The recount in Wisconsin and the coming ones in Michigan and Pennsylvania will not change the outcomes in any of those states. Even though the party of Mayor Daley, Boss Tweed, and their big city machines are famous for winning recounts by finding bags of votes in candy store basements no recount has ever changed thousands of votes let alone tens of thousands. I do not believe changing the outcome is the purpose. It is instead changing the perception of it.
I predict that they will demand the recounts are done by hand. This would make them take so long these three pivotal States would not certify their results by the last day possible for directing their Electors how to vote. If all three states miss the deadline, Trump is at 260, Hillary at 232. No one hits 270.
Then, according to the Constitution, the election would go to Congress. The House votes with one vote per State. The Republican House would then elect Donald Trump as the 45th president. The Republican Senate would elect Pence Vice President.
This has happened before. In 1824, though Andrew Jackson had more popular votes and more electoral votes John Quincy Adams won in the House. President Adams made a deal with the Speaker of the House Henry Clay who Adams then named as his Secretary of State, which at the time was considered the stepping stone to the presidency. This was immediately termed the Corrupt Bargain by supporters of Jackson. The antagonistic presidential race of 1828 began practically before Adams took office. To the Jacksonians the Adams-Clay alliance symbolized a corrupt system where elite insiders pursued their own interests without heeding the will of the people.
This is Hillary and the Progressives strategy to place the mantel of corrupt elite insiders on the Republicans now that they see the nation is incensed against the circle of Progressive power brokers who led us from the pinnacle of prosperity to the brink of bankruptcy. This is akin to how the Democrats have successfully placed the mantel of racist on the party of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. What a masterful stroke of political maneuvering that convinced the descendants of slaves that their natural allies are the descendants of Jim Crow.
If this goes to the US House and Senate, and the result is the same as the result from the Electoral College without the recounts, why do it? The answer is to make Trump seem completely illegitimate. They and their obedient shills in the media will tell us every day and at every opportunity that Trump did not win the popular vote saying he lost by over 2.1 million ignoring the fact that millions of illegals voted. He did not win the Electoral College since in this scenario he would not have attained 270. They will say just as they did about Bush the Younger that he was not elected he was selected by members of his own party in Congress.
However, there is one wrinkle in this strategy. If a state never gets to name electors, the number needed to win does not remain the 270 needed if every state names every elector. In that case it would once again be a majority of those named. Even with 260-232, Trump would still win. Then again the thugs on the left are sending death threats to electors already named trying to frighten some of them into becoming faithless electors who do not vote as instructed by their States. I don’t foresee this happening. The number of faithless electors in American History doesn’t make a handful.
So if after all these devious machinations Trump still wins without the election being thrown into Congress this would only be used by the Sandernistas and the Clintonites to cry rigged system. They would keep their bully boys from Black Lives Matter and Move On in the streets for years while they hope and pray that Trump’s policies don’t make America great again which could solidify his hold over the working men and women throughout the nation.
No matter how this evil strategy plays out, whether the election is thrown into Congress or if Trump wins with a majority of a short electoral count, we will have four years of the Democrats calling this another Corrupt Bargain. They will try to disrupt the inauguration. They will have protestors outside the White House from day one. They will have demonstrations everywhere President Trump goes. They may even try to incite mass marches and violence in the rotted hulks of our once magnificent cities they control like medieval fiefdoms. Using their big megaphone in the media they will use print, broadcast, movies, and songs to agitate their followers for the 2020 rematch between the Donald and perhaps Senator Elizabeth Warren or whoever they can scrape up to be the new face for their shopworn collectivist movement.
In other words they know the recount won’t change anything but they hope it will be enough to energize their low information base for a restoration of corporate socialism in four more years.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens [email protected] Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens