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Politics: Still Crazy After All These Losses
Kari Lake Is Denying Her Election Loss (New York Magazine)
Summary: “Days after the governor’s race was called for her opponent, Arizona Republican candidate Kari Lake is still not conceding.
“In a video posted to Twitter Thursday morning, the former news anchor told her supporters that she was ‘still in this fight’ and indicated that she intends to challenge the results of the election. Lake also claimed without offering any evidence that her opponent, Arizona secretary of State Katie Hobbs, had meddled in the election.”
My Take: This is one of the election races that I watched very closely because Lake, a Trump clone of disinformation and disenfranchisement, embodies the very worst qualities of a candidate. It was inconceivable to me that Arizonians couldn’t see through the facade of “cool mom who lets kids have one sip of beer on the Fourth of July” to see the horror show behind.
She’s an election denier, which is basically a Flat-Earther with political donors. She denied the results of Trump’s shellacking and, predictably, she’s denying her own deserved loss. In her arrogance, it’s not possible that the people rejected her inability to think logically, her flimsy political cliches, and her relentless fear-mongering. She claims that she’s collecting evidence of voter misadventure, which will have the same end results as Trump’s legal team: nothing. She knows that, but her real agenda is keeping her face in the public eye.
Here’s why this is important: It’s clear that becoming Arizona’s governor was just a stepping stone to her eventual candidacy for president. She has the look and the well-modulated voice from her years working for the mainstream media (Fox) she now despises. And, as we’ve seen before, sometimes that’s enough. This time it wasn’t. I hope it won’t be in the future—if we want to keep America a democracy that values the electoral process.