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It Isn’t Time to Care Who the 2024 Nominee Is
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Then-Rep. Ron DeSantis addresses a crowd while then-President Donald Trump watches at a rally, Tampa, Florida, July 31, 2018 (jctabb/Shutterstock)

Yes, I know that on Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced he’s going to run for president again. It’s all anybody seems to want to talk about. But that’s a squirrel. It’s a shiny object. It’s useless.

There are lots of polls showing Trump is likely to lose a whole bunch of states to a guy (Ron DeSantis) who has made no public move toward running for president. And those are a squirrel, too.

You shouldn’t care about that. What you should care about is that right now, in the aftermath of an election in which the Republicans managed to turn out five million more votes than the Democrats, which was a 12 million vote swing from two years ago, they’re going to end up gaining less than 10 House seats and either losing one or making no change in the Senate. That statistical anomaly, friends, is a lot more important.

Who’s going to run the Republican Party going forward?

That’s a lot more important than who the party’s nominee is. Joe Biden and John Fetterman and, unbelievably, Katie Hobbs have conclusively proved that who the nominee is has become a very secondary question.

Stalin said it’s more important who’s counting the votes than who’s voting. He wasn’t wrong. This cycle, and the one before it, have demonstrated as much.

Democrats have perfected the art of turning out votes in a wholesale fashion. Or better put, given the new reality of endless early voting by mail, turning out ballots.

All of the states where the red wave was a fizzle or worse are places where universal mail-in balloting has eliminated the utility of persuading the voters. Hobbs refused to debate Kari Lake. Know why? Because she wasn’t trying to persuade anybody to vote for her. She was too busy generating ballots and making sure they were filled out and returned. Hobbs was Arizona’s Secretary of State and therefore in charge of an election she was running in.

Lake kept screaming about the corruption of Arizona’s elections and nearly won despite trying to outdo a wholesale ballot-gathering campaign with a retail vote-getting campaign. It’s like hand-crafting widgets while your opponent is shipping in mass-produced ones from Chinese slave-labor sweatshops; you can’t win that game.

Republicans don’t have the first clue how to operate in that world, which is why when the Democrats in Georgia focused on saving Raphael Warnock in what was otherwise a catastrophic election cycle, they managed to get Warnock into a runoff with Herschel Walker that he’s fairly likely to win.

When those ballots go out in the mail there’s a Democrat, in every possible case, who’ll be there to collect them, fill them out, and send them back in or drop them off.

The proof is everywhere that this is how it works. Do you think it’s somehow a coincidence that more than 70 of the 220-something tabulators in Maricopa County, almost all of them in Republican areas, suddenly went on the fritz on Election Day and those ballots were collected and sent to a central office where they weren’t counted for days while the public watched in suspicion and horror?

You don’t even need to count those ballots. All you have to do is weigh the boxes and do the math. You’ll know how many other ballots need to come in through the back door to offset the vote for Lake before you get around to counting the dropoffs.

While the candidate — excuse me, the chief vote-counter, paraded around the counting center to make sure everything was on the up and up.

What has the Republican Party done about it?

Nothing. Sat around and assumed that Democrat incompetence in governing the country would generate a reaction from the public that would turn them out of office. (READ MORE: Fetterman 2024: It’s a No-Brainer)

Well, the public did its job. With zero effort on the part of the GOP, voters went from minus-7 million to plus-5 million on the Republican side in two years.

But Democrats turned in enough ballots in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, and lots of other places to stave off Republican takeovers of House, Senate, and gubernatorial seats.

That red wave happened. It just ran up against seawalls all around the country.

Because Democrats have figured out how to game the process — legally and otherwise — to thwart the will of the voters in the places they’ve got to have.

Who’s going to fix that? Who’s going to be the RNC chair who, after watching the party founder against ballot-harvesting, election-fortifying Democrats in now three straight electoral cycles, puts in place the infrastructure to win?

Ronna Romney McDaniel, who surprisingly believes she’s due another term heading the party after three straight fizzles, doesn’t deserve a chance to botch a fourth cycle.

Lee Zeldin, who did about as well as could have been done running for governor of New York, headed a ticket which flipped four House seats and broke the Democrats’ Senate supermajority in that state’s legislature and might well have won if so many of his voters weren’t busy delivering a 20-point rout for DeSantis in Florida, has said he’s interested in the job. That could be OK.

But again, what’s more important than a name is a plan.

It’s time to demand the GOP get off its posterior and figure out how to compete in this new era. How to stop losing on process.

I agree that this month-long voting cycle with the hypersusceptible mail-in ballots and the harvesting and the mules has to go. Where I live, in Louisiana, we have a nasty history of rampant tomfoolery in the elections process, and yet we managed to put a voting system in place which actually works. We don’t do mail-in or absentee ballots unless it’s in special circumstances, and in this state you vote in person. Syndicated radio host Moon Griffon, in a podcast blasted out on Sunday, did a great job of explaining the virtues of the Louisiana system; check it out here.

But how are you going to get rid of the mail-in debacle? It needs to go in Arizona and Pennsylvania and all of these other states which turn out to be a lot more crooked than Louisiana, something I’m enjoying a perverse satisfaction in being able to say, but Katie Hobbs and Josh Shapiro and Gretchen Whitmer aren’t going to sign those bills. They know that they’re in office because dead people always vote Democrat and so do people who’ve moved away, and getting out the dead and gone is the secret sauce to avoid accountability for bad governance.

The answer, of course, is beating the Democrats at their own game. Or at least thwarting them at their game.

Maybe Mike Lindell, of MyPillow fame, ought to be the next RNC chair. Lindell seems to have done more to make the GOP competitive in the ballot game than Ronna McDaniel has, or even Trump, Mitch McConnell, or, sadly, Kari Lake.

Lindell funded teams of data analysts and election integrity watchers, and in a number of places they had a lot of success in scrubbing the voter rolls of the thousands of fictitious, dead, and moved-away “voters” that dirty up our elections process.

Mail-in ballots are unsecure enough when the voter rolls are clean. It’s when they’re not kept up to date that all hell breaks loose. Jay Valentine had a terrific piece at the American Thinker on Monday talking about how Lindell’s guys saved Ron Johnson from getting bounced out of the Senate:

The once frictionless ballot-gathering apparatus was challenged in every state as voter integrity teams, citizens at kitchen tables, picked apart voter rolls.  They quickly found tens of thousands of dead or moved voters.  There were innumerable addresses where no voter could possibly live.

For the first time, there was pushback against ballot gathering.  Citizens demanded that voter rolls be cleaned, addresses be real.  In too many cases, affidavits with photographs of an empty lot where several voters claimed to live failed to convince a judge to action.

Not in Wisconsin….

Quiet, anonymous Wisconsin heroes — working in a small office, virtually unfunded — proved how to collapse the Democrat ballot-gathering apparatus.

For the ballot-gathering strategy to work, Democrats need tens of thousands of phantom addresses and voters.  A few is not enough.  Without thousands of loose ballots tied to phantoms, the edifice comes crashing down.

They also need Republicans to do nothing.

The Wisconsin team proved, in this election, that adding even a small amount of friction – removing thousands of phantom names and identifying several hundred thousand incorrect addresses — has a massive impact on the ballot-gathering system.

Our Wisconsin election heroes applied Fractal Programming technology, funded by Mike Lindell, at scale to find and challenge phantoms.  The process is explained at www.Omega4America.com.

They went to scores of county registrars and challenged thousands of phantoms — proof in hand.  Quietly, below the radar, they showed registrars, whose job it is to deal with this sort of thing, that Bill Jones was not a real person.  They helped clean up addresses that were wrong — either typos or fake.

Any one of those addresses was a landing pad for a loose ballot.

On Election Day, the Wisconsin Democrats did not have enough phantoms or mail-in ballots to go around.  A Republican senator might have been saved by these actions.

Before we pick a presidential nominee we need a party chair, and before we get a party chair we need an answer for how to solve the party’s pitiful failure to fight the real battle: process. Because that’s what a party does.

Why are Lindell’s guys the ones doing this? Why isn’t constantly scrubbing the voter rolls by any means necessary, on a county-by-county basis if that’s what it takes, not a national priority of the RNC? Why is there no talk of getting so good at this process that Democrats sue for peace and demand a return to voting in person on Election Day?

Go and come up with a plan to solve those issues, and then we can talk about who’s going to run the GOP. And then, after that work is done and there is reason to hope we won’t see a fourth straight cycle of getting outgamed by a criminal syndicate posing as a political party, it might be time to discuss who’ll sit at the top of the ticket.

Until that point, I couldn’t give a damn who wants to run for president.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and RVIVR.com, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at Amazon.com. He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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