US Election Recount Follies

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US Election Recount Follies
by Stephen Lendman
Each passing day brings things closer to ending Stein’s scam, her credibility tarnished beyond redemption – the recount having no effect on Trump’s triumph, just wasting time and money.
After seven days of recounting in Wisconsin, Hillary gained a mere few dozen votes. Trump is ahead by over 22,000.
In Pennsylvania, US District Judge Paul Diamond ordered a Friday hearing on Stein’s federal injunction for a state-wide recount, still unresolved as of this writing. 
The clock keeps ticking toward a December 13 deadline for completion. The Electoral College votes six days later on the 19th.
A partial recount so far in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Allegheny counties showed virtually no change in original totals. Trump is ahead by 47,750 votes.
On Wednesday, Michigan US District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith halted the recount, calling it unwarranted, saying:
“To date, plaintiffs have not presented evidence of tampering or mistake. Instead, they present speculative claims going to the vulnerability of the voting machinery – but not actual injury.”
It’s unknown so far whether Stein intends appealing to Michigan’s Supreme Court. It’s unlikely to rule for her if she tries. 
Michigan’s Court of Appeals ruled 3 – 0 against the recount, saying Stein’s low vote disqualified her as an aggrieved candidate.
Bottom line: her scam accomplished nothing except destroying her credibility, rendering herself politically dead, and undermining the Green Party’s reputation.
On January 20, Trump will be inaugurated as America’s 45th president. Nothing Stein does will change things. Her scam was dead in the water before beginning.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.