Broken Clocks, Political Parties and Watch Repairmen

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Okay, sometimes twice a day is better than one can hope for.

Take, for example, the Arizona state Senate Republicans who have been using their position, influence and party apparatus for positive action, doing something patriotic Americans have been hoping for over the last few months. YES, they are actually going to conduct an audit of the 2020 general election vote in Maricopa County.

You may recall Fox News called the state for President Joe Biden just before midnight on election night. At the time, Biden was up 9 percentage points over former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the state for Biden the next morning, and were immediately followed by NPR which gets its data from the AP. Biden was ahead by 136,000 votes and 80 percent of the vote had been counted.

No additional networks called the state over the next eight days as Biden’s lead steadily dwindled to just over 10,000 votes. Finally on November 12, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN called it for Biden, handing him the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Allegations of election fraud have lingered in the Grand Canyon state ever since.

Just the News’ Daniel Payne reports:

Republicans in the Arizona legislature will perform a full hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement released by Arizona Senate Republicans that state GOP leaders have decided on a “preferred forensic audit” the final details of which are currently being worked out.

“The audit will be broad and detailed,” Fann said. “[T]he team will include, but is not limited to, testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count and checking for any IT breaches.

Be still my beating heart … a real audit … with real answers … done by real Republicans (okay Richard Edward, don’t get your hopes up too high).

I used to think that the state-level GOP structures were like broken clocks, destined only to be correct twice a day. Well, I reasoned, better than not right ever, anytime at all. Still, as the 2020 general election fades in the rear-view mirror and voter attention spans shift in recoil to the latest outrage from the socialist left Biden Administration, I realized that I was still left unfulfilled by the court challenges that were never taken up, the audits that never happened, the ‘investigations’ that always seemed to result in ‘nothing to see here, move on’.

I asked myself, “Richard Edward, how do we fix the vote process if we don’t know where or how it’s broken?” I understood that the answer lay in a thorough review of how the vote was counted, absentee ballots and all.

The Arizona Senate Republicans recently got into more than just a contretemps with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (who also hold a GOP majority) over the 2020 election audit. Suits filed lawsuits. The Board appeared to want a quick and dirty audit while the state Senate wanted to dig deeper. Okay, this appeared to be just another episode of Republicans doing the circular firing squad routine that was outlined in the Romney/Ryan manual for political success.

Now what to make of my beloved Arizona GOP? What a surprise. Someone showed up and wound that party clock and now it appears to be running properly. If this gets any better, the Arizona Senate just might renew my faith in the Republican Party and local politics. (Hope, is thy real name hyperbole?)

Well, now that my state GOP is on the road to seeking truth, I am asking myself, “Who is the clock repairman that made this happen”?  Who pulled out the political manual on broken clocks, started teaching this group about standing up and not taking any guff from their political opponents?

Richard Edward thinks back on lessons from his career … sometimes change percolates from the bottom up; but sometimes, it’s the result of bold leadership that models the possible, leads by example, instead of acting like the same old tired leadership that came before.

Think Richard Edward, think … Who is that bold leader that Trumped the old, status quo thinking, showing the Arizona Senate Republicans a new way?

If you believe that conventional thinking by political party structures is, or can lead to, an American Crisis, please leave your thoughts in a comment below..

—  Richard Edward Tracy