Winnie gif. From Hocus Pocus of course.
dback612 28th-Nov-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
I hate living in this state.
alryssa 28th-Nov-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Sorest losers ever.
girlwonderrobin 28th-Nov-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I just cannot. For the love of all that's traditionally pale and fanged. IT. IS. OVER. YOU LOST. WE GET IT, YOU'RE ANGRY. BUT IT IS TIME. TO LET. GO.

In the words of Eminem, "You don't know me, you're too old, let go, it's over" NOBODY LISTENS TO KARL ROVE!
abiding 28th-Nov-2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Denial is a hard pill to swallow.

Shh you didn't see my fail.

Edited at 2012-11-28 04:44 am (UTC)
sephirajo 29th-Nov-2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Good thing it's a suppository
paksenarrion2 28th-Nov-2012 06:19 am (UTC)
I would like to offer all the sore losers like some cheese with that whine.

But seriously, can we gag all of them? Because the next four years are going to get really, really obnoxious. And if we can elect a female President, I think their collective heads will explode.

Oooo-great idea. Let's make sure it happens. Might be messy to clean up but so worth it.

girlwonderrobin 28th-Nov-2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thinkin' Hilary should be the one doing that. I would pay to see it.
vulturoso 28th-Nov-2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
No. Your 'last chance' was November 6th, where your candidate received less votes than his opponent. Democracy. Choke on it.
moonshaz 28th-Nov-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
furrygreen 28th-Nov-2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
nikoel 28th-Nov-2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh sit down, Idaho.
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