Kraken me Up

The farce will be with her. Always.

The legend of Sidney Powell, Elite Strike Force Attorney-at-law continues to grow. Via Law and Crime: Sidney Powell’s Georgia Kraken Filing Began by Saying Dominion Flipped Votes from Biden to Trump.

The Georgia Kraken, when arguing on Friday that the Eleventh Circuit has jurisdiction to hear its appeal, said Dominion Voting Systems rigged the election against Joe Biden. The assertion can be found in the first paragraph of Sidney Powell and Lin Wood’s background presentation of their case.

“[T]here were all imaginable varieties of voting fraud,” appellants said, “including machine-controlled algorithms deliberately run by Dominion Voting Systems that generally took more than 2.5% of the votes from Mr. Biden and flipped them to Mr. Trump for a more than 5% fraudulent increase for Mr. Biden.”

To be clear, this line says that Dominion took votes from Biden and gave them to Trump—to increase Biden’s vote. That’s an … interesting theory and “epic fail.”

Emphasis mine.

I suppose people who write in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, as I have made countless errors and typos over the years here at OTB alone. Still, I would like to think if I was preparing a major court filing certain to be scrutinized to the nth degree, I might have some competent folks proofread the darn thing.

And while typo-shaming is hardly the highest form of criticism, I figure when a person is trying to subvert democracy and disenfranchise millions, such shaming is hardly out of bounds.

And, of course, there is the more salient fact that she has no evidence and is continually losing in court in any way that matters.

Also from Law and Crime: Eleventh Circuit Dismisses Sidney Powell and Lin Wood’s Appeal in Georgia Kraken Case: The Answer Is ‘No’.

The whole thing is simultaneously ridiculous and incredibly dangerous since a lot of Americans are taking these outlandish “theories” seriously.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Mikey says:

    Yesterday, this team of utter ignorami lost five times in five separate courts in the space of an hour.

    I believe this puts them at 1-for-46.

    But it’s making Trump piles of money from millions of willing dupes, so yay?

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I suppose people who write in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,

    Also, people who live in grass houses shouldn’t stow thrones, but that’s a whole different joke.

  3. CSK says:

    According to that unimpeachable source of topflight accurate info, The Gateway Pundit, Powell claimed on Newsmax last night that she has “in [her] office a huge bag of shredded ballots.” She can’t wait, she says, to see what that reveals.

    I know she’s engaged in a massive–to use her word–attempt to fleece the rubes, but how much longer can she push this nonsense? Some of her intended marks are beginning to question her “findimgs.”

    I myself wonder if she’s not mentally ill.

  4. Joe says:


    She can’t wait, she says, to see what that reveals.

    The check is in the mail. I promise.

  5. CSK says:

    Speaking of checks, I wonder how much money she’s raked in through her websites or

    And again speaking of checks, you can make them out directly to Sidney herself!

    She said it would take “millions” to overturn Biden’s win.

  6. @CSK: “I myself wonder if she’s not mentally ill.”

    This thought has crossed my mind more than once.

  7. sam says:
  8. Joe says:


    She said it would take “millions” to overturn Biden’s win.

    She should spend some of it on proofreaders.

  9. @sam: You really can’t make this stuff up.

  10. Mike in Arlington says:

    @sam: there was a twitter thread yesterday that dug up some of that history up. I was tempted to post it, but I figured that since it was both salacious and unconfirmed, it would be better not to.

  11. gVOR08 says:

    Over on the Open Forum Charon notes that Qanon is picking up on Sidney Powell’s BS. That will only add to her cash haul. The grift is destroying democracy, but it pays well.

  12. Paine says:

    The Wa Po has a good analysis on the use of Dominion machines across the country:

    In other words, there’s nothing to suggest that counties using Dominion systems looked significantly different from counties that didn’t. The idea that Biden is president-elect because of some nefarious calculations simply doesn’t match the reality of the county-level vote results.

    There’s that pesky word: “reality.”

  13. Sleeping Dog says:


    Not to forget that the Dominion machines leave a paper trail that the voter can look at before submitting it. If the machines were flipping votes, it is conceivable that some voters would not have noticed the change, but not thousands.