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

The National Review published an editorial Sunday criticizing Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBlinken affirms plan to keep US embassy in Jerusalem The Intercept bureau chief: Biden's top candidate for DOJ antitrust division previously represented Google Attorneys urge Missouri Supreme Court to probe Hawley's actions before Capitol riot MORE (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 BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerTrump administration halting imports of cotton, tomatoes from Uighur region of China Biden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Questions and answers about the Electoral College challenges MORE (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.”

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“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.

The Republican-led effort to object to the Electoral College results has been criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including GOP Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMcConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS Romney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning MORE (Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate presses Biden's pick for secretary of State on Iran, China, Russia and Yemen GOP senator questions constitutionality of an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office Graham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article MORE (S.C.). Former Speaker of the House Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRevising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices Paul Ryan will attend Biden's inauguration COVID-19 relief bill: A promising first act for immigration reform MORE (R-Wis.) has denounced the actions by GOP lawmakers as "anti-democratic and anti-conservative."

The objections from Republican lawmakers will not prevent President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE from being sworn in on Inauguration Day. Both chambers of Congress would need to vote in favor of the objections, an outcome that is all but impossible given the number of Democrats, as well as Republicans who are opposed to efforts like those of Cruz.

"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.

The publication also responded to the reference by GOP senators to the 1876 election between Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, who was victorious, and its relation to the 2020 election. Allegations of voter fraud were uncovered in the 1876 election.

"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."