Jill Stein has run for the presidency countless times as the Green Party candidate, and following her push for a recount of November’s election and subsequent media attention, she’s greener than ever. She’s raised nearly $10 million towards her recount that has no chance of actually changing anything. In fact, thus far her recount efforts have actually INCREASED Trump’s lead in Wisconsin. All three swing states where she’s pursuing recounts (Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) would need to flip to resurrect Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions; once one is lost, all essentially are.
Stein won’t mind, however, if her recount gets put to rest early, as she’ll be pocketing the leftover money that wasn’t used in the recount.
And the end of her recount will be good for taxpayers in those states who could’ve been on the hook for particular expenses. Republican Party leaders in Michigan estimate their taxpayers could be on the hook for $10-$12 million.
The future of Stein’s recounts are simultaneously in jeopardy and resurrected daily, with dueling lawyers and dueling court rulings. However, at least one court finally came out and said what we’ve all been saying and thinking about Stein’s colossal waste of everyone’s money and time.
As the Detroit Free Press reported: The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Board of State Canvassers never should have allowed a recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to proceed, because she has no chance to overturn the result of the presidential election in her favor and is not an aggrieved candidate.The panel ordered the board to “reject the Nov. 30, 2016 petition of candidate Stein that precipitated the current recount process.” The ruling came out almost simultaneously with a 2-1 order from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith’s Monday order that the recount must get under way at noon that day, which it did.
The combined effect of the two rulings appears to set up further court proceedings in front of Goldsmith and the Michigan Republican Party has already filed for another federal hearing.
“The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in our favor, determining that the petition for recount filed by Dr. Jill Stein should have been denied,” said Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. “Dr. Stein is not an aggrieved candidate as she has no chance of winning the election in Michigan.”
Before you get too excited, this doesn’t end the matter. The dueling arguments continue, as The Detroit Free Press reports:
Michigan Republicans and pro-recount advocates went at it again in federal court this morning, one side pushing for the recount to end and to save taxpayers millions, the other arguing it needs to continue so that voters can know if fraud took place.
U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who heard the arguments, said he would issue a written decision. He did not say when.
Two key questions that emerged at the hearing: Is the Michigan recount an issue for the federal court, which has so far let the recount go forward, or the state courts, to decide? And can Green Party candidate Jill Stein — a candidate who has virtually no possibility of winning the presidency — request a recount under state law?
Regardless of what the judge ultimately decides, we already know who the winners of this recount will be: Donald Trump (for a second time), Jill Stein — and a sea of lawyers.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]