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Winning Elections the Democrat Way

"The more time that passes since Election Day, the better things keep looking for Democrats." —Demo Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Mark Alexander · Nov. 14, 2018
“No Wall of words, no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1798)

In the inimitable words of Baseball Hall of Fame sage Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Who could’ve guessed that, after the closing bell of the 2018 midterm election, the Florida results would turn into a ballot brawl, tied up in nine legal challenges (at current count)?

Perhaps Karl Marx got something correct when noting that history repeats itself, “first as tragedy, then as farce.”

Given the Trump administration’s extraordinary midterm scorecard of domestic and foreign policy achievements, it’s unfortunate that Republicans lost control of the House. Still, it wasn’t anything like the 63-seat bloodbath Barack Obama suffered in his first midterm referendum.

But in the end, the combined “Hate Trump” salvos from the Democrat Party and its Leftmedia advocates was enough to saturate the polls.

Though Obama’s Democrats also lost six Senate seats in his first midterm, it appears that Trump’s Republicans have gained two seats — maybe.

A week ago, it looked like Republicans had picked up three seats, with former Air Force fighter pilot Martha McSally capturing the Senate seat being vacated by anti-Trump Republican Jeff Flake. Instead, she conceded Monday in a narrow loss to a petulant leftist, Kyrsten Sinema. The latter once described her state as “a meth lab of democracy,” a dig at Arizona’s “deplorables.”

It is a notable irregularity that Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, defeated his opponent by a whopping 15%, while McSally’s loss to Sinema was under 2%, though Sinema failed to win a popular majority. What can explain such an extraordinary level of ticket-splitting? Clearly, McSally got “Flaked.”

Now, sore-losing Democrats are trying to cut Republican Senate gains to just one seat by overturning the results of Rick Scott’s victory over Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson. Last Tuesday evening, it was apparent Republicans had won that Senate seat and the governor’s race. In the latter, corrupt Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum had conceded to Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Not only is Gillum part of a corruption investigation stemming from his years as Tallahassee mayor, but his Senate campaign was heavily funded by California billionaire leftist Tom Steyer.

As for Nelson, sensing his campaign was in trouble three months ago, he laid the groundwork to contest the election results by claiming the Russians had hacked Florida election headquarters, a fallacious claim that even The Washington Post was unable to substantiate. When pressed on the claim by the media, Nelson declared, “That’s classified.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray have both refuted Nelson’s claims.

So now both Nelson and Gillum are contesting the election results. And with crooked election supervisors like Broward County’s Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County’s Susan Bucher, why not? Miraculously, they’re finding thousands of previously uncounted votes in those two deep-blue counties.

According to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), “Florida law requires counties report early voting and vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close. [Days] after polls closed two Democrat strongholds [—] Broward County and Palm Beach County [—] are still counting and refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count. … Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely results. Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes?”

Regarding the flood of Democrat lawyers contesting the Florida election, Rubio added, “[Those] lawyers aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted. They’re here to get as many votes for their client as possible counted & get as many votes for opponent as possible thrown out.”

Even left-of-center Politico offered this scathing assessment of Snipes’s sordid history of vote pilfering: “Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines. So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes … that her days in office are now numbered.”

For her part, Snipes now says, “It is time to move on,” adding, “I think I have served the purpose that I came for, which is to provide a credible election product for Broward.”

“Election product”?

According to Demo Senate leader Chuck Schumer, “The more time that passes since Election Day, the better things keep looking for Democrats.”

Exactly!

And Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former disgraced head of the Democrat National Committee, defended the fraudulent efforts, insisting, “The process is simply working.” And she has some experience with how Snipes makes the process work. In 2016, Snipes helped Wasserman Schultz win her primary by destroying opposition ballots. And she posted those election results 30 minutes before the polls had closed.

But here we are again. It’s now likely there will be mandated state-wide recounts challenging both the Scott and DeSantis victories.

Apparently, not much has changed in Florida since the 2000 election of George W. Bush over Albert Arnold Gore. The outcome of that state’s election, and thus the presidency, was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which, after a 36-day recount battle, correctly decided in favor of Bush by overruling the Florida Supreme Court’s order for a recount of “undervotes” — those ballots that, for any number of reasons, were not counted.

Gore finally conceded for a second time. But it’s worth noting that a consortium of media outlets contracted the accounting firm BDO Seidman to examine more than 60,000 “undervotes” from all of Florida’s counties, and that review determined Bush would have won the statewide recount of undervotes if SCOTUS had not intervened. The study also determined that the most lenient standard of vote counting (which Gore’s attorneys sought) would have given Bush an even greater lead.

In the 2000 election, neither Bush nor Gore gained a popular majority of the votes, with Bush wining 47.9% (271 electoral votes) to Gore’s 48.4% (266 electoral votes).

Of note, in the two presidential elections prior to 2000, Bill Clinton failed to win a popular majority in either, receiving just 43% in 1992 and 49% in 1996.


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Neither of those results, however, caused Republicans to take to the streets in protest, as Democrats and their screaming masses and anti-fascist fascists did in 2016. In that election, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump received a popular majority of votes, but Trump won where it mattered, trouncing Clinton 304 to 227 in the Electoral College.

For the record, Democrats have a long history of election tampering that far eclipses any influence of remote (and nonexistent) Russian collusion in 2016.

And when it comes to “finding votes” that had not been counted, Lyndon Johnson’s Texas Senate run in 1948 is a case study. In his first attempt six years earlier, even with Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigning for him, LBJ lost by 1,311 votes — and, of course, he alleged voter fraud. In his 1948 runoff with his Republican opponent, it appeared once again that LBJ had lost, this time by 20,000 votes. But miraculously, after various “adjustments” to the reported numbers, Johnson was only about a hundred votes from victory. And, shazam, a box of uncounted ballots was discovered, giving Johnson an 87-vote win.

LBJ’s campaign manager, future Texas Gov. John Connally, was present for the newfound ballot count. Among the 202 additional votes, it would later be determined that some voters were deceased and others were not in the county on Election Day. (Coincidentally, recall that Gov. Connally was in the limousine with John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, making LBJ president.)

Almost 30 years later, The New York Times published an exposé on the 1948 election titled, “Ex-Official Says He Stole 1948 Election for Johnson.” According to that report, “The disclosure was made by Luis Salas, who was the election judge for Jim Wells County’s Box 13, which produced just enough votes in the 1948 Texas Democratic primary runoff to give Mr. Johnson the party’s nomination for the United States Senate. … ‘Johnson did not win that election — it was stolen for him and I know exactly how it was done.’ … Mr. Salas said he decided to break his silence [to gain] ‘peace of mind.’ … ‘I was just going along with my party.’”

The Times article concluded, “A former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, T. Keilis Dibrell … confirmed Mr. Salas’s statement that the last 200 votes had been in alphabetical order. … Mr. Dibrell said, ‘Also, the last 202 names were made with the same colored ink, and in the same handwriting.”

In 1990, The Washington Post published David Broder’s review of a detailed analysis of LBJ’s theft of the 1948 election. In it, Johnson biographer Robert Caro assessed Johnson as “driven by 'a boundless ambition.’ … His career had been a story of manipulation, deceit and ruthlessness … in which nothing matters but victory and any maneuver that leads to victory is justified. … Johnson stole the victory in the 1948 Senate race.”

Of course, in the 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy (with LBJ as his running mate) and Richard Nixon, Kennedy defeated Nixon by a microscopic margin of 0.2%, and he failed to secure a popular majority. The deciding electoral victory hinged on Kennedy winning Illinois, where corrupt Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his Cook County dynasty turned out enough votes for the Kennedy victory. Esteemed JFK and LBJ biographer Robert Dallek concluded that Daley’s political machine “probably stole Illinois from Nixon,” while JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy conceded that the Daley political machine was “the whole ballgame.”

And the other big state that JFK needed to win the electoral majority in 1960? You guessed it — Texas. LBJ had it covered for him.

Despite such an agonizingly narrow loss, Nixon had the decency to concede on the morning after the election. He noted, “In our campaigns, no matter how hard they may be, no matter how close the election may turn out to be, those who lose accept the verdict and support those who win.” (It was only the second time in history that a vice president conceded defeat — the first being Abraham Lincoln’s opponent in 1860, when Lincoln won only 39.8% of the vote.)

Don’t expect such humility and decency from Bill Nelson or Andrew Gillum in Florida. Humility and decency simply aren’t in the political toolbox of today’s Democrat Party. Nor should we expect The New York Times or The Washington Post to call out the abject corruption undermining the Florida elections, or those elsewhere across the nation.

A more recent example of the LBJ model was the 2008 Minnesota Senate race where now-disgraced Demo comedian Al Franken “defeated” incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. At the end of that election, Coleman was 215 votes ahead of Franken, which triggered a recount. That reversed the victory and provided Franken a 225-vote win. Months after Coleman conceded, it was determined that the final count included 1,099 votes from ineligible felony offenders.

Because felony offenders overwhelmingly support Democrats, for that reason Florida is now allowing convicted felons to vote.

What could go wrong?

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