2017 COUNTERPOINTS COUMNS


Looking In All The Wrong Places For Evidence Of A Hacked Presidential Election
  The problem is with touchscreen voting machines with no paper trail
December 19, 2016


Kept In Suspense Over What May Come Next
  The threat of post-election white mob violence against Americans of color inherent in the campaign of Donald Trump
October 20, 2016


Cleaning Up For An Oakland Councilmember
  East Oakland's Larry Reid gets cover from Ken Houston on the illegal street dumping epidemic
October 7, 2016


How To "De-Popularize" A Popular Government Service
  Another example from East Oakland's Marcus Foster Post Office
September 20, 2016


Opening Up A Second Front In The Black Lives Matter Movement In Oakland
  The results of the "first front" in those battles have been mixed, and a suggestion on how that can be corrected
August 21, 2016 and September 2, 2016


What Does AB&I Foundry Want From Oakland City Government? (Part 2)
  Now That Government Watchdogs Have Cited The East Oakland Steel Manufacturing Company For Illegal Oakland Campaign Contributions, The Mystery Of Why The Contributions Were Made Remains
July 14, 2016


Working On A Theory About Orlando
  Too Much Is Yet Unknown To Draw A Definite Conclusion
June 27, 2016


Expectations
  Why I'm not taking a public position in the Clinton v. Sanders race
May 26, 2016


Mr. Houston's Secret Cleanup Plan
Former Oakland mayoral candidate Ken Houston has a plan to stop graffiti and illegal street dumping in Oakland, but seems reluctant to provide details
May 11, 2016


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Looking In All The Wrong Places For Evidence Of A Hacked Presidential Election

December 19, 2016

Much like the generals of the early 20th century who were accused of always preparing for the war already past but not the war upcoming, many of my Democrat, liberal, and progressive friends are still stuck in the backwash of the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. That election, you may remember, hinged upon the results in Florida, which was initially called for Mr. Bush—along with the presidential election itself—until massive discrepancies discovered in the way the ballots had been interpreted in the first count caused a recount to be ordered. Despite promising signs—or, perhaps, because of promising signs—that the recount would reverse the Florida results, giving both Florida and the presidency to Mr. Gore, the United States Supreme Court stepped in, halted the counting, and handed the crown to Mr. Bush. Many on the left never forgave Mr. Gore for giving in at that point and conceding the election, and ever afterwards have held onto the pledge that if such a situation ever came up again, they would both call for recounts and fight to keep them going to the bitter end.

Thus, no-one should be surprised that following the surprise and shock of the Trump victory in the recent presidential election, many Democrats immediately called for and supported a recount in states where they thought a victory by Ms. Clinton might have been stolen.

But 2000 Florida, with its notorious hanging chads and interpretive counting, was a special case that could never be confused with what happened in 2016. And so even before this year’s recount began to go off the rails (“Michigan Recount Over; Pennsylvania Sets HearingWashington Post December 8, 2016; “Trump’s Lead In Wisconsin Barely Changes As Wisconsin’s Recount ContinuesMilwaukee Journal Sentinel December 7, 2016), there seemed little chance of this a recount turning up enough deliberate fraud or inadvertent miscount to swing the election from Mr. Trump to Ms. Clinton.

The problem is, though there indeed may have been massive enough fraud in the 2016 election to give the victory to Mr. Trump, to paraphrase the old song, we were probably looking for that fraud in all the wrong places. [To Complete Column]