While spineless Republicans in Washington side with the mob, the center holds in America | Lyons

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Donald Trump may huff and puff, but he can't blow the house down.
There are basically three American institutions preventing a far-right uprising to install Boss Trump as president-for-life. You know, like Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong Un.

They are the U.S. military, state and federal courts, and most important, local election officials — many Republicans — holding firm against a Trumpist coup d'etat.

Trump may huff and puff, but he can't blow the house down.

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About the military, there's blessedly little to say. Career soldiers have taken an oath to defend the Constitution, not the Current Occupant of the White House. Maybe the best evidence of his sanity — in the medical sense — is that Trump hasn't ordered the Pentagon to back his play. Presumably because he knows they would disobey an illegal order.

Or maybe he just hasn't thought of it yet.

Otherwise, if the Current Occupant were your grandpa, it might be time for a family intervention. Since the election, I've responded to all threatening and insulting emails — nobody even attempts a substantive argument anymore — with the same friendly advice. I include it here as a public service:

Just don't send Trump any money. It's a scam.

In pivotal Pennsylvania, scene of a couple of Rudy Giuliani's "Gong Show" press conferences — both the Four Seasons plant nursery farce and the leaky hair-dye folly — the state supreme court dealt summarily with a bizarre lawsuit filed by an obscure GOP congressman.

"Petitioners sought to invalidate the ballots of the millions of Pennsylvania voters who utilized the mail-in voting procedures. ... Alternatively, Petitioners advocated the extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the General Election and instead…
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