Sunday, January 09, 2022

What's up with Senator Janice Bowling, bless her heart? Someone needs to tell her Trump won in Tennessee and won big.

Sen. Janice Bowling
by Rod Williams, Dec. 24, 2021-  Some Republicans continue spreading the lie that the 2020 election was stolen and that Trump actually won. This has led to lawsuits, recounts, and audits in an attempt to find where the theft occurred.  It can't be found because it is not there.  The hand recount in Arizona found Trump lost by 45,469 votes whereas earlier county results showed he lost by 45,109.

Usually, these fruitless investigations happen in states where Trump lost. In Tennesee Trump won.  He won big. Trump carried Tennessee with more than 60% of the vote. He won all 11 electoral college votes. Not only did Trump win big, but there has also been no allegation of irregularities in Tennessee voting, no legal challenge, and every county election commission in the State has a Republican majority commission. I guess, however, that Senator Janice Bowling thinks somehow Democrats were able to cheat in Tennesee and Trump won by even more votes than were recorded.  

Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, has filed legislation asking the Tennessee secretary of state and the state election commission to investigate the state's 2020 election, including presidential and congressional results. Here is what Senate Bill 1657 calls for:

(a) The secretary of state, in collaboration with the state election commission, shall conduct an investigation into the results of the 2020 general election results in this state. The investigation must focus on the results for President of the United States and for each United States congressional race in this state. In conducting the investigation, the secretary of state shall perform:

  1.  A forensic audit of each ballot, including absentee ballots, available for review from the 2020 general election;
  2. A complete canvassing of each ballot, including absentee ballots, for purposes of confirming the vote tallies for each race; and
  3. A thorough review of the chain of custody for ballots, including absentee ballots, ballot boxes, and voting machines and equipment.

The bill also says the secretary of state has broad authority to: "Conduct the investigation in the manner most likely to yield accurate and reliable results, including the authority to examine witnesses and subpoena documents and records other than ballots relative to the investigation that the secretary of state reasonably believes will assist in carrying out the investigation."

This is just nuts. This would take extra staff, time, and money and would disrupt the operation of every election commission in the state. And why?  Do we think Republican-controlled election commissions stole votes to benefit Joe Biden?

The bill is not going anywhere and this investigation and audit will not happen. The Tennessean reported on this and got comments from relevant state officials. Here are excerpts from their report:

Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office said there is no reason to question the results in Tennessee.

"Tennessee had a safe, secure and trustworthy election in 2020. Not a single federal or state candidate legally challenged the 2020 election results in Tennessee," Hargett spokesperson Julia Bruck said. "With the strong voter integrity laws and hard work performed by Tennessee election officials, Tennesseans should be confident with the 2020 election held in Tennessee."

Adam Kleinheider, spokesperson for Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, acknowledged there is no evidence of widespread voting irregularities in Tennessee during the 2020 general election.

The bill, he said, appears to be "a solution in search of a problem" in the state.

"Due to the efforts of our outstanding Secretary of State, Tennessee's election infrastructure is strong and secure," Kleinheider said in a Friday statement. "While this kind of legislation might be worthy of consideration in other states, it would seem to be a solution in search of a problem here in Tennessee."

Senator Bowing is one of the ones who supported the coup attempt on Jan. 6th and signed a letter urging Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty to reject the electoral college votes.  Of course, that did not happen. Some Trump supporters were so certain Trump would win, that when he didn't I think it caused a mental breakdown of some sort.  Senator Bowling may be in that category. I think Senator Bowling may be suffering from Trumpinista Delusion and Hysteria. 

I think it is time for Senator Bowling to retire.  If she doesn't, she needs to be challenged by a sane Republican. 

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1 comment:

  1. Senator Bowling rolled a gutter ball with this bit of nonsense. I am gld you didn't spare her feelings. It will be a strike against any Republican legislator who would suppprt such a waste of time and money.

    My guess is that advocates of these audits are just laying the groundwork to challenge any results that they don't like going forward. Why enact good policies or campaign smart and hard when you can just overturn the will of the voters?

    The Republican Party continues to abandon the legacy of its great leaders to 0ander to an ignorant and hateful minority that has deluded itself into believing it lives in a dystopia (if members knew what a dystopia is).