The original story rocketing around the Internet implies that SCOTUS threw out the entire case:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a last-ditch Republican request to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, dealing another blow to supporters of President Trump who have contested the Nov. 3 election across the country.
The court, in a routine one-sentence order, denied a bid by a Pennsylvania congressman and other Republicans who were pressing an emergency challenge to the state’s vote-by-mail system, enacted by its legislature in 2019.
“The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the order said. …
As is customary in emergency orders, the court offered no reasoning in rejecting the challenge.
The US Supreme Court has thereby declined to question Pennsylvania’s certification process.
The argument that SCOTUS should overturn the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court is outlined here.
Basically the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court upheld the Pennsylvania law of 2019 allowing mail-in ballots, even though that law clearly violates the states’ constitution. It was upheld only on the ground that the objection made after the November election was too late, it should have been done before — the doctrine of laches. The argument that SCOTUS should overturn their ruling was that the doctrine of laches only applies to ordinary laws, not ones that violate the constitution.
So, the Democrats passed an unconstitutional law, won in Pennsylvania on the basis of that illegal law (among other frauds), and the appeal against that law is denied simply because it is too late.
The Republicans are known as the stupid party. Why didn’t they appeal the law before the election?
Still, people who play by the rules, and expect others to do the same, are dismayed. Cheating is prospering.
UPDATE: Jenna Ellis, on Trump’s legal team, reckons we are being misled by the journalist’s reporting because they overlooked something important:
The Supreme Court did NOT decline to hear the Pennsylvania case: they denied the request for a court order overturning PA election BEFORE HEARING the case.
— Denniece (@Denniece76) December 8, 2020
Fair point. Only injunctive relief is denied. It would therefore appear that the case is going ahead and Pennsylvania’s certification is still in doubt.
Or maybe SCOTUS simply want to hear the Texas case instead.