Toledo Blade: Vance failing at first duty

Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance appears to be auditioning for the vice presidential slot on the Donald Trump Presidential ticket with positions of frightening implication.

Appearing on the ABC-TV Sunday morning public affairs program This Week recently, Sen. Vance revealed logic of Civil War-era America.

Vance said, “If I had been vice president, I would have told states like Pennsylvania and Georgia that we needed to have multiple slates of electors, and the U.S. Congress should have fought over it from there.”

The issues Vance raises as reasons to question results in these states and others were all litigated in state courts, where the Trump presidential campaign universally lost. Multiple slates of electors called for by Ohio’s junior senator requires total disregard for the rule of law as judged by state courts.

Shockingly, Vance does not restrict his contempt for court decisions to state-level judiciary. In advocating a second-term Trump Administration, Vance advises “fire every single mid-level bureaucrat and every civil servant.”

“When the courts stop you, stand before the country like Andrew Jackson did and say, ‘The chief justice has made his ruling, now let him enforce it,’” Vance said.

Bellwether Ohio is represented in the U.S. Senate by a man who believes it is acceptable for the president to defy the Supreme Court.

It’s amazing how far standards have fallen since another Ohioan, John Bingham, made violation of the oath to support the Constitution grounds for rejection from any state or federal political office.