Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Item: Well whataya know about that? The Maricopa County, Arizona, election audit, conducted by the now-infamous Cyber Ninjas, wound up proving that Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump there. In fact, Biden actually won by more votes than the initial count had credited him with. This should end all talk of election fraud, but instead I suspect Trump et al. will be throwing Cyber Ninjas under the bus. Incompetent! Corrupt! Inexperienced! (Everything we said about them from the start, ironically …)
Item: Lest we read too much good news into that story, the Post’s Greg Sargent analyzes the Ninja report and concludes that the purpose of the audit was really to continue sowing the seeds of doubt about modern American elections. He predicts Arizona will now pass laws similar to those in Texas and Georgia because the audit revealed “problems” even if Biden won.
Item: In spite of the results of the Arizona election audit, Texas is going ahead with something similar for four of its counties (that’s right, the four with the largest cities in them—where most of the people of color live). Never mind that Trump won Texas. They want to continue making people feel like something fishy went on, which means that Republicans either win elections or declare fraud. Heads I win, tails you lose. Like that.
Item: Word is out that Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, 88 years young, will run for reelection in ’22. Hot on his heels is Diane Feinstein, readying herself for ’24. They will both be in their mid-90s at the end of their re-ups. For the life of me, I can’t understand why these enfeebled octogenarians want to put themselves through another campaign and six more years of congressional gridlock. Are the perks of power that awesome?
Item: The GQP is fixin’ to block raising the debt ceiling in the usual bipartisan way, so hang onto your hats this week. It’s gawn be a wild ride. For the first time, it’s probable that the U.S. will default on its debt payments, which has the potential to throw the global economy into a tailspin. Just in time for Christmas. The more I think about it, the more I understand that Steve Bannon, like Osama bin Laden, has gotten exactly what he wanted: total chaos that destroys the country’s democratic institutions. The end game must be a real doozy.
Item: Looks like I could easily write about Guv. Greg Abbott of Texas every goddamn day. Remember those Border Patrol horsemen who appeared to be rounding up and possibly whipping Haitian immigrants at the border? If they get fired for it, Abbott says he’ll gladly hire them. Let’s see if I’ve got this right: The more abusive and inhumane you are, the better you’ll fit right into Texas law enforcement. Other groups have had similar job requirements. The Pinkertons. The SS. Attila the Hun’s fighters. We all see what’s happening. Abbott, along with Florida’s DeSantis, is trying to out-Trump Trump for a shot at the GQP presidential nomination in ’24. Get ready for more horror stories.