The same judge who ordered Michigan to begin recounts immediately, ended it on Wednesday. His decision was based off of a state court ruling that found Jill Stein had no legal standing to request a recount of ballots.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said that Stein had “no chance of winning,” deeming her therefore nothing more than an “aggrieved candidate.”
“Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court’s ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan Legislature intended by the term ‘aggrieved,’ plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount,” Goldsmith said.
This means that no matter what happens in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, there is no feasible way that Hillary can be overturned the election. Like the painful regret I had, when I gobbled up the $300 “hatch-animal” for my kid this holiday season, I wonder now how much “buyer’s remorse,” there will be for all the donors that funded this recount.
Here is what the current electoral map looks like as of right now, before recount attempts. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania went to Trump on election night, with Michigan finally closing and going to Trump on Thanksgiving night. 306 electorates went to Trump vs 232 for Hillary.
As we explain here, even if 2 states were flipped somehow unprecedentedly, it still wouldn’t award Hillary the presidency and the electors would not be bound to hold off the innauguration process either. Since Trump’s Michigan win has now been sealed that only leaves a futile effort in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if Stein so chooses to pursue. But even then here is what the map would show:
A narrow in for Trump, but a win still. If Green Party candidate Stein, still pursues the recounts in WI and PA, it can definitely almost without a doubt point to “filling the coffers,” as trump so puts it. Where is Bernie Madoff when you need him.