Roger Kimball suggests Auric Goldfinger would find the 2020 Presidential Election end count highly suspicious.
Itâ€™s partly a matter of what I think of as the Goldfinger principle, after the avid gold smelter and nuclear weapons amateur Auric Goldfinger.
Goldfinger was a sensitive man. He didnâ€™t like it when people began looking into to his business ventures with too much curiosity, largely, no doubt, because many were ostentatiously illegal and, in some cases, evidence of grandiose homicidal insanity.
Nevertheless, his response to the repeated unscheduled appearance of James Bond in his life prompted him to make the eminently rational observation that â€œOnce is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time itâ€™s enemy action.â€
It might have been mere coincidence that Joe Biden ran behind Hillary Clinton everywhere except a handful of critical cities in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Georgia.
That is odd, to be sure, especially when one notes that around midnight on Nov. 3, Donald Trump was running substantially ahead in those states. Then the voting stopped. Everyone yawned and dozed off. When they woke up, what do you know, Joe Biden had the lead everywhere!
Odd. Possible, certainly, but also odd.
It was also odd that the turnout was so large: pushing 90 percent in Milwaukee, for instance, much higher than it was for Hillary, and substantially higher than it was even for Barack Obama.
It was odd, too, that all of what have been described as computer â€œglitchesâ€ benefitted Democrats. They seem to have come to light by accident and, once uncovered, in some cases shifted county elections from the blue column to the red column.
Makes you think, as does the ratio of votes for Biden in those late-arriving ballot dumps.
There are so many occasions for thought in this election. There was the apparent violation of Benfordâ€™s Law, for example, a statistical tool widely used to uncover fraud, as well as the tranches of votes that were filled out, every one of them, for Joe Biden, not to mention the tens thousands of ballots that were filled out for Biden-Harris but for no one down ballot, as if someone were hurrying to stuffâ€”I mean castâ€”his ballot.
None of this is dispositive, of course.
Nevertheless, I feel sure that it would have made old Auric Goldfinger ornery.