Another Conservative Commentator Realizes that the Election Was Stolen

Another Conservative Commentator Realizes that the Election Was Stolen. This post by notable right-winger John Hinderaker is the latest in an arc where John went from dismissing the possibility that enough votes were stolen to flip the result to accepting that it is likely. Welcome aboard John, what took you so long?

Immediately after the election, John’s Powerline blog was heavily thrashed by left wing trolls. They may have ear-bashed the Powerline crew into accepting their central message, that the election was not stolen. But, as John is now realizing, events since November 3 make so much more sense, and are so much easier to explain, if the election was stolen and the media and Democrats are simply desperate to cover up that fact. Indeed, this dynamic will be driving American politics for the foreseeable future. It’s going to be a long haul.

Democrats are making extraordinary efforts to suppress all discussion of whether Joe Biden actually won the 2020 presidential election. In fact, they go even farther: they want to suppress all discussion of the extent to which voter fraud occurred. …

First, this question: why are the Democrats so hysterical in their insistence that fraud not be mentioned? One reason is obvious. Joe Biden will take office under a cloud, since close to half of all Americans doubt that he really won the election. The Democrats want to stamp out such doubts to preserve Biden’s authority as president.

But there is a second reason that may be more important. The Democrats want the lax voting procedures that prevailed in 2020 to continue in the future. They know that efforts will be made in many states to improve ballot integrity, and they want those efforts to fail. By rendering all discussion of voter fraud out of bounds, they hope to forestall reforms that would make it harder for them to cheat, or enable cheating, in the future.

At last, the crucial statistical evidence gets a mention. John’s not a numbers person, but maybe he’s realizing that — in the absence of confessions — this is where the most persuasive evidence lies.

So, did the Democrats steal the presidential election, or not? I don’t know the answer to that question. No one does. A number of statistical analyses have been done, which on their face suggest large irregularities. …

Beyond the statistical evidence, of course we cannot prove that there was sufficient fraud to have flipped the result:

Beyond that, major questions remain unanswered. In several key swing states, there were midnight dumps of 100,000 or more votes, virtually all of which were for Joe Biden, something that can’t normally happen. Those dumps may have made the difference in the election. I have seen no attempt by any Democrat to explain or justify them. Maybe I’ve missed it, and maybe they somehow reflected actual ballots cast, but the burden of proof is on those who seek to justify such anomalies.

Even greater doubts about the election arise from the deliberately loose procedures that governed voting. Something like 69 million mail-in votes were cast, and until two months ago, everyone agreed that mail-in voting is highly susceptible to fraud. But the laxity in 2020 went far beyond the risks inherent in mail-in votes. I put it this way: I don’t know whether the Democrats stole the 2020 election, but I do know that they tried hard to steal it. …

One of the problems in assessing the 2020 election is that the same lax procedures that enable fraud in the first place also make it more or less impossible to prove after the fact. Sixty-nine million mail-in votes were cast; how many were fakes, and which ones? There is really no way to tell. Once those votes have been counted (sometimes in the absence of Republican poll-watchers, illegally excluded by Democrats from the rooms where counting was going on), there is no way to identify which ones were illegal and pull them out of the vote totals.

Future elections:

No doubt, a number of people are currently investigating the election, either nationally or in particular states. (Not “journalists,” who don’t investigate anything; certainly not anything that could harm the Democratic Party.) Over the next two years, such researchers will publish books on the election. Some will argue that voter fraud swung the election to Joe Biden, while others will argue that he legitimately won, even if his vote totals were swelled by fraud. Books in the former category will have a hard time finding publishers, but someone will publish them, and lots of Americans will read them and discuss their findings. The Democrats’ efforts to suppress discussion of election integrity will fail.

What is most important is what happens next. Rightly or wrongly, Joe Biden will be our next president. We can’t change that. But, by pressing the issue of election integrity in the states, we potentially can ensure that in 2022 and succeeding elections, Americans have confidence that the candidate who got the most legal votes is the winner. To accomplish that, we will have to overcome entrenched opposition not only from the above-ground Democratic Party, but from its press auxiliary, which tries to ban any suggestion that voter fraud is a problem. We all know better, and we can’t give in to the Democrats’ crude efforts at intimidation. Election integrity must be a priority for the next two years, and in the future.

Yep.

From the Navarro Report.

PS: After hearing both their parents voted for Biden, a brother and sister vowed to never visit their parent’s graves again.

Glenn Reynolds:

Nobody was arguing that it was beyond to pale to accuse Trump of being elected due to tampering by Russian hackers, so I’m treating all this pearl-clutching as the self-serving fraud that it is.

Matt:

Where was everyone Nov 10th or so? The fraud was obvious on election night when they stopped counting with Trump way up and then we woke up and supposedly Biden jumped to the lead while everyone was asleep.

This is why I’m no longer a republican. The leaders and the “conservative” media waits 2 months to even start to fight back. Well, screw you.

They just disenfranchised 75 million Americans, booted the most successful president in 40 years (also most popular ever) and installed a sock puppet dementia patient so they can broom him and install Kamala harris.

Republican politicians don’t fight. Well, we need new leaders that do.

The requiem for democracy might sound a little like this: