- - Monday, November 7, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Democrats professed to be shocked! shocked! — much like Inspector Renault was shocked to learn that gambling was going on in the backroom at Rick’s in the movie “Casablanca” — when Donald Trump suggested the Nov. 8 election could be rigged. Rigged may be putting it a bit strong, but fraud on Election Day is alive and well.

President Obama himself was shooting with a blunderbuss over the weekend, accusing the Donald of insensitivity, racism and maybe even mopery, or at least a rogue American who must be denied the presidency at all costs. He seemed to invite illegal aliens, who by definition are not citizens and by further definition are not entitled to vote, to participate in the elections and not fear being deported.

The president, campaigning in North Carolina, reminded voters that he carried the state in 2008 by fewer than, on average, two votes per precinct. He thinks the vote this year may be that close again, and the late public-opinion polls suggest he may be correct.

What he didn’t say is that the post-election analysis in 2008 suggested that he likely carried North Carolina with illegal votes, cast by people who were not citizens and thus not legally entitled to vote. If it worked once, it might work again. Perhaps that’s why liberal Democrats fought so aggressively, and successfully, to blunt North Carolina’s attempt to require voter identification. The president calls for recognition of the “sanctity” of the ballot, but he does not appear to be a serious fan of ballot “sanctification.”

Six decades ago, when disputed votes in Illinois and Texas provided the margin of victory for John F. Kennedy, Vice President Richard Nixon was urged by his supporters and even some Democratic analysts, to demand a recount in those states, which might have changed the outcome in the Electoral College.

Mr. Nixon considered it, but decided that such a recount would confuse and anger voters, inviting trouble for weeks, and decided it was in the nation’s interest, if not necessarily his, to forego the recount, and try to make sure such fraud would not happen again. Mr. Nixon’s remarkable generosity made Mr. Kennedy the president, and more than a half-century later the nation is urged by some Democrats to make fraud more rather than less likely.

History encourages skepticism that the vote this year will be fair and accurate. All voters matter, and everyone who is entitled to vote is further entitled to have his vote counted. The Constitution and the law do not always seem to matter very much to Mr. Obama and his party, and against all evidence to the contrary they scoff that cheating on Election Day is an “urban myth,” and only racists want to make sure that only qualified voters get to vote.

If Hillary Clinton wins a narrow victory in the Electoral College with paper-thin margins in states where cheating is allowed, skepticism will grow. Fraud happens, and President Obama’s reassurance that the law is not really important is no urban myth.


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