Why would the president of the United States — joined by his vice president, Kamala Harris — preemptively warn that an election some 10 months in the future might be illegitimate?
Because, like the rest of the Democratic faithful, the only elections he regards as legitimate are ones that the Democrats win. …
The trouble this time is the plunging poll numbers of the entire Democratic establishment. Joe’s numbers are in the tank. Kamala’s are under the tank. .. Every psephologist in Alpha Centauri expects the Democrats to lose the House in a historic tsunami of red redress.
The Democrats will lose 40, 50, maybe 60 seats. Some are predicting 70 seats will switch from blue to red in the House. The Senate is more dicey, but more and more observers believe that the GOP will flip the Senate as well.
But remember the premise.
Elections are only legitimate if Democrats win. …
Ergo, to the Democratic mouthpiece, the midterm elections will by definition be illegitimate.
To rubes like you and me, that seems preposterous. We think that a free, open, and democratic election is one in which the election rules are known beforehand and everyone who is entitled to vote has an equal opportunity to do so. That goes completely against the grain of the anti-democratic Democratic mindset.
The boastful article that came out after the 2020 election:
One of the most remarkable essays about the 2020 election was “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” published in Time magazine last February.
By “saved the election,” the author meant “saved the election for the Democrats.” …
What’s remarkable, though, is that the author cheerfully — almost gleefully — describes exactly how a cabal of anti-Trump operatives swung the election against Trump and then stymied his efforts to challenge the results.
“There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes,” we read. Isn’t that exactly what Trump partisans argued, much to the ridicule and contempt of their political opponents?
Yes, but it’s different when they do it. …
What began gelling in 2019 was what Time frankly acknowledged was a “well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.”
This cabal, Time noted, “touched every aspect of the election.” .. Taken out of context, the litany Time recited sounds almost exactly like what many pro-Trump commentators charged:
“They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.”
Key Quote: “They were not rigging the election. They were fortifying it.”
I’m not sure US democracy can withstand another unfair — and possibly rigged — election. Once is unfortunate, but two begins to look like a pattern.