Somehow, someway, the results of the Maricopa election audit will become public soon. The news is likely to make a splash, provided someone doesn’t re-invade Afghanistan to keep the news from making a splash, and so I thought we ought to prepare ourselves for that splash. Among other things, I would suggest that we continue to make a point of not taking the bait.
The audit will either show that Joe Biden really did win Arizona, fair and square, and apart from the yelling and taunting to put up with, there really would be no dilemma about what to do. We could simply say, “Well, now we know,” and go back to enduring the stupidity that the American people imposed on us, fair and square. As Mencken once put it, democracy is the view that the people know what they want, and deserve to get it, good and hard.
The other option, the one I suspect will be before us, is that we will discover that Trump actually did win Arizona. And then the dilemma appears. What do we do? There is no constitutional provision for this kind of situation, and there will be plenty of opportunities for furious conservatives to take the bait. Because there is no prescribed constitutional outlet for dealing with such chicanery, the temptation will be to go the direct action route again, as on January 6.
But in such an eventuality, I believe that there actually would be a measured and constitutional way forward, a process I would like to outline below. Better to think it through now, say I, than to try to think it through after the cinder block has been thrown at your head.