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Outsiders vs. Insiders: What does it say about Dems when they deny a loss is a loss is a loss?

Have you ever noticed how after every tight election it’s always Democrats who “discover” extra uncounted ballots, nearly all of which tilt towards their own party candidates and therefore throw the legitimacy of numerous officeholders into question?

Tales of Democrats stealing close elections using the ‘ol “I found uncounted ballots tucked away in the county clerk’s utility closet” trick are legendary. Perhaps the most notorious example was 2008’s Minnesota U.S. Rick ScottSenate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and upstart unfunny comedian Democrat joke challenger Al Franken. To make a long story short, Coleman was ahead by about a thousand votes upon conclusion of the first ballot count yet ended up losing (eight months later) to Franken by 312 votes after Democrat lawyers got their fangs on the neck of the legal process.

Subsequent analysis of the vote tallies discovered significant voter fraud that likely turned the final result in Franken’s direction. Franken then became the 60th senate Democrat vote, Obamacare passed the senate (because Republicans couldn’t filibuster) and the rest is history.

As would be expected this year there were several close elections drawing intense media focus because they featured Democrats making mysterious “comebacks” even when candidates had already conceded and/or there was little to no hope of prevailing through legitimate means.

Of course there was the infamous 2000 presidential election when the media projected (early in the evening before polls had even closed in the western part of the state) Florida going to the Democrats which temporarily shoved the unglued Al Gore over the magic 270 electoral vote threshold, only to have the actual numbers lean towards Republican George W. Bush hours later.

Democrats then tried every sleazy ploy possible to turn “dangling chads” into real votes -- but Bush eventually was declared the winner in a historic legal case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It turns out the Sunshine State is at it again this year. A week after Election Day Democrats still hope to turn the tide in both the state governor’s race and the U.S. Senate match between Republican Rick Scott and incumbent do-nothing Democrat Senator Bill Nelson. The controversy involves officials in two heavily Democrat south Florida counties who blatantly violated elections laws and continue to “find” votes bringing Scott’s and Ron DeSantis’s (GOP gubernatorial candidate) margins of victory down significantly.

Karl Rove wrote at Fox News over the weekend, “Fortunately, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., blew the whistle and the Scott campaign, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee have rushed to the scene of the possible crime and filed lawsuits to ensure that voters – not Democratic officials – pick the next governor and U.S. senator in Florida.

“There may be a basis for the U.S. Justice Department to intervene and investigate this troubling situation in Broward and Palm Beach counties to answer the obvious question: Are Democratic elections officials deliberately breaking the law and playing games to delay everything just long enough so they can create just the number of ballots needed to overturn the election results to install Gillum as governor and keep Nelson in the Senate?

“That’s the kind of behavior you expect in Third World banana republics – not true great democracies, and certainly not the United States.”

Some argue Democrat dominated South Florida is little better than a Banana Republic in terms of electoral integrity and adherence to the law. If elections are close enough where shenanigans could conceivably tip the result in Democrats’ favor these types of conflicts are almost perfunctory in that region. Even worse, the media reports on the situation as though the additional recounts are sincere and it's Republicans who are trying underhandedly to suppress votes by citing the clear language of statutes.

Two other 2018 races tipped Democrats’ way upon further counting – Senate contests in Montana and Arizona, but there isn’t (as much) evidence of suspicious circumstances to blame. The Georgia governor’s race is another one where the beaten Democrat candidate refuses to concede even after it appears hopeless to prolong the suspense.

Every vote counts, right? Last year in Virginia, control of the State House of Delegates was determined by a lottery-style drawing because the Republican and Democrat candidates in one lone district ended up dead-tied at 11,608 votes each (even after a court ruled on the validity of a single ballot and an additional recount gave the Democrat candidate 10 more votes).

In the immediate aftermath of the drawing (in early January of this year) the Democrat candidate refused to concede…which is somewhat understandable given the totality of the circumstances. In such cases it would make sense to pore over the voter rolls to try and pinpoint any ballots that might be illegally cast – but if the authorities did something like this in Florida these days Democrats definitely wouldn’t go for the results.

It goes without saying Democrats oppose every attempt to ensure elections integrity through voter ID laws or actions by state officials to lawfully purge voter rolls of dead people or non-citizen registrations. What are Democrats so afraid of? If voter fraud is a reality – which it is – and more stringent requirements would serve to protect the validity of elections, shouldn’t both parties support measures to obtain the most valid count possible?

After Donald Trump was elected two years ago Democrats were sure Republicans colluded with the Russians to release tens of thousands of private Democrat emails (earlier in the year in July, prior to the Democrat convention in Philadelphia), exposing and embarrassing several prominent party leaders but not amounting to much more than red faces and a lot of finger pointing. The info dump showed Party chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Democrat establishment slanted the primaries in Hillary Clinton’s favor – if anything, Bernie Sanders should’ve been the ticked off one.

Thus far there’s been no proof Russia was behind the data theft but it’s made for a couple years’ worth of juicy media stories and a lot of innuendo about Trump and Vladimir Putin. Now with Democrats taking over the House, expect them to keep the narrative alive as long as they can by doling out subpoenas.

Democrats and the media hit Trump hard when the GOP candidate suggested during a debate that he might not accept the final vote tallies, yet it was they who wouldn’t acknowledge what happened (the title of Hillary’s book). When you play with fire sometimes you get burned. Or if you prefer a different cliché, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.

For some reason Florida appears to be the epicenter of fraud due to its importance in the electoral scheme and because elections often come down to a point or two in either direction in the sunny paradise. As a result the Sunshine State really has taken on the look of a Banana Republic with Democrats supplying all of the fraudulent storylines.

Roger L. Simon wrote at PJ Media, “No Banana Republic -- past or present -- could really outdo Florida when it comes to electoral corruption.  After all, the population of the Sunshine State is roughly the same as the populations of Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua combined.  It's also larger than the population of Guatemala by itself

“So who's responsible for this nauseating state of affairs?  The Democrats, no surprise, behave as if Boss Tweed were reincarnated in Miami Beach, bringing down their best Fusion GPS lawyer from the Perkins Coie mafia of Trump dossier fame to oversee the recount. As long as you're on the ‘correct’ side of things, by any means necessary, right?

“But the GOP hasn't got clean hands either. Rick Scott and his fellow Republicans cry foul when the election supervisors of Broward and Palm Beach counties act in a manner that would make Mayor Daley blush, but aren't they a little late? Where have these GOP pols been for the last several decades?  This is nothing new.  Voter irregularities are as common in Florida as hurricanes -- and probably more toxic in the long run…”

Simon makes a great point. As mentioned above these types of problems crop up only when elections are especially tight and all the rest of the time Republicans appear to ignore them. A greater push must be made at the federal level to codify voter integrity measures and have them enforced by an Attorney General who’s not so quick to make excuses (like Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch) or cry “racism!” at the drop of a hat.

Republicans – someone other than President Trump at least – need to make voter ID laws a more prominent element of their issue agenda. Such a movement could potentially be part of a greater effort to pass a national E-Verify system, for example. While they’re at it, the GOP should lead an effort to reduce early voting windows and other questionable methods of conducting elections where fraud is a tempting alternative for leftist billionaire-funded groups taking advantage of the old adage, “Vote early, vote often.”

The vast majority of Americans – Republicans and Democrats – favor tighter restrictions on the franchise. Over the course of decades voting has become much more “convenient” to do, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Just recently I was standing in line at the DMV along with a healthy number of non-English speakers and there was a man going around registering people to vote. Is this truly desirable?

After all, voting is a privilege, not a right. Chances are if someone’s not motivated enough to register to vote of his or her own volition and make time on Election Day to go to the polls (or plan ahead to vote absentee) he or she isn’t investing much time and energy in learning the issues and the respective candidates’ positions. Reality shows Democrats feast on the young and uninformed – no wonder they’re so hot for ideas like mandatory voter registration and obligatory voting.

We’ve learned during our many trips to Virginia’s colonial capitol, Williamsburg, that only a very small percentage of residents were extended the franchise back in the Old Dominion’s formative years – basically limited to white male protestants who owned a significant amount of land or personal property. No one’s advocating a return to those restrictive and prejudicial days, but if anything, it should be more difficult to vote than it is now…and voters must have a stake in the game, too.

Sixteen year-olds (don’t laugh, it’s actually been proposed to lower the voting age to 16) -- or even eighteen year-olds -- are easily susceptible to liberal social trends or “cool” celebrities telling them who to vote for. How else do you think Barack Obama got elected? A mid-forties guy with a basically blank political resume was elevated by the compromised and intellectually bankrupt to lead the greatest nation in the world.

People who actually pay taxes tend to vote Republican. There’s a reason for it – and it’s not because conservatives are greedy or want to cut up the social safety net. No, it’s because most individuals realize government is inherently corrupt and inefficient and in need of aggressive oversight. Democrats want to use government’s power to “do” things; conservative Republicans want government to “do” as little as necessary and let freedom be the people’s guide.

Democrats – at least some of them – treat politics as though it were a big game, a reality-TV show where smooth-talking dreamers promise big and then get in over their heads. There’s even a movement among Democrats to anoint Texas senate race loser “Beto” O’Rourke to run for president in 2020. Are they nuts?

Amie Parnes reported at The Hill, “Talk of O’Rourke running for the White House would have happened if he had defeated Cruz, to be sure. But Democrats say it shouldn’t be quieted by his loss. O’Rourke finished within 3 percentage points of Cruz, an exceptional performance compared to past Democratic standards in recent Texas Senate races.

“Democrats across the country say that if O’Rourke wants to run for president, he has the potential to take the primary by storm…

“O'Rourke finds himself in an unusual situation. Most candidates who lose a race typically go back to the drawing board on career plans. Sometimes, with luck, they can run for the same office again. But rarely do candidates who lose on a lower scale have aspirations for a larger office — never mind the presidency.”

“Beto” (who, like Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, pretends to be something he’s not, in his case a Hispanic) did wow a lot of impressionable people with his upstart challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz. And yes, he did get within three points of the conservative stalwart in Texas, but…so what?

A loss is a loss and now “Beto” is out of a job. How’s that for a platform to run for president? He could run on the “see, I’m an unemployed politician and I know how to create jobs!” platform.

Style only takes you so far, even for Democrats.

Eventually the facts catch up to a liar and it’s never been truer than for Democrats hoping to swing legitimately won Republican victories in Florida (and other places). Americans aren’t stupid – they realize when they’re being taken. The question is will Democrats ever acknowledge it.

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