In February 2020, "the nation's leading expert" on election law, UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, published his book Election Meltdown. Subtitled "Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy," Prof. Hasen bemoans "Inflammatory rhetoric about 'stolen' elections [that] supercharges distrust." What insight, I wondered, might the nation's leading election law expert's book give on the controversies surrounding the 2020 presidential election?
According to Prof.
Hasen's book, as of early 2020 the only way to repel the "threat to
American democracy" was to push back against not one, not two, not
three, but at least four key dangers threatening the voting
process. You will have to buy the book to learn what they are. But if
the book's digital dust flap is an indication, it appears Prof. Hasen has one
of his fingers pointed pointed squarely at "incompetence in election
administration, often in large cities controlled by Democrats," which
"have created an opening to claims of unfairness." Oh, my!
Also in the docket: "domestic misinformation campaigns via social media." You don't say?
in case you are beginning suspect this is some right-wing book, I
understand from loosely following his work for the past several years
that Prof. Hasen is, shall we say, in no danger of being identified as a
friend of Republican
causes. I also have it on good authority there are no conservative
professors at UC Irvine's law school, unless something has changed
recently. It is my earnest belief Prof. Hasen is a man of the left in
This sounds like real trouble. But it also sounds like a lot of work: "Concrete steps"? That strikes me as more than we can handle.
Thankfully, we found a way to economize. The American corpo-political leadership stumbled upon a simple program to restore confidence in the American voting process in just one easy step. Here is the one-step program to restoring confidence in American elections:
The Democrat wins.
the Democrat wins, Americans stop complaining about the integrity of
our democracy. (Social media is seeing to that.) What could be simpler?
am sorry to have to report, however, that with the advent of this new
one-step system, Prof. Hasen's book sales may experience a slump.