Well, it appears to be happening. After the Super Tuesday balloting, and now Mike Bloomberg’s withdrawal from the race, Joe Biden has reached a standoff with Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential competition. And President Trump’s forces have been anticipating Biden’s electoral strength all along – hence the Ukraine controversy over Biden’s son, Hunter.
Also, thanks to the Russians, the integrity of the U.S. electoral process, in general, has been under cyber assault. Has an elemental American procedure – free and fair voting – ever been under such stress? Not likely.
It would be heartening, indeed, to see a more forthright defense of the U.S. presidential election process occurring. But it hasn’t emerged as yet.
“Prior to resigning as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security,” advises material on Wikipedia, “Kirstjen Nielsen attempted to organize a meeting of the U.S. Cabinet to discuss how to address potential foreign interference in the 2020 elections. Mike Mulvaney, the White House Chief of Staff, reportedly warned her to keep the subject away from Trump, who views the discussion as questioning the legitimacy of his victory in 2016.”
And, “Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has blocked various bills intended to improve election security from being considered, including some measures that have had bipartisan support.”
So the status of American electoral integrity is uneasy indeed. Leaders of the country, regardless of their party membership, need to ensure that a fundamentally fair vote occurs. So far, we don’t hear enough such concerns being expressed.