A recount is underway in Florida for three elections, including the race for Governor and Senator. Conservatives — including the President — have alleged fraud and a number of conspiracy theories. Rick Nelson has used his power as the Governor to send in police officers to oversee ballot counting, and the Scott campaign has filed a number of lawsuits, but neither the police nor the courts have found any evidence of fraud, ballot stuffing, or manufacturing votes, as conservatives have contended.
Basically, provisional ballots are being counted, and additional ballots have arrived from overseas, largely from service members (oh, and apparently one heavily Republican county allowed some of its citizens to vote by email, which is illegal).
At any rate, despite no evidence of fraud, it hasn’t stopped Republicans from crying foul in the hopes of undermining the results, and perhaps even creating the possibility that — should Bill Nelson pull off a win in a recount — the Senate seats the Republican Rick Scott, instead.
In an effort to sew those seeds, Marco Rubio used an NFL metaphor in a tweet last night that both illustrates how little Rubio understands how elections work and how little he knows about football. As a Republican. In Florida. That’s a little like living in Maine and eating a lobster roll with hot lobster on a regular hot dog bun like an animal (or someone from Connecticut).
Imagine if NFL team was trailing 24-22 but in final seconds hits a 3 pt kick to win. Then AFTER game lawyers for losing team get a judge to order rules changed so that last second field goals are only 1 point— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 14, 2018
Well that’s how democrat lawyers plan to steal #Florida election 1/4
Terrible analogy. Twitter let him have it, and the responses to it are the reason why I’m still on Twitter.
imagine there's 30 seconds left in the 9th inning, the goalie has the shuttlecock, he passes to the lead batsman but it's intercepted by the line judge … wait what were we talking about https://t.co/CSg3FjqnRX— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 14, 2018
Has Marco been drinking from Lindsey Graham’s cup of crazy juice? https://t.co/HDP7TikOfw— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) November 14, 2018
Imagine if an NFL team were up 17-14 midway through the third quarter, then claimed the game was over, and when the other team scored a touchdown the first team started crying and saying they were cheating and said the league was corrupt with no evidence and undermined democracy. https://t.co/ZJJbcLt9TQ— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) November 14, 2018
Imagine if team of baseball was winning 4 points to 5, but right before halftime, thrower man threw for a 2-pointer! “Foul!” shouts the man, and the manager disputes it. Then AFTER that, no one can find the ball? The point is, votes shouldn’t be counted in an election. https://t.co/ZJJbcLt9TQ— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) November 14, 2018
Oh, is this Shitty Sports Analogy Night? May I?— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 14, 2018
Imagine if the owner of an NFL team was also one of the referees and he and the league commissioner repeatedly accused the other NFL team of cheating based on no evidence and claimed all instant replay is unfair.
That's Florida. https://t.co/qzIFfwXP0K
*kicker makes a field goal*— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) November 14, 2018
Marco Rubio: Oh hell yeah he hit a 3 point kick I love sports and am a man
imagine if a football team’s points were suppressed and teams hired attorneys for their scores to count, end zones switched randomly, the game was moved from stadium to stadium, fans weren’t allowed to ride buses to the game— Lucky Newports (@LuckyNewports) November 14, 2018
I happen to be a Democrat and a lawyer so let me see if I can help you out. Florida law is subordinate to the United States Constitution (the supreme law of the land, btw) and federal law both of which protect people’s right to vote. And a three point kick is called a field goal. https://t.co/KvVebRsesQ— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 14, 2018
Personally, I liken the GOP in all of the midterms to a fantasy game where almost all members of the Republican team played in the 1:00 games and came out ahead by 5 points but all they had left was their kicker in the 4:00 games and the Democrats still had Patrick Mahomes and Todd Gurley in the afternoon games, and every morning the Republicans wake up and see that the Democrats have scored another touchdown and the game they once thought they had in hand has spiraled out of control and now all they can do is pray that Adam Vinatieri can kick 12 field goals with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Colts game while the coach berates reporters, fires his staff, and coaches from the tunnel because it’s drizzling outside (I think my metaphor may have gotten away from me there).
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