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Mike Rounds, a US Senator from one of the big rectangular states in what the coastal elites call “flyover country,” went on former Bill Clinton advisor George Stephanoupoulos’s Sunday show and declared unequivocally, “The (2020) election was fair, as fair as we have seen.” Rounds claimed he had “looked at” claims of widespread irregularities in the 2020 election and didn’t find them credible. (By “looked into” I just assume he means he watched CNN dismiss all the many irregularities in the 2020 election as conspiracy theories.) Rounds was later backed up by fellow Senate Republicans, including Senator “Pierre Delecto” of Utah. “Mike Rounds speaks truth knowing that our Republic depends upon it.”
All right, then, let’s take the Bush Republicans at their word that the 2020 elections were completely fine. That it didn’t matter that states run by Democrats changed election laws unilaterally and in many cases without going through the legislature. That these blue-state governors sent out millions of ballots (like junk mail) to every name on voter registration lists that had not been updated for 30 years or more; that Democratic Party activists were allowed to harvest these ballots and drop them by the thousands into unsecured drop boxes without any chain-of-custody documentation or even the most rudimentary verification. If they really think that’s the right way to run an election, then why do these same Republicans not support the Democrat “voting rights” bill that would codify these practices as the national election standard?
Maybe there are some other things in the bill they object to. For example, while it doesn’t explicitly outlaw Voter ID, it does mandate that a note from a friend must qualify as a valid voter ID. (I’m not making that up. It’s in Section 1801 of the Bill.) Maybe there’s some other stuff in there they don’t like, but it’s kind of disingenuous on the one hand for Senate Republicans to declare that the 2020 Election was “as fair as any we have seen,” and on the other oppose making that election the model for future elections.Published in