Well, the smoke continues to clear but amid the remaining haze, some things are becoming apparent.
First, Senator Thom Tillis emerged as the winner in the race for U.S. Senate after enough votes were counted to make catching up impossible for his opponent Cal Cunningham. When that became apparent, Cunningham conceded. At the time of the announcement, Tillis was leading the race by over 95,000 votes.
The upshot of Tillis’ victory is that Democrats would have to win both Senate seats in the Georgia run-off races to achieve a 50-50 split in the Senate – and with Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris’ possible tie-breaking vote, gain control of the U.S. Senate.
Second, even though current vote counts make it appear that the Presidential election is over, enough questions are still astir to make the next few days interesting. The varying theories of what’s possible legally as lawsuits and investigations unfold appear to be optimistic, while not impossible.
What happened as a result of the whole vote-by-mail process continues to reveal that massive voting by mail only makes voter shenanigans more possible than voting in person the day of an election. Hopefully, at the state and federal levels, there will be meaningful election reform that will reduce the possibilities of voter fraud, ballot harvesting and the corruption that seems to crop up in virtually every election, especially in big cities.
There have been stories that dig deeper into this election’s questions about voter fraud. One article we found interesting included the thoughts of former Democrat consultant Dick Morris, once an adviser for former President Bill Clinton, who typically has a uniquely insider understanding of the behind-the-scenes strategy which actually goes on in real campaigns.
Morris described the strategy, explaining that “This is all a setup.” He went on to explain that “The Democratic Party planned for this. They knew they were likely to lose this election, so the first thing they did was to fake the polls that talked about how they were going to win.
“And that was to set up the presumption that Biden was going to win, so that when he won based on fraud, everybody would say, ‘yeah, he was winning anyway.'”
In the lead up to Tuesday, pollsters, perhaps even to a more egregious degree than 2016, had given Biden the “presumption” of an insurmountable edge the Trump campaign could not contest.
“Then as results came in on Election Night, the Democrats constantly held up the count – in many jurisdictions the count was not completed and was left hanging in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,” Morris continued. “Then they came in with their mail-in ballots, dumped them all of a sudden, barred the Republicans from looking at them, and then announced that Biden had won.”
At that point, Morris stated, they counted on the media to carry the day as the talking heads urged Trump to concede and give in, and portrayed him as holding up a peaceful transition to a Biden presidency. As Morris said, they delivered “a narrative it is the Trump campaign seeking to undermine a free…election.”
That’s one theory. We’ll see how it all unfolds.
The truth is everyone needs to just let the legal authorities and election officials do their job, count the legal ballots and dump the bad ones like they’ve done for years and years and years. Sometimes the process can be accomplished rather quickly. Other times it drags on and on.
Some remember the hanging chads in Florida in the Bush-Gore 2000 election. As long as the drama seemed to last, it was over when the Electoral College voted on December 13. Other presidential elections have not been over for 100 days or more.
The main thing is that the Constitution is upheld, and that voters believe the election ended up with a just result. That is why in a close election, each side gets their lawyers and campaign officials watching every action until the vote is finalized. It’s a tango that’s danced in about every election, especially if it’s anywhere close.
The liberal media and academics wring their hands that this is bad for the “system” and that voters will lose faith in their institutions. Our answer to that: We have observed that ballot security, watching vote canvasses, and campaign lawyers filing accusations of voter fraud has occurred in American elections – again – for years and years and years. It doesn’t seem to have had a negative effect on this system when you see the record turnout numbers of 2020.
But one thing is clear. Each voter needs to know that their vote matters and counts – compared to someone who may have done something unseemly in how they voted.
So we need to let the process unfold and hope that the courts, election officials and legal system are allowed to exhaust all efforts to arrive at a just election result. Until that time, we need to ignore the talking head hogwash on TV and social media. They’re just filling time. Besides – there’s plenty of time for transition. And we all know that our massive federal bureaucracy will keep the government going just fine for whoever wins.