(PresidentialInsider.com)- Oh my gosh
CNN opened its website to Maricopa County Recorder, Republican Stephen Richer, to pen an op-ed attacking the Arizona Senate Republicans, Cyber Ninjas and the entire Maricopa County audit.
In his op-ed, Richer bemoans the fact that nobody cares about government “experts” anymore.
He claims that the forensic audit in Maricopa County was just like taking your car to someone who never worked on a car before to get it repaired.
Apparently Richer fancies himself as an “expert” in stupid analogies.
The point Richer is trying to make with his bevy of silly analogies is that the Maricopa County audit was conducted by people with no expertise in elections.
While he concedes that many so-called “experts” have been wrong a lot, Richer still maintains that “experts” should have been trusted to conduct the audit. Which is pretty much arguing against his own thesis.
In a nutshell, Richer’s op-ed is just one part in CNN’s wider attempt to get out ahead of the official audit release to set the narrative that the Maricopa audit turned up nothing, and what it did turn up shouldn’t be trusted.
It isn’t so much the lack of “expertise” that Richer wants to convey in this ridiculous op-ed. Rather, he is using it to perpetrate the claim that, not only was the audit “partisan,” it was also conducted by crazy people with crazy ideas who believe crazy conspiracy theories.
Richer runs through a list of terribles – claiming those conducting the audit are conspiracy theorists and purveyors of the so-called “Big Lie” that the election was stolen. And, yes, he even manages to link them to QAnon and the January 6 “insurrection.”
This is the reason CNN published this op-ed – not because Richer could effectively make the case that Maricopa County’s election was secure, but because Richer was willing to portray those involved in the audit as conspiracy theorists and kooks.
In the end, Richer is preaching to the choir – the dwindling CNN audience and CNN itself. It is Richer trying to convince an audience of people to whom he is not accountable, that he isn’t like those crazy kooky Republicans pushing “The Big Lie.”