A mercifully small number of people interested in the earliest phase of the 2022 U.S. Senate race in Colorado will tune into the far-right Real America’s Voice streaming news channel this evening to watch former Donald Trump couptorney Jenna Ellis, desperately trying to avoid the ignominious fate of co-coupspirators Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell by career-shifting to conservative commentator, interview longtime local ambulance chaser and perennial would-be but never seems to be serious Republican candidate Dan Caplis–most recently name-checked as a potential GOP challenger to incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. Caplis has been inserting himself into preliminary campaign rumors in literally every election cycle since at least 2008 without success, so it’s important to take his machinations with a larger than usual grain of salt.
The ostensible subject will be Trump’s lawsuit announced today against Facebook, Twitter, and Google, which competent legal opinion doesn’t put much stock in. It’s a much safer subject matter for both Ellis and Caplis than, for example, the six-month anniversary of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol this week. Caplis regularly hosted Ellis after the 2020 elections to hype her baseless claims that the election was stolen while the promotion of the Big Lie was ramping up, as noted by the Colorado Times Recorder:
Caplis told Ellis how impressed he was with her professionalism.
“As this gets into courtrooms, I hope that you become the leader of the [Trump] team,” said Caplis on air. “Because it is moments like this where some of the greatest legal talent in American history has had a chance to show itself. And boy, I would love to see you at the tip of the spear.”
But after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, Caplis didn’t want to talk about any tips of any spears:
Every single person who is violating the law at the U.S. Capitol right now should be immediately arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, including imprisonment. @630KHOW
— Dan Caplis (@DanCaplis) January 6, 2021
As for whether or not Caplis still believes that the 2020 election was stolen, like Ellis does even though Ellis reportedly doesn’t buy Sidney Powell’s latest theory that Trump will be “reinstated” sometime next month? We’ll have to see what Caplis has to say about that in the friendly confines of Ellis’ program tonight. But Caplis’ predicament is illustrative of the difficulty Republicans face in 2022, with the need to please the Trump-loyal base by forcibly regurgitating the Big Lie for the primary–and then somehow try to pivot and be taken seriously by a majority of general election voters.
With that said, Dan Caplis is not the answer to this riddle any more than he was in 2008.
Only "real Americans" sit downwind from Giuliani.
Is she still going by Jenna Ellis? Didn’t someone here last week(ish) uncover the fact her bar license is under another name?
Yes, I thought kwtree/mamajama had tracked Jenna down a while back.
Attorney registration (coloradosupremecourt.com) lists her as "Jenna Lynn Rives," registration number 44026, with her business address listed as the Thomas More Society in Chicago. Oh, and she doesn't carry liability insurance. I think Rives was her previous married name. If she's legally changed her name back to Ellis, she should have changed her attorney registration information with the court. But she's not a fan of the law or rules, despite being a full-on hardcore constitutional lawyer.
Wikipedia's article on Jenna Ellis helpfully says "David Rives (m.2019; div 2020)." Apparently, there are at least two sides to the story of the relationship. I'm old enough to recall when Evangelicals frowned mightily at divorce. I guess things are different now than they were in the "never-changing" doctrines emerging from Colorado Springs.
Colorado Pols "spaceman65" kicked off a stream of comments link about David Rives.
Well, Ms. Ellis' marriage did last longer than Brittany Spears' first marriage in Vegas. But not by much.
BTW JiD, I think the big change occurred when the evangelicals embraced the twice-divorced, three-time married adulterer with the orange hair and the small hands.
Spose’ Caplis will earn a few CLEs from this refresher with a for-reals
honest to goddishonest as hell CCU “constitutional law professor” ???
Unless or until she is suspended.
I thought she taught a course or two in undergraduate constitutional law at CCU, which makes her a big time resume embellisher. So, Jenna would not be the next coming; female style; of Laurence Tribe.
I don't think there is much risk of that happening.
She is more likely to be second chair to that Kraken Lawyer.
Kraken law is quite a niche practice area of the law but can be quite lucrative.
Only if your client pays their bills.
Goodness Dan is getting jowly. Bennett will wipe the floor with him – run, Dan, run!
It's clear that Caplis' anti-abortion rants are a losing tactic in CO. How. Many. Times. have we voted against the "fetus is a person" legislation? And Caplis second big issue, school choice, is a weak red herring, since we have that already in CO (and Bennett will be able to wax eloquently on any subject related to education). Caplis really wants religious schools to be included in CO's "school choice", so little Johnny and Susie can learn about the evils of abortion. Well, Susie anyway.