Many of us have suggested to Democrats the best thing they can do to bring a sense of legitimacy to their side is to let the other side follow through with all legal challenges first. With inauguration day two months away, and knowing they supported Al Gore for 37 days in his recount fight, any attempts to cut short efforts to make sure the vote was not fraudulent will give the appearance that they have something to hide. Maybe they do.
Former President George W. Bush agrees with being patient. In a statement on Twitter Bush said:
“President Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, and any unresolved issues will be properly adjudicated. The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.”
Bush congratulated “President-elect Joe Biden”, but also President Trump and his supporters:
“He (Trump) earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans – an extraordinary political achievement. They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.”
Of course, it was Bush’s victory over Gore in 2000 that marked the beginning of Democrats’ break from reality when they began repeating the factually incorrect slogan ‘He’s not my President.’ This alternate reality continued in full force throughout the entire Trump administration’s term as well.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that Gore could not continue endlessly recounting Florida districts that would yield more votes for him. A peaceful transition of power needed to commence; Democrats immediately undermined the authority of that institution as well. You still hear them saying they’re upset that the Supreme Court ‘stole the election’ from Gore.
So while Bush’s comments today may be helpful, it’s not likely Democrats will give them much creedence. Asking the party of impatience and temper tantrums to wait to make sure all litigation is finished, even though it would benefit them if their candidate still wins, is asking for a level of civility and maturity that would be uncharacteristic of them.
What are your thoughts? Even if significant voter fraud could be proven, would any Democrats accept anything but a Biden win?