Can “They” “Lose It?”

     In 1990, when Timothy Hutton was still a young man, he starred in a movie titled “Q & A” about a young assistant DA assigned to investigate a case of police corruption. It wasn’t a great movie, but its climax, such as it was, said something terrifying about those who dwell in the corridors of power. It was particularly relevant to what’s in process today.

     To shorten the story, Hutton’s character unearths a truly huge, elaborately coordinated system of corruption. It seems to indict the entire police department. But when he takes it to his superior, the older lawyer shocks him with his pronouncement:

     “It’s too big,” the DA says. “We’ll lose it.”

     The DA, you see, is unwilling to upset that many applecarts, rattle that many teacups, overturn that many rice bowls. It would destabilize “the system,” and that he will not countenance. So Hutton’s investigative work goes for naught, and his young lawyer’s faith in the integrity of the justice system is destroyed.

     Let’s move from moviedom to reality. The audit in Maricopa County, Arizona is the focus of much attention – and it seems poised to return results that would substantiate our suspicions that the presidential election was stolen. The Democrats and their media handmaidens are “all in” on the effort to stop the audit, or failing that, at the very least cast great doubt on the trustworthiness of its verdict.

     Now imagine that:

  1. The audit is completed in a trustworthy fashion;
  2. The results are exactly what we’ve suspected;
  3. It sets off a chain of audits that threaten to reveal that the “steal” was nationwide.

     What are the odds that “the system” – Democrats, Republicans, media, Deep State, and all the rest – will converge and successfully contrive to “lose it,” for the sake of that oft-touted but seldom rationally justified pseudo-virtue, “stability?” How would they go about doing so?

     Just an unsettling thought before I set to the day’s labors.


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    • Toastrider on May 6, 2021 at 7:41 AM

    I dunno about losing it.

    But the Dem/left reaction to the audit has been VERY telling.

    I am reminded of something I read in Effinger’s Marid Audran novels. A young woman in a Bedu tribe is murdered, and no one knows who did it. So her father gently sets her on his camel, binding her so that she cannot fall off, and leads her around the village, ‘so that all might see her and know she is gone’.

    After the first turn around, most of the tribe begins to go back to their lives. After the second turn, almost everyone is not watching. And by the third turn, only one person is still watching: the murderer.

    If Polident Biden had been ‘swept into office’ by 81 million votes, he and his administration would have no fear of an audit. Hell, if the audit shows he won fair and square, a whole lot of us would have to eat crow and rightfully so (for better or worse).

    You’ll forgive me if I’m not exactly expecting any crow on my plate soon, though.

    I doubt the courts will opt to dislodge Sleepy Joe and VP Kneepads, but any last shreds of legitimacy they might have will crumble if the audit shows what we expect. States might simply refuse to accept ANY federal mandates or intervention. Think less ‘civil war’, more ‘civil disobedience on a grand scale’. It’s one thing to send your goon squad to kick in the door of a single home; it’s another if you try to arrest the governor of, oh, let’s say Florida and get bagged for it.


    • Butch DuCote on May 6, 2021 at 9:09 AM

    Five decades ago I took a constitutional law course. It was impressed on me that our government is held together by fine strings that required honorable men to make it work. The question is do we have any honorable men left?

    1. Far more people than just the two of us would like to know the answer to that question, Butch!

  1. @Butch & @Francis:  Yes, we would.

    I was listening to localish news about the Windham, NH audit.  The Selectmen deliberately chose a venue that would limit crowd size and, when challenged, chose to walk out.

    IIRC it was at Aesop’s place that I first saw the thought that winners do not mind seeing the instant replay.  It’s only when you know you got the point by mistake, or by cheating, that you don’t want it looked at again.

    • ontoiran on May 6, 2021 at 11:53 PM

    maybe have a long march rocket land on the building?

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