Politics, Moderate



California recall election was ‘rigged’ until it wasn’t. Trump’s hucksterism is now a GOP template.

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And getting to the bigger question, and the thing that has made my manners less mild: Is this “Republicans claim voter fraud!” nonsense something we’re just supposed to live with now in every election?

Will they scream “RIGGED!” before the vote, keep screaming it if the vote is close and otherwise drop it and move on to the next grift? And are we supposed to sit back and accept that a certain amount of anti-democracy hogwash will come with each vote?

Nuts to that garbage.

What the previous president did before and after the 2020 election, and what that oaf continues to do to this very moment, is small, childish, shameful and, as evidenced by the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, horribly dangerous.

It has created a template for Republicans in thrall to Trump’s fascist tendencies. Elder hopped on the cowardly, “I’m going to lose so I’ll claim everyone else is cheating” bandwagon, bolstered by Fox News pundits with the power of precognition guaranteeing voter fraud and Trump, the most powerful crybaby in the world, calling it a “rigged election.”

And all that was 100% true, right up until it wasn’t and everyone moved on, a ruse even the least moral elementary school child on the playground would know is wrong.


High up on Elder’s voter-fraud webpage is a big red “DONATE” button that tells you all you need to know about the whole game. Lies and conspiratorial nonsense are an effective means of separating people from their money, and if this con were any more transparent it would be a sheet of glass.

The phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute and two to take him” needs an update: “There’s a sucker born every minute, and an entire political party to take him.”

So here’s an uncomfortable truth that people, including the news reporters who cover politics, need to swallow: The Republican Party, in its present form, is not a legitimate political party interested in governing. It’s a bad joke, devoid of ideas and juiced up on the adrenaline rush of smashing norms with rhetorical baseball bats.

There are not two parties in America right now. There’s one functioning party, wildly imperfect though it may be, and one gang of pickpockets and shell-game street hustlers audaciously fleecing a subset of the population that has had its brains liquefied by Fox News.


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