CNN has one of those weird personality pieces up from sources who must be very close to Emily Muphy, the General Services Administrator who is in charge of signing off on the election result. So far, she's refused to do what in most other years has been routine. But it's 2020, and that means nothing is routine anymore.
Instead, we get this perverse story of a tortured soul caught in a "terrible situation", "a consummate professional" who's "a deeply moral person" but also "a scrupulous attorney", who thinks she's doing her "honest duty as someone who has sworn true allegiance to the Constitution."
And other horseshit.
"She absolutely feels like she's in a hard place. She's afraid on multiple levels. It's a terrible situation," one friend and former colleague of Murphy's told CNN. "Emily is a consummate professional, a deeply moral person, but also a very scrupulous attorney who is in a very difficult position with an unclear law and precedence that is behind her stance.
"She's doing what she believes is her honest duty as someone who has sworn true allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and the laws that govern her position," the friend added.
Murphy declined an interview request for this story, and GSA declined to comment.
Sources close to Murphy describe her as a technocrat and policy wonk, with a lengthy career as a congressional aide and at GSA. It's not clear what specific actions Murphy is waiting on before granting ascertainment. Sources tell CNN she is basing her decision on what she sees as the precedent set by the 2000 election, where there was not a clear winner for more than a month.
The 2000 election was decided by one state, Florida, that ended up with 537 votes separating George Bush and Al Gore. The comparison with the 2020 election is just nonsensical twaddle. A reminder that Hillary Clinton conceded the next morning in the 2016 election, an election that was closer than this one.
Since Emily Murphy refuses to do her damn job she can expect increasingly invective hurled at her, with good cause, like the ad from MeidasTouch above.
Suffice it to say, Twitter had no sympathy.
— 💅🏽✨Oh For Crissakes... 🛹🥁✨ (@lisareynaloe) November 18, 2020
Can we stop it with the attempts to normalize the corrupt behaviors these trump sycophants. Her behavior is outrageous and there shouldn’t be a single puff piece written about her. #MurphyBreakdown
— BlackGirlTweet (@FacingTheDay) November 18, 2020
Facts don’t care about your feelings, Emily Murphy.
Biden won. Time to do your job and authorize the transition.
The longer you delay, the more Americans will die.#MurphyBreakdown
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) November 18, 2020
9/11 Commission found that delay of transition in 2000 contributed to the murder of 3,000 people on 9/11. In COVID deaths & possible terror attacks of 2020, @GSAEmily will, should & must be condemned as responsible for those deaths. Then, Emily, you can have a #MurphyBreakdown
— Kurt "Wear a Mask" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 18, 2020
So, you're telling me Emily Murphy is struggling with the fact that she is a subserviant, submissive, coward playing partisan games with an election, and we are supposed to feel bad?
Being a horrible human must be soooo exhausting. Cry me a river, dickface. #MurphyBreakdown
— Women SCARE Trump💪🌈🏴☠️ (@KylaInTheBurgh) November 18, 2020
— Shay (@ShadyPlanes) November 18, 2020