Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it best on the Senate floor: “Let’s not have any lectures about how the President should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election”.
I agree completely and would add this: Trump owes these people, particularly the “inside the Beltway hacks”, elected and otherwise, and their lackeys in the mainstream media absolutely nothing–zero, zip, nada. This is the crowd that relentlessly and without a shred of evidence pursued a fraudulent hoax for over four years in an attempt to illegitimize his election in 2016 and his entire term of office since. He owes them no courtesies.
He does owe his almost 72 million supporters every effort permitted by our system to make sure that he has been legally defeated by the electorate, in which case he then owes Mr. Biden his best wishes as president-elect and the American people a gracious concession speech.
At this point it seems unlikely that a number of Electoral College votes sufficient to reverse the outcome in any state will be discovered, but that doesn’t mean that this effort is a waste of time. There are several highly questionable issues under review stemming from attempts to deal with mail ballots that need the attention of the federal judiciary, particularly in Pennsylvania, where that state’s supreme court brushed off the ballot deadlines specified by state law and extended the time period allowed by several days. This instance and possibly others around the country deserve to be reviewed and adjudicated even if there is no change in the outcome in order to send a message that we are a nation of laws under constitutional order, even during a pandemic.
We can get this done in an orderly fashion that will leave the American people with a much better taste in their mouths than a rush to a conclusion that will not bode well for the unity that Mr. Biden says he wants to promote and which he will need for any success he hopes to have. Stay tuned.