Sitting it out

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a lawsuit filed by some troublemakers trying to keep Orange Caligula off the ballot in Oregon on the ground that he's an insurrectionist. They had gone straight to the state Supreme Court (pictured) asking for an extraordinary order against the acting secretary of state, LaVonne Griffin-Valade.

Well, last Friday the state's high court said it won't touch that issue until after the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on it. The Oregon court order, described officially here, throws the case out until after the feds' top court rules:

After relators filed their challenge in the Oregon Supreme Court (as a mandamus petition), the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Donald J. Trump v. Norma Anderson, et al. (No. 23- 719), to review a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court that had ruled on arguments made under the Fourteenth Amendment that are identical to some arguments advanced by relators. The United States Supreme Court has set an expedited briefing and argument schedule in that case, with oral argument scheduled for February 8, 2024. Oregon’s presidential primary ballots must be finalized by March 21, 2024. Because a decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding the Fourteenth Amendment issue may resolve one or more contentions that relators make in the Oregon proceeding, the Oregon Supreme Court denied their petition for mandamus, by order, but without prejudice to their ability to file a new petition seeking resolution of any issue that may remain following a decision by the United States Supreme Court.

Thus spake the wallflowers. To which the losers replied:

Free Speech for People, the national advocacy group that led the Oregon lawsuit, called the decision “disappointing” in a statement. 

“Waiting until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its order only compresses the time that the Oregon Supreme Court may have to resolve the issues that may remain if the U.S. Supreme Court does not fully resolve all the issues in this case,” the group said.

Nice try, kids. But when it comes to not making waves, Oregon judges are extremely skilled. 


  1. I like judges that don’t want their function to replace the ballot

    1. You must have hated Bush v. Gore.

    2. Well, I did. I pushed for all five justices to be impeached and removed from office for short-circuiting the Constitutional processes already specified in the document.

    3. I only bitch when my team loses

    4. Still worthy of energetic hate. Bush v. Gore destroyed the Supreme Court.

  2. They wrote a heck of a script this time with all the lawfare and stuff going on. But remember the Simpsons always show what is going to happen (years before). Trump is going to win, according to Lisa- who succeeds Trump and becomes the first woman president.

  3. My one enduring semi-crackpot theory is Knute Buehler wins the governorship in 2018 if Trump isn't on the ballot, so I imagine those running to unseat LCD would prefer a presidential rematch of 2020 (even if it's rather obvious no one has the same juice for either octogenarian this time around)


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