It’s perhaps unfair to the South to single out the utter corruption of the presidential election in Georgia—the malfeasance crossed the country with impunity—but something about the way it was done calls to mind a high-tech version of Robert Penn Warren’s classic “All the King’s Men.”
That novel, which describes the rise of Willie Stark, a socially liberal socialist in the South, won the Pulitzer and the Oscar (for the film version) in the ’40s, when those awards actually meant something.
The story has an eerie resemblance to what is going on in Georgia right now with the slicker, more modern candidacy of Jon Ossoff, the former journalist/filmmaker and Democratic candidate in the Jan. 5 Senate runoff.
Ironically, Penn Warren’s novel is narrated by a journalist who becomes Stark’s chief adviser.
Ossoff is campaigning alongside his party mate Raphael Warnock, a pastor you might call “Jeremiah Wright lite.”
The more we learn about the Georgia situation, the more you wonder if democracy exists in our democratic republic.
Many Republicans are, to say the least, disaffected. Some fear they won’t go to the polls in the January runoff.
And, although I sincerely hope they do vote, faute de mieux, as the French say, (for lack of something better), they would have good cause to be fed up and stay away.
There are quite a number of reasons for this, but one that jumps out is the failure of leadership of their own party.
What in the Sam Hill were Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger doing bringing the Dominion voting machines to their state almost at the last minute?
The state of Texas had already turned down the system three times because it was judged permeable to hacking and other forms of computer sabotage.
Why did this happen?
According to the blog Clever Journeys, lobbyists played a significant role:
“The former chief of staff for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was one of eight registered lobbyists for Dominion Voting Systems.
“Insiders say it was a ‘sure thing Dominion was in when we learned Thomas was involved.’
“The lobbyist that legislative staff members were referring to was Jared Thomas, a former chief of staff and press secretary for Governor Kemp.
“Another lobbyist for the controversial company was former Georgia Secretary of State Lewis Abit Massey.”
The blog continues:
“The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, was in charge of the procurement of these devices.
“Records and evidence are indicating Raffensperger, Governor Brian Kemp, and legislative members were heavily lobbied. Some intelligence gathering show ‘family members of certain high profile politicians were paid Hunter Biden style’ by Dominion ‘both directly and indirectly.’”
That’s a bold statement, implying extraordinary corruption, and I have no way of authenticating it, at least at this point.
Nevertheless, it would seem Kemp and Raffensperger are the proverbial “dead men walking” to the Republican rank and file. In a state, indeed in a country, with President Donald Trump, win or ultimately lose, very much still the leader of the GOP, to the extent nobody has been for quite some time, the governor and secretary of state have had their reputations so besmirched they will never be recoverable.
Making matters worse for them is the ludicrous recount currently in progress, an exercise that even Barack Obama, when he opined that mail-in voting only worked when there was signature authentication, made clear was futile. Georgia has no such authentication.
Kemp and Raffensberger are likely candidates to be “primaried” out. They must know this—which makes them dangerous wild cards in the short run.
Meanwhile, Trump is slated to be in the state on Dec. 5 for one of his rallies, this time in the company of and behalf of Republican senatorial candidates David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler. (Also ironically, it was Kemp who appointed Loeffler in the first place when Sen. Johnny Isakson retired.)
Control of the U.S. Senate and much more, including the Democrats’ left-wing agenda, is at stake.
The president’s goal will be to get his loyal constituency to the polls, even with the numerous outcries of fraud and calls for the Georgia legislature to ban mail-in voting.
I have a suspicion he will succeed. But who will be watching the machines?
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). Find him on Parler @rogerlsimon.
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