TomSchmidt writes specifically about the fire hose of voter irregularities across the country and the epitaph of Trump’s first term more generally:
ISN’T that really the issue? Maybe good intentions were in place: Trump complained about problems, which he knew were present. What did he do about dealing with them?
He couldn’t have dealt directly with these problems himself. That’s not what an executive does. But the personnel in place meant they wouldn’t be dealt with preemptively, and that looks like a fatal flaw in the president’s approach.
Granting full legitimacy to the vote counts as they stand for the sake of argument, was Covid worth half a percentage point in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia? If so–and it seems if not probable than at least plausible–iffen called it:
Since the vote was so close in many states there are numerous explanations. If I had to choose just one it would be Covid. It likely kept a few % of old white people home on election day, not to mention the numbers of voters who blame the weather on the President and vote accordingly, and that group would definitely blame Trump for Covid.
There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Trump’s alleged denigration of fallen soldiers. But those World War I veterans got the last laugh, as MarkU explains:
So what have you got against dead people? Be fair, most of them have worked most of their lives, paid their taxes and a soon as they are dead they lose their voting rights. Naturally they have to vote by post because they cannot present in person. Even if they could, you Republican types would probably try to spin it as some sort of voter intimidation.
I know a lot of you think it is suspicious that the deceased are mainly voting for Biden, but the dead probably feel a great deal of affinity with Biden, after all he is practically one of them.
We condemn ageism here in the harshest terms, of course!
Democrats have been engaging in election fraud for a very long time. I don’t think, though, that’s due to the Democrats being less moral than Republican pols and electioneers. This is a natural consequence of the Democrats having support in constituencies that are amenable to “machine”-building such as urban districts, Indian reservations, and the like. And because of the relative ease of cheating for the Democrats, Republican operatives have long said that GOP candidates usually needed to win by about 3% or so to overcome such shenanigans. And of course, the Democrats have had the media in their tank for a very long time too.
Arrayed against these disadvantages, the GOP has had some natural bulwarks. First, the electorate has been generally center-right, at least socially. Even Democratic pollsters and quants have admitted that Democratic candidates are on average considerably to the left of the general electorate in ideology. Certainly when voters are given party platforms without any party labels, they more often than not choose the Republican one.
Second, voting has reliably skewed older, and this has usually favored the GOP in most circumstances (an exception would be older black females).
Third, the business lobby traditionally sided with the GOP as it tended to support pro-growth and low-tax policies.
This election, in my view, has witnessed the acceleration and culmination of the long-term trends that have seen the amplification of these Democratic strengths and erosion of Republican ones. That is, the Democrats now have a near-total control of the major institutions and have become brazen in overtly pushing the party line – at schools, at work, and in the media. The propaganda and indoctrination are relentless and they have become very good at exacting personal costs for nonconformity. So the country is increasingly more “woke” (at least on the surface) and is less center-right in its public expressions than ever before… which in turn allow the left to be even more brazen and hysterical in its control of the institutions and of the news, the information, and the entertainment we consume.
In the mean time, the corporate sector has long ceased to even pretend to be patriotic. It is now openly globalist and antithetical to tradition, and has gone over to the Democrats as political funding figures confirm. Likewise the media doesn’t pretend to be neutral – it now portrays the GOP and Republican voters as Nazis and racists as a matter of routine, that is, as people who ought to lose their livelihood, be assaulted in the streets, and disenfranchised.
Given these trends, it’s hardly surprising that the Democrats and their allies have pulled all the stops in this farce of an election. Of course, that does not make it any less angering. Indeed, it’s infuriating – and deeply worrisome for the next generation, including my children. And it is because I worry about my children’s future and that of their peers, other young Americans, that I now think AE is right. We need a peaceful separation, Czech-Slovak-style, or I fear it will be civil strife sooner or later.
It is worth noting the neo-liberal wing of the Democrat party is firmly in control of the Democrat apparatus. The neo-liberal wing has effectively weaponized Wokeism not just against the right but also against the economic left. The progressive wing fell in line behind the Biden/Harris corptocracy in return for inclusions on a few non-binding committees, and now they’re being asked to take the fall for the relatively poor Democrat performance in House elections. The Biden/Harris campaign did more to court Never Trump Republicans than it did to bring in AOC/Sanders supporters, and it looks as though there may end up being more former Republicans in the Biden administration than there will be progressives.