There are plenty of GOP members in Congress who plan to certify the results of the Electoral College. And some of those members undoubtedly have aspirations to run for President of the United States in the future.
But if they vote to certify the results of the Electoral College without additional, formal investigation into the results, they can run for President, but they should know it won’t go anywhere.
More than 70 percent of Republicans believe the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald J. Trump. Most of those Republicans will be voters in future GOP Presidential primaries and caucuses.
In other words, any member of Congress who refuses to stand with them now will never earn their support in the future.
Nobody can dispute that President Trump inspired a fresh group of voters to show up who were previously politically uninvolved.
Those folks are going to be searching high and low to find leaders standing with President Trump.
There are two schools of thought, at least to me…
One, Republicans who vote to certify the results may honestly believe voter fraud did not exist in the 2020 Presidential Election.
Or, two (and more likely), they simply lack the will and necessary courage to do the right thing.
Regardless, even if they believe the election was fair and honest, what’s wrong with calling for a Congressional commission to do an in-depth audit of the results from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada?
What matters is getting it right.
We need to know that the results are accurate and truly the will of the American people.
Those ambitious Republicans who are reluctant to stand with Trump and his voters today, will find it impossible to win his voters over tomorrow.
Now, some of them have already made their bed — Sen. Ben Sasse comes to mind.
Ultimately, those GOP members of Congress who do their job and stand up for election integrity will be rewarded in future campaigns.
Those who don’t, won’t.
More than ambition, though, what should be the driving force for these Republicans is simply doing the right thing.
And ensuring the election results are truly the will of the American people is the right thing to do.