Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Minnesota election law requires party delegates at the convention to designate electors and alternates. Minnesota Republicans failed to do that at their convention so party big-shots designated some afterwards. Democrats correctly pointed out this duct-tape fix failed to comply with the law and asked the Supreme Court to strike Trump’s name from the ballot.
The Secretary of State objected that early voting starts in 11 days and they’ve already printed a million ballots so it would cost a fortune to change the ballots now. The Supreme Court decided the Democrats had waited too long to bring the challenge and ruled against them based on the ancient equitable doctrine of laches.
Laches? Laches?!? That’s Republicans’ ace in the hole? That’s their big defense?
Laches is one of those kitchen-sink defenses you throw into the Answer when you’re totally desperate and have no defense on the merits of the case. It’s for losers and scoundrels and weasels. A major political party trying to get a Presidential candidate onto the ballot shouldn’t be relying on laches.
They really are the Stupid Party.
But why did the DFL file the suit – which, but for logistics and the appeal to, ahem, laches, might have succeeded?
Michael Brodkorb, newly at MinnPost, breaks that down. Short story short; there are people who get paid to be cynical about things like rules.