As The Washington Post reviews, Murphy is “marking time” as she refuses to call Joe Biden because the winner, or reply questions from Congress. Since Murphy received’t speak herself, it has fallen to different individuals to take a position about what “milepost” Murphy could be contemplating earlier than she makes the decision.

Is she ready for states to certify? 15 of them have already got performed so, together with Wisconsin and Georgia. Is she ready for the lawsuits to be over? Trump’s group has misplaced in courtroom 33 instances (as of Friday night) and there are greater than sufficient states with no remaining lawsuits to name the election for Biden.

One suggestion is that Murphy is ready for the official name from the Electoral Faculty. Nonetheless, that received’t come till December 14. And even that isn’t a assure. Trump is sort of sure to dispute the Electoral Faculty vote, which means that Murphy could not transfer till Congress counts the votes on  Jan. 6. And that’s assuming she strikes then. She may simply simply sit in smug silence till Biden names her alternative, who then exhibits her the exit.

It’s not Murphy’s job to truly identify the winner of the election. It’s her job to offer federal funds to the transition group that permit a easy and environment friendly transition for the upcoming administration. In previous elections, these funds have been launched instantly as soon as the end result grew to become apparent. The one 12 months through which there was any vital delay was in 2000, when individuals genuinely didn’t know who can be sitting behind the Resolute Desk on Jan. 21. Even in that case, the funds had been launched instantly after the Supreme Court docket made its ruling, somewhat than ready for the precise Electoral Faculty vote.

Like many different Republican officers, Murphy is having fun with the truth that all she has to do to win Donald Trump’s fickle approval—and the cheers of the mob—is nothing. Simply … nothing. 

In fact, this implies she’ll be going to her household Thanksgiving understanding that her intransigence can be straight answerable for empty chairs subsequent 12 months, when households left devastated by loss that would have been prevented by a extra environment friendly transition, come collectively to mourn. Proper now, Murphy’s refusal to do the suitable factor is making her a hero for the morally repugnant, however give it time. Her identify will nonetheless be remembered, however nobody can be cheering.