The full text of the order is below. We've all heard that "No Man Is An Island." It seems that the SCOTUS is of the view that each State in the so-called Union IS an island. That each State is now free to define its own version of a republican form of government and it's nobody else's business. This, of course, opens the way for coalitions of States to form and engage in systematic jiggering of elections--the SCOTUS has washed its hands of this Constitution business.
I think it's safe to say that the three Trump justices will live to rue this day and this work. Sadly, so may all of us. The consequences of this will not be long in coming.
TEXAS V. PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL.
The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.
Statement of Justice Alito, with whom Justice Thomas joins: In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction. See Arizona v. California, 589 U. S. ___(Feb. 24, 2020) (Thomas, J., dissenting). I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue.
No doubt there will be plenty of commentary and we'll try to keep up with it.
UPDATE 1: Good example of what the Three Trump Justices couldn't be bothered with:
Study Shows Impossible Anomalies Causing Biden ‘win’ in Michigan — In 5 Seconds Biden Racked Up 140,000
According to the physicist who did these studies (more at link):
In almost every Michigan precinct, Biden had exact 50-55% higher absentee totals than Trump. In 5 seconds, Biden’s total votes in Michigan went up 140,000 votes. In 9 problem Michigan Counties, the absentee votes between Trump and Biden are so similar that the study’s author says they are clear indications of vote machine manipulation.
“The odds here, of all of this, are like winning the Powerball 65 times in a row.”
Tell that to the Trump Threesome:
UPDATE 3: The SCOTUS as a constitutional institution--and therefore the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government--has delegitimized itself. I don't think that's retrievable. From here on out, US politics will be changed and the rule of law will be sidelined except for a bit of lip service. It's power that will be the currency of the land.
CORRECTION: aNanyMouse states that Rudy Giuliani explained the action of the SCOTUS. Andy S.'s explanation (comment below) is mistaken, and I think a close reading shows that. What the SCOTUS did was claim that in their discretion they were denying leave for Texas to file the complaint. Alito and Thomas stated that the SCOTUS has no such discretion in cases of original jurisdiction and should have granted leave for Texas to file the complaint. Obviously that would have opened the door for submission of evidence, and as to would have been the result of that Alito and Thomas could not speak.
I apologize to readers for jumping to the wrong conclusion.