The midterm elections in this country should offer American voters our choice of Democratic, Republican or Russian candidates.
For once again, according to the
And why not? For our elections offer the softest of targets. There's no sense in using a nuclear missile when rigging elections can be far more cost-effective and much less likely to invite retaliation. Especially when the fix is already in.
According to a bipartisan conclusion out of the
Just look at all the good it's done the Brits to huff and puff about attacks on Russian defectors staged on Her Majesty's soil. Namely, very little. After the usual tit-for-tat recall of British and Russian diplomats, this international incident will surely blow over, too.
So let's face it: The West is stuck playing defense in this game of international intrigue. To quote another member of the Intelligence Committee, Republican
So what else is new? Free elections have seldom if ever been a goal of Russian diplomacy. And when they've been used as more than lip service by the Russians, they've proven only a brief interlude -- like
Burr says the Intelligence Committee has uncovered some of the key gaps in this country's electoral system that have allowed the Russians to exploit it for their own subversive ends. The hidden enemy within a democratic system can prove far more dangerous than any openly declared enmity by a foreign entity. Burr says there is still much to do to safeguard our electoral process, but "we've got to get some standards in place that assure every state that at the end of the day they can certify their vote totals."
But how achieve that goal? Here's one time-tested way: Return to the past, for that would be real progress. By one count, there are some 10,000 polling places in this country, and it's worth at least as much time, trouble and effort to assure their integrity as it would take the Russians to corrupt them all.
All kinds of sophisticated ways are being recommended to safeguard American ballots from foreign interference, but too many of them smack of sophistry instead of simple, old-fashioned paper checks using pen and paper. Why not let the hanging chads fly and see the results? Who knows, they might add up in the end to clean elections beyond the reach of the Kremlin's meddling. It's worth a try. Let the Russians rig their own elections, thank you, and leave ours alone.
The experts claim to know better than American citizens who ask only for results that could be verified by examining tangible paper ballots. Our rivals in