The Republican Hallelujah Chorus got another adherent today, as Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, in an attempt to cover his flank with Trump bitter enders, will contest the certification of the Electoral College before Congress on January 6th. It is a doomed and embarrassing effort. It puts the GOP in a category even past Democrat efforts to aggressively pout in 2016.

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Newsmax: “Republican Senator Josh Hawley said he will object to the certification of the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden as president when Congress convenes on Jan. 6, defying warnings from GOP leaders against staging a doomed-to-fail spectacle. ‘I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,’ Hawley, of Missouri, said in a statement. ‘And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.’ President Donald Trump so far has refused to concede his loss in the election — citing baseless claims of fraud — and urged his supporters to carry on the fight. John Thune, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said last week that attempts to object to the electoral count would ‘go down like a shot dog in the Senate.’ He advised GOP lawmakers who plan to take part in the effort to reconsider.”

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Notice Newsmax, a completely conservative publication, uses the term “baseless” to describe the president’s claims of fraud. Now, we know some out there prefer such shining examples of logic and fact-based reporting as “Trumpismysavior.com” and “Magatilidie.com” for their objective news and news analysis. But when Newsmax, Breitbart, and this publication think the game is up, perhaps it’s a hint?

Now, do Hawley and the president have some legitimate points about the election? Yes. But a kamikaze attack is not the way to go about dealing with them. The courts, which so far have not been kind of Trump in this regard, and Senate investigations are the proper avenues of action. That is, if idiotic Republican moves like Hawley’s haven’t lost us votes in Georgia and we lose the Senate.