His inauguration less than eight weeks away, President-elect Donald Trump was confronted by new developments Saturday in recount efforts in three states pivotal to his Nov. 8 victory, even as he worked to fill foreign policy and national defense jobs in his incoming administration.
Clinton leads the national popular vote by close to 2 million votes, but Trump won 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan still too close to call. It takes 270 to win the presidency.
Wisconsin officials are moving forward with the first presidential recount in state history following Stein’s formal request. Stein, who drew 1 percent of the vote nationally, is raising millions of dollars to pay for the effort.
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,” Clinton campaign attorney Marc Elias wrote Saturday in blog post. “But now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
As much as I would like to have seen the election go to Hillary Clinton, this recount effort is doomed to failure even if the outcome is narrowed or even changed.
Say the improbable miracle happens and Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania flip to Clinton and she does have enough electoral votes. The response from the Republicans would be apoplectic and it would be challenged with no end in sight in court. And even if she finally wins all the battles in court, she would still face a Republican Senate and House that would not be in any mood to accept her. If you think we’ve had gridlock under Barack Obama, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
I realize that it’s a Hollywood kind of ending that after all the drama of the campaign this comes out as a victory for Hillary Clinton, but this is reality, and if you gave money to Dr. Jill Stein to mount the recount, I hope it wasn’t your last dime. You’re going to need it.