A Fraud We Saw Coming
There was a time when both political parties understood the dangers of mail-in voting.
Isn’t it strange how electoral fraud has become sort of a quantum concept for Democrats? Like Schrödinger’s Cat, it’s a real thing when they want it to be, but a figment of our fevered imaginations when it doesn’t suit their purposes.
Think about it: Just a few days before the election, Joe Biden bragged about his team having put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
Whoa. What kind of voter fraud was he referring to — fraud that his team was prepared to unleash on supporters of Donald Trump, or fraud that the Trump team was prepared to unleash on Biden’s supporters? Either way, he was admitting to the very real existence of voter fraud — which is what Republicans from President Trump on down have been saying for months. And, indeed, Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats have spent the last four years telling us how real fraud is and how Trump is an illegitimate president because he and those nogoodnik Russians colluded to perpetrate a massive fraud on the American electorate.
And yet what do we continually hear these days from Biden’s media lickspittles, the same ones who let him slide when he said fraud was a serious issue? That fraud doesn’t exist. That it’s not an issue at all. That it’s nothing more than a Republican myth.
Honest people know better. And Democrats used to know better, too. One of them, in fact, once put it bluntly: “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” It sounds like a complaint that Donald Trump might’ve registered, but, as researcher John Lott pointed out in an April Wall Street Journal piece, “It’s the conclusion of the bipartisan 2005 report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III.”
What happened between 2005 and 2020? And what happened to this bipartisan agreement that mail-in ballots present massive opportunities for fraud in ways that in-person voting does not?
Well, Donald Trump happened. And COVID-19 happened. And the Democrats realized that if they could use the coronavirus as an excuse to keep folks from having to vote in the more reliable, more easily verifiable way — in person — they could then flood the zone with those same mail-in ballots that Jimmy Carter warned us about and run up some unbeatably high vote totals.
It worked. At the moment, Trump has earned 72 million votes — a whopping nine million more than any Republican has ever received. But Biden has hauled in 77 million votes and counting, which is more population-adjusted votes than a young, dynamic Barack Obama received in his once-in-a-lifetime 2008 campaign.
How many of Biden’s votes were legally cast? It’s impossible to know. But it’s safe to assume that had we not turned our envy-of-the-world federal election system into a mail-it-in fiasco, Biden’s total would be far closer to the 65 million votes Hillary Clinton got in 2016. And Trump, whose voters were far more likely to vote in person, would’ve won in a landslide.
Sadly, we can’t say we didn’t warn about such an outcome. “This is playing with fire,” said Attorney General William Barr back in September. “We’re a very closely divided country here. And people have to have confidence in the results of the election and the legitimacy of the government, and people trying to change the rules to this methodology, which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion, is reckless and dangerous.”
Today, we’re a deeply divided nation. And we’re reaping the electoral uncertainty that we’ve sown.