As The Washington Submit experiences, Murphy is “marking time” as she refuses to call Joe Biden because the winner, or reply questions from Congress. Since Murphy gained’t speak herself, it has fallen to different folks to take a position about what “milepost” Murphy is perhaps contemplating earlier than she makes the decision.
Is she ready for states to certify? 15 of them have already got finished so, together with Wisconsin and Georgia. Is she ready for the lawsuits to be over? Trump’s workforce has misplaced in courtroom 33 occasions (as of Friday night) and there are greater than sufficient states with no remaining lawsuits to name the election for Biden.
One suggestion is that Murphy is ready for the official name from the Electoral School. Nevertheless, that gained’t come till December 14. And even that’s not a assure. Trump is sort of sure to dispute the Electoral School vote, which means that Murphy could not transfer till Congress counts the votes on Jan. 6. And that’s assuming she strikes then. She might simply simply sit in smug silence till Biden names her alternative, who then reveals her the exit.
It’s not Murphy’s job to really title the winner of the election. It’s her job to offer federal funds to the transition workforce that permit a clean and environment friendly transition for the upcoming administration. In previous elections, these funds have been launched instantly as soon as the result turned apparent. The one yr during which there was any important delay was in 2000, when folks genuinely didn’t know who can be sitting behind the Resolute Desk on Jan. 21. Even in that case, the funds had been launched instantly after the Supreme Courtroom made its ruling, reasonably than ready for the precise Electoral School vote.
Like many different Republican officers, Murphy is having fun with the truth that all she has to do to win Donald Trump’s fickle approval—and the cheers of the mob—is nothing. Simply … nothing.
In fact, this implies she’ll be going to her household Thanksgiving understanding that her intransigence will probably be immediately answerable for empty chairs subsequent yr, when households left devastated by loss that would have been prevented by a extra environment friendly transition, come collectively to mourn. Proper now, Murphy’s refusal to do the appropriate factor is making her a hero for the morally repugnant, however give it time. Her title will nonetheless be remembered, however nobody will probably be cheering.