By: Jeffrey Winograd
Post-American Civil War history teaches us that carpetbaggers were northerners who came to the devastated south to reap private gain under reconstruction governments.
Marc Elias is the 21st century version of a carpetbagger who, instead of being vilified, is being touted by the adoring news media and lapdog Democrats as one of America’s foremost election law attorneys.
Make no mistake, Elias fits the dictionary definition of a carpetbagger as an outsider, especially a nonresident who seeks private gain from an area by meddling in its politics.
For those who need reminding, Marc Elias also was the paymaster behind the “Steele dossier” and the architect of the “Vote By Mail” corruption of American electoral values and law. He knows how to bring the big Democratic bucks into a law firm.
Elias Says Facts Don’t Count
Earlier this month, Elias hit the airways via CNN to lambast President Trump for saying the election results were still not final.
“No, [Trump’s] comment is not true and it’s important for the American public to understand this,” Elias said, adding that it is “well past time for Republican leaders to tell the president and the public” that it is over.
“There is no dispute,” declared Elias, who boasted that the Trump campaign has already lost more than 50 lawsuits.
He then lambasted 18 state attorneys general of the Republican persuasion who have been supportive of Trump’s court battles. “This is shameful in a way we have just not seen in our history in recent years,” pronounced Elias.
“There is only one factual side … [and to say otherwise] is a lie through and through,” he said.
However, the very next day a Wisconsin court boldly stated that there are important facts Elias denies exist.
Wisconsin High Court Sets The Record Straight
The Wisconsin Supreme Court in a December 14 ruling on a lawsuit (Mark Jefferson and the Republican Party of Wisconsin v. Dane County, Wisconsin and Scott McDonell, Dane County Clerk) challenging the legal authority of officials in Dane county (home of the city of Madison) and Gov. Tony Evers to allow voters to declare themselves homebound and “indefinitely confined,” thereby evading the statutory requirement of providing photo identification to receive an absentee ballot.
The lawsuit was filed on March 27 and oral argument was held on September 29.
The court concluded that Wisconsin election law holds that only an individual elector – not a municipal, county or state official – can declare himself “indefinitely confined.” In addition, the governor’s Emergency Order #12, which was a response to COVID-19, did not render all Wisconsin electors as “indefinitely confined.”
The respondents in the case, Dane county and the Dane county clerk, argued that the issue presented was moot, in part because the election occurred and Emergency Order #12 had expired.
The court rejected this, stating:
However, even in cases where an issue is moot, we may nevertheless reach the merits of the dispute. We may do so when “(1) the issue is of great public importance; (2) the situation occurs so frequently that a definitive decision is necessary to guide circuit courts; (3) the issue is likely to arise again and a decision of the court would alleviate uncertainty; or (4) the issue will likely be repeated, but evades appellate review because the appellate review process cannot be completed or even undertaken in time to have a practical effect on the parties.”
It should be noted that there were no outright dissents among the seven justices, only two dissents in part. The court majority prevailed.
So, having clearly stated that what occurred in the state was outside the bounds of lawful conduct, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, also on December 14, ruled in another lawsuit that the results of the vote tabulation cannot be changed.
In a 4-3 ruling, the court turned thumbs down on Trump’s attempt to toss out some 220,000 absentee ballots cast in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the state’s most Democratic strongholds. Declared the majority of justices:
The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began. Election claims of this type must be brought expeditiously. The Campaign waited until after the election to raise selective challenges that could have been raised long before the election.
The chief justice, who dissented, voiced his frustration, stating:
“[The majority] does not bother addressing what the boards of canvassers did or should have done, and instead, four members of this court throw the cloak of (timing) over numerous problems that will be repeated again and again, until this court has the courage to correct them.”
It would seem that in the Jefferson v. Dane County lawsuit, the initial filing was back in March and with oral arguments in the Wisconsin Supreme Court held on September 29, an expeditious ruling would have overcome the claim that the Trump campaign did not file expeditiously.
Facts See Light Of Day
The Epoch Times, a conservative-leaning, staunchly anti-Chinese Communist Party publication, has been doing yeoman’s work in covering the election dispute,
In early December, the newspaper published an “Election Fraud Allegations: Infographic” which contained a litany of allegations that have never seen the light of day in any courtroom, a situation which has immeasurably tarnished the American judiciary at every level.
Extremely disturbing allegations cited in the infographic ranged from batches of pristine ballots in Georgia that were 98% for Biden to ballots counted multiple times in Michigan to backdating of ballots in Detroit.
However, the infographic was just a primer on electoral abuses compared to a document that was recently released.
The Navarro Report
On December 17, Peter Navarro, director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, published a report titled “The Immaculate Deception: Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities.”
The report examined six dimensions of alleged election irregularities in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
As described by Navarro, “Evidence used to conduct [the] assessment includes more than 50 lawsuits and judicial rulings, thousands of affidavits and declarations, testimony in a variety of state venues, published analyses by think tanks and legal centers, videos and photos, public comments, and extensive press coverage.”
A matrix outlining the six allegations as they relate to the six battleground states “indicates that significant irregularities occurred across all six battleground states and across all six dimensions of election irregularities,” the report said.
Elias Unleashes Unprecedented Nationwide Legal Onslaught
As previously reported, Elias, acting under the guise of a lawyerly do-gooder, is the person behind an operation called Democracy Docket.
The website provides a roadmap to its activities, which appear to be funded by the Democratic National Committee and various unidentified deep pockets,
Elias’s name appears on numerous motions to intervene in lawsuits involving 2020 elections in battleground states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Among the names of law firms appearing along with Elias as an intervenor in various state court cases is Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. Rather impressive as is one of the leading names frequently cited as an intervenor – Seth Waxman, former solicitor general of the United States under President Clinton. There are no indications that he and various associates are participating pro bono. How much do these guys get per hour?
Quite striking is the appearance of an article on the Democracy Docket website titled “How Georgia Went Blue” and authored by none other than the infamous Stacy Abrams, the failed candidate for Georgia governor in 2018. Wrote Abrams:
Legislation and litigation, including lawsuits by the indefatigable Marc Elias, began to chip away at the superstructure of suppression. Consent decrees created cure options for voters who sought to vote by mail. Legislative changes neutered “exact match” and slowed the purges for the time being. Other suits improved voter access and education.
Community investment led to drop boxes in 80% of Georgia counties—a direct rebuke to the weaponization of the U.S. Postal Service. Organizations heralded the best practice of making a plan to vote and then helped Georgians make those plans real.
Chutzpah To An Extreme
Bearing in mind that Marc Elias was the paymaster for the Steele dossier, which he has admitted under oath that he could have stopped in its tracks, he probably didn’t even blush when, on December 21, he published an article titled “Profiles in Cowardice.”
Playing off JFK’s “Profiles in Courage,” Elias mocked 17 of the state attorneys general who participated in the lawsuit brought to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as 126 GOP members of Congress who supported the lawsuit, labeling them, in Yiddish, “schlimazel” (meaning extremely unlucky or inept).
“[They] were like court jesters, just there to bow and scrape in front of Dear Leader for his amusement,” he wrote.
This comes from a guy who prostrated himself at the feet of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the failed Democratic candidate for president in 2016, and who was a key provider of the funding for the Steele dossier.
Among those who have displayed political courage, wrote Elias, were local election workers and officials “who took pride in the work they did and the elections they ran. They are the real heroes of this election.”
How blessed American democracy would be if Marc Elias were to take his carpetbag full of dirty political and legal trickery and head off into the sunset.