National Review criticizes 'Cruz Eleven': Barbara Boxer shouldn't be conservative role model

Source: The Hill | January 4, 2021 | Joseph Choi

The National Review published an editorial Sunday criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 10 other GOP senators who announced over the weekend that they will vote for objections to the Electoral College count on Wednesday.

The editors of the publication took aim at the group’s rationale for mounting a challenge to the election results. The 11 senators who intend to dispute the Electoral College votes cited former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who objected to the Electoral College votes that gave former President George W. Bush a second term.

“Barbara Boxer shouldn’t be a conservative role model,” the National Review wrote. “It has always been axiomatic that Republicans shouldn’t emulate the former progressive senator from California, and never more so in this case.”

“If the Cruz-led objectors somehow actually got their way, they’d trample federal law and state sovereignty and blow a hole in the hull of American democracy,” the editors added.

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“If all they want to do is signal that they are upset that Biden won, this isn’t the manner or the forum to do it. Nor is this the proper way to examine underhanded electoral practices that did not alter the outcome, or to propose election reforms, however needed,” the National Review wrote.

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“In 1876, there weren’t just allegations; there was honest-to-God evidence of bribery and ballot stuffing on both sides in the chaotic atmosphere of Southern states still under Reconstruction. There were rival slates of electors from Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina. Black voters were subjected to horrific violence and intimidation to keep them from the polls,” the editors wrote. “To compare any of this to today is perverse.”

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