There’s a saying, “If you’re 5 minutes early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.”
This goes double for elections in any state where Democrat machines control cities and counties. The difference between Virginia and New Jersey is scale.
A landslide Republican victory, once Democrat machine fraud chips away at it, becomes a big victory. A Republican big victory becomes a narrow victory. And a Republican narrow victory turns into a close defeat.
That’s not a new phenomenon. It’s how we got the JFK administration.
Stealing an election is a fine art that requires that the thieves have a reasonably good sense of the actual margin and enough votes to be able to pull it off after doing everything they can to jam the system with bad votes from ballot harvesting to adding votes to machines beforehand.
But there’s a margin.
An election that’s within “stealing distance” will be stolen. It’s all too easy to find some more ballots for a close election. The game has been played much the same way for generations. But a landslide election is much harder to do anything about. Especially when it’s a surprise landslide whose scale, like the 2016 presidential election or the 2021 gubernatorial election in Virginia, was not anticipated.
Once the avalanche begins, the corrupt machine politicians can only chip away at the difference, without overturning it.
The unfair systemic advantage that Republicans labor under is the same one that honest people confront when dealing with thieves. It’s not a new problem. It did not begin last year. In some ways it’s been with us for much of our history when Tammany thugs would steal ballot boxes and dump Republican ballots. But the Chicago way is increasingly becoming all too universal and commonplace.
And that is why voter turnout on Election Day matters.