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n a December interview defending his post-election inaction over alleged voting irregularities,
Gov. Brian Kemp stated that “no one” worked
harder for Donald Trump than did he. Hmm. I’m
sure there are some longtime Trump friends,
supporters and big dollar donors from Georgia who might beg to differ.
But let’s take Kemp at face value.
Why? Primarily because he is the first Republican governor of the state who started
his political career as an actual Republican.
And because it makes no sense that a man
who owes his governorship to a tweet by
President Trump would purposely blow his political brains out on purpose. As for all the nefarious
motives attributed by rumor and innuendo to Kemp’s refusal to get involved in straightening out Georgia’s disastrous
November election, they are crazy and off base.
You see, anyone who knows Brian Kemp knows that
he is not devious or nefarious. Anyone who knows the
governor knows that he is stubborn. I mean really stubborn. And when Kemp believes he is right about something, he doubles down on his stubbornness.
So when the governor decided that he should not be
involved in calling for a special session of the General
Assembly to address issues related to the Nov. 3 election
and Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoffs, that was that. The more
leaders, including Trump himself, who called on him to do
otherwise, the more Kemp dug in. I could have told them
to save their collective breaths.
Kemp’s logic was simple. Brad Raffensperger, whose
future is either switching to the Democratic Party or
serving one term as a Republican Secretary of State,
was the sole constitutional officer in Georgia who could
address alleged voting fraud. Whether he was correct or
not will be in the hands on the voters in two years. After
all, Raffensperger did order a signature audit— the day
the electors made Joe Biden president and not in Fulton
County, where the signature issue actually was one.
Now, before I write the rest of this column, let me insert this: FACT CHECK: “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has determined that Georgia’s general election was
free, fair and without irregularities.” Well, that closes
that case, right?
Georgia (in post-election polls) saw video from State Farm
Arena, reports from sources as reputable as RealClearPolitics of large numbers of illegal votes cast and plenty of other examples of chicanery to believe
that the election was not fair.
The AJC’s own “debunking” of alleged
shoddy signature checking skipped over
the fact that the software purchased by
Fulton County to validate those signatures somehow was never used in the
November election. So 143,000 absentee
voter envelopes were verified by hand…
in Fulton County. Right! “Fact checks” from
Democrat-leaning media be damned, most
Georgia Republicans still felt electorally robbed.
So the question is: How do Kemp and those who
stood with him survive this meeting of the immovable
object and irresistible force?
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Majority of Republicans think election unfair
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The fact is that, whether the AJC’s “fact checks” are
correct or not, the vast majority of Republican voters in
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