Read this by Charlie Pierce and weep for our Republic.
The Trumpublicans really, really, really wanted to overthrow our government and install Trump for an illegitimate second term.
They failed -- Thank you, Dan Quayle, but the anti-American, anti-Constitution Trumpers have not given up:
"It Shouldn't Be This Easy to Overthrow the American Republic
CNN got hold of a Trump lawyer's memo that describes a precise six-point plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump lawyer, John Eastman’s plan has an evil logic to it that cuts through any institutional safeguards in place through the simple expedient of believing that Pence was both a team player and a coward.
Here's what the plan was:
Point #2: When he [Pence] gets to Arizona, he announces that he has multiple slates of electors, and so is going to defer decision on that until finishing the other States. This would be the first break with the procedure set out in the Act.
Point #3: At the end, he [Pence] announces that because of the ongoing disputes in the 7 States, there are no electors that can be deemed validly appointed in those States. That means the total number of “electors appointed” – the language of the 12th Amendment -- is 454. This reading of the 12th Amendment has also been advanced by Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe (here). A “majority of the electors appointed” would therefore be 228. There are at this point 232 votes for Trump, 222 votes for Biden. Pence then gavels President Trump as re-elected.
Ultimately, the whole plan is summarized by Point No. 6, which is fairly summarized as, “We’re lawless. So fcking what?”
Point #6: The main thing here is that Pence should do this without asking for permission – either from a vote of the joint session or from the Court. Let the other side challenge his actions in court, where Tribe (who in 2001 conceded the President of the Senate might be in charge of counting the votes) and others who would press a lawsuit would have their past position -- that these are non-justiciable political questions – thrown back at them, to get the lawsuit dismissed. The fact is that the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the ultimate arbiter. We should take all of our actions with that in mind."
No one really believed that Pence somehow grew a spine back on January 6, because he was such a toady to Trump for four years.
Suddenly he changed? Hah!
So now we know the truth about Mike Pence, failed VP and failed governor of Indiana. Not a profile in courage. In other words, he sought to find a way to obey Trump and launch a coup.
He came up empty.
Pence was and is a coward.