Settle in with your favorite single malt for this extra-long episode that offers a deep dive into the election results with Henry Olsen, the Trump-sympathetic analyst who concludes that Democrat voter fraud did not determine the outcome of the election. He fields a lot of fastballs and curveballs from me and “Lucretia” about why so many Americans can harbor reasonable doubts that the election was run fairly—about why this election seems, as I put it, “metaphysically wrong” and challenging to basic sense perception. Henry runs through a lot of numbers that are equally challenging for the Steal narrative. He agrees that the COVID-induced voting liberalization is problematic, and that we still need to get to the bottom of a lot of problems. And if we don’t, future elections will be even worse.

We also unveil on this episode the first “Attack Ad” of the Three Whisky Happy Hour campaign; you’ll just need to listen to hear who gets attacked first!

We could have gone on for two more hours easily, and in fact after we ended the recording, we ended up talking and arguing for another 45 minutes, so we’re going to have to have Henry back for another round soon.

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  1. Functionary Thatcher
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    @Functionary

    We need someone with Henry’s knowledge of election statistics who disagrees with him. I nominate Robert Barnes, Esquire. I understand Cleta Mitchell (Scott Johnson’s friend) may also be looking for something to do.

    Lucretia has the base story right, but as she acknowledged, she lacks the encyclopedic knowledge of election statistics needed to go toe-to-toe with Henry. There is definitely a case to be made.

    A minor dissonant note: Henry’s Ted Cruz joke was sophomoric. Maybe all the cool kids hate him, and Ted is definitely off-putting to many; even to me (the fake stutter and the supreme arrogance). But we’re not considering presidential candidates on that basis, are we?  Being hated by the GOPe strikes me as a positive.

    Henry’s a brilliant guy, and very personable. But it seems all he thinks about is how to play the game, not what is right or wrong. Maybe a little more balance toward good policy, vice good politics.

    Lastly — Lucretia is one tough cookie!

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  2. Functionary Thatcher
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    @Functionary

    One more thing. Steve, you need to be less overbearing and let Lucretia run with it. You act like it’s your podcast, rather than a joint endeavor of the two of you. 

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  3. jerrykrause Lincoln
    jerrykrause
    @jerrykrause

    @stevehayward can anyone realistically evaluate the Democrat party and believe it can be approached with flowers and good will? If so happy birthday sucker!

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    The question of whether or not Joe Biden is a good person is really interesting. Political people in both parties like him on a personal level. On the other hand,  he obviously does a lot of terrible things, otherwise. It’s a long list big and small. 

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  5. RufusRJones Member
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    Biden was against Humphrey Hawkins? That is very interesting.

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  6. Functionary Thatcher
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    @Functionary

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Biden was against Humphrey Hawkins? That is very interesting.

    1. That was so long ago that Biden probably doesn’t remember it. (Although someone that Henry characterizes as “not senile” but to merely be suffering the cognitive decline common in men of Biden’s age, often remembers what happened decades ago, but not what happened yesterday.) He’s not dead, just resting.
    2. Biden won’t be setting policy (see #1, above).
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  7. RufusRJones Member
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    Functionary (View Comment):
    (Although someone that Henry characterizes as “not senile” but to merely be suffering the cognitive decline common in men of Biden’s age, often remembers what happened decades ago, but not what happened yesterday.) He’s not dead, just resting.

    Yeah, when I was listening to that I found it pretty wild.

    Humphrey Hawkins could be the number one headwind against conservatives and libertarians. The Soviets proved it doesn’t work. Tons of side effects.

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  8. Matt Bartle Member
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    Interesting explanation of the statistical argument for the validity of the election. I would like to hear a response from someone else who knows the data as well. Maybe Olsen has a point, but I think it’s still true, as they said at the beginning, that it’s hard to imagine it looking any more suspicious.

    I don’t quite get the criticism that Trump should have taken a “safety first” approach. I don’t know what  more he could have done. It sounded like “people were panicked so he should have catered his approach to the most panicked.” That seems like the opposite of leadership.

    If Joe “they’re gonna put you all back in chains” Biden is a nice guy he hides it well! Remember his performance at the VP debate with Ryan?

    And I’m less confident than Olsen is that cancel culture is not as bad as it seems. Maybe they just didn’t get to him yet! It only takes one wrong comment to get on the list. He seems to think conservatives just need to keep making their arguments, but that’s harder to do if they’re not allowed on YouTube or Twitter. That’s something that Lucretia is always trying to tell to Steve and he doesn’t seem to take it as seriously as she does.

     

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  9. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    @TheCloakedGaijin

    I would be more willing to believe that the people wanted more lockdowns, if all the California podcasters weren’t fleeing to Texas and Tennessee, and all the New Yorkers were constantly fleeing for vacations to the evil Ron DeSantis state of Florida.

    Those polls are lies just like many other polls.  Some people ignore the polls, and some just answer the question in a way to keep Leftist America happy.

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  10. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
    @MarkAlexander

    Stolen from another Ricochet member…

    Election results – like anything else that is reported by the media – must make sense to our own experiences to be believed. The real problem is that they don’t. Here is why I don’t believe the election results:

    1. Complete lack of enthusiasm for Joe Biden. Trump rallied in crowds of thousands – Biden hardly got a crowd of dozens.
    2. The primaries. Trump won resoundingly (unopposed I know – but primary voters still turned up for him). The DNC had to buy off his opponents to clear the field for Joe Biden to win.
    3. The censorship of news and social media stories negative to Joe Biden. The traditional October surprise is too late – Rudy sat on the laptop too long – he should’ve released it in September for it be effective, by the time he released it nearly 1/3 of the electorate had already voted.
    4. Benford’s Law. Joe Biden’s votes broke Benford’s law, Donald Trump’s did not. To me this screams fraud. If this really was a highly improbable situation, and Benford’s law was broken by natural causes – both vote totals would have broken it. At a minimum this says that democrat ballots where treated differently than republican ballots.
    5. The synchronized shut down of the count on election night.
    6. The removal and disruption of election observers.
    7. The censorship of news and social media on anyone objecting to the election results – particularly gulling after the very same organizations spent the last 4 years objecting to the last election.
    8. Joe Biden lost support with Blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ+, Unions (particularly police and construction unions) and yet managed to get more votes? Donald Trump got historic numbers of votes from Black and Hispanic voters.
    9. Joe Biden won only 477 counties (of 3142 counties).
    10. The counties that Joe Biden won experienced weirdly near universal turnout… Often as much as 20% higher than neighboring counties.
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  11. Dr.Guido Member
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    There were some happenings that STILL beg for an explanation even though, on balance, The Donald lost his own re-election. To wit–Newt Gingrich coming on breathlessly late in the evening to say that a dump of some 120,000 +/- votes from Savannah came in and were 100%  ( maybe 90% ?) for Biden.

    That either DID or DID not happen...but that is the kind of thing/announcement that happened over and over again and there was precious little if any follow up or explanation. It was walked up to….but not really dissected.

    That’s the kind of vacuum of which paranoia and conspiracies are born.

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