I saw a posting yesterday on social media from a talk-show host in Arizona who made a claim about Republican stupidity in the state that was so weird I had to check it out. It concerns Cochise County refusing to certify their votes. And it turns out he was 100% correct.
When someone takes an action that causes a problem for themselves because of what they knowingly did, they have no one to blame but themselves. But what the board of supervisors did in Cochise County takes that concept to such high levels, their picture should be in the dictionary under "Forced Error." Their only saving grace is that it is SO stupid that it also falls into the "Dear Lord, Please Save Us from Ourselves" category and so there likely won't be any ramifications from their lunatic action.
What's hilarious about Cochise County not certifying its votes -- which must be done by next Monday -- is that if the state didn't sue to get the votes certified (which they will do, of course), then after next Monday the state would canvass all the certified votes and by law not count Cochise County…which is heavily Republican. (In fact, Kari Lake won it!) That would not only likely flip some state races to Democratic, but it would probably also flip the Arizona 6 congressional race (which is very close) to Democratic.
This won't happen, because the state will sue (and may have already), but never mind that certification is required by law and not doing so is illegal -- the mere fact that Cochise County isn't certifying its votes shows the sheer "intentionally shooting oneself in the foot" stupidity of it.
The larger point in all this is that while the extreme right of the Republican Party is just as virulent about all their fascist angst, that seems to have blinded them to the reality that it's losing them elections. And not just that reality, but they keep compounding those problems on themselves, which will only create a greater wedge between their extreme and the rest of the country.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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