Friday, November 13, 2020

๐ŸŽถ Turn Out The Lights, The Party's Over ๐ŸŽถ

“This is not a fraud case,” said Trump campaign lawyer Kory Langhofer. “We are not alleging fraud in this lawsuit. We’re not alleging anyone’s stealing the election. That’s not our theory here. In what appears to be a limited number of cases, there were good faith errors in operating machines, that should result in further review of certain ballots.” 

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said there was almost flawless accuracy beyond the less than 200 overvotes.

“Maricopa County employees responsible for this election in 2020, specifically on November 3 in the midst of a pandemic, made Maricopa County elections great again,” said Thomas Liddy, an attorney for the county.
“No formal challenges were filed,” Kenny wrote in his opinion. “However, sinister, fraudulent motives were ascribed to the process and the city of Detroit. Plaintiff’s interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible.”

The judge was not persuaded by affidavits given by GOP poll challengers, some of whom admitted they had not attended an Oct. 29 walk-through session before the election and “did not have a full understanding” of the process. 

“It is clear also that they did not operate through the leadership of their challenger party, because the issues they bring forward were by and large discussed and resolved with the leadership of their challenger party,” said longtime elections director Chris Thomas in an affidavit.
“We’re going to win Wisconsin,” Trump tells York. “Arizona — it’ll be down to 8,000 votes, and if we can do an audit of the millions of votes, we’ll find 8,000 votes easy. If we can do an audit, we’ll be in good shape there.” 

President Trump has closed to within around 11,000 votes in Arizona, but there is no longer a realistic path for him to erase the rest of the gap. 

There are only around 16,000 votes left to be counted, most of them provisional ballots, and not all of those will ultimately be verified as eligible votes. The late ballots coming in have generally been in his favor, but Mr. Trump would need to win the remaining vote by over a 60-point margin to fight Joe Biden back to a draw. 

The challenge for the president became even tougher Thursday afternoon when ballots released from Democratic-leaning Pima County, home of Tucson, were barely in his favor.

It's not exactly like you find 8000 votes in the cushions of the couch, anyway. Besides, the Trump campaign has folded it's legal tent in Arizona, because "there aren't enough votes at stake to make a difference."

“Hand-counting is the best,” the president said. “To do a spin of the machine doesn’t mean anything. You pick up 10 votes. But when you hand-count — I think we’re going to win Georgia.”

Again:  nope.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are separated by just 14,000 votes in Georgia with Biden in the lead. Eveler says she expects a slightly different number to come out of the audit.

"I'm sure it will change because people doing a hand count, there's more reason to think they will make, human error," said Eveler. "That's one thing that machines are really good at, is counting. So, we'll see what we end up getting. I don't think it will be large numbers." 

And then there's Michigan:

 Trump also claimed that he would somehow win Michigan, where he is currently trailing by more than 100,000 votes, by getting tens of thousands of Biden ballots thrown into the trash.

“They wouldn’t let our poll watchers and observers watch or observe,” Trump falsely claimed of Michigan, which did have Republican poll watchers observing the counting process. “That’s a big thing. They should throw those votes out that went through during those periods of time when [Trump observers] weren’t there.”

Not even close. And Trump remains delusional:

When I asked him how quickly he might turn things around, he said, "I don't know. It's probably two weeks, three weeks." He knows the situation. He has heard many people tell him it's over and time to concede. But at the very least, it is important for his most devoted supporters to see him fighting to stay in office. And he closed with a good-natured warning for everyone who has told him there is no hope: "Never bet against me."

I think his ghost-writer on his first book nailed Trump exactly:

“I think that’s so critical to him that I think it is a viable possibility,” he suggested. “I think he is deeply lazy and he is getting older — he has lost more than one step and so the idea that he could mobilize that effort by himself, that’s inconceivable. But, on the other hand, he has a lot of people around him in the Republican Party and, you know, allies outside the party that could help him — for example, I keep thinking that he might take over for Rush Limbaugh, that would be a nice perch for him.”


“I also think four years is like 400 years was 50 years ago, meaning that so many things can and will happen over the next four years that even the sense of distress and anxiety that I’m feeling right now and I think many Americans are, you know, could change in a moment when Biden comes in,” he added. 

The emotions some are feeling now (really not a majority of America, by any stretch; not even a majority of the people who voted for Trump) will dissipate rapidly by Christmas, and be gone by New Year's.  Besides, this is the work of a man only a few people are going to rally around when there's no campaign to invest in, and no public office to declare power from:

That's some fine frontier gibberish, though! But never bet against him, right?

1 comment:

  1. He did build a wall .... called the Mexican Cession. Nice of him to paint it blue.