By John J. Duncan Jr.

Joe Concha is described by one online publication as “one of the most respected and hard-working media personalities in present-day America”.

He has worked in the past for the New York Times, CNN, NBC Sports, and is currently a political columnist and pop culture analyst for The Hill newspaper.

Concha wrote a column published Nov. 20th for The Hill entitled “The Basement Strategy Is Working for Democrats.”

He noted that Katie Hobbs won a razor-thin victory for Governor of Arizona by embracing “the same strategy that served Joe Biden as a candidate and continues to serve him as President: almost entirely avoiding the media, shunning any interviewer who may ask a tough question…”

Hobbs put out a statement saying her opponent, Kari Lake, was “more interested in creating a spectacle and having the spotlight than actually having a substantial discussion about the issues.” Then Hobbs avoided any interview or public appearance in which she might have been asked tough questions.

Journalist Jonathan Swan tweeted “I say this as somebody who has tried repeatedly to get a one-on-one with Joe Biden. He won’t do it. And there’s no convening power on planet earth that could compel him to do an interview that his advisors deem to be unsafe.”

Concha wrote: “Senator-elect John Fetterman used a similar strategy. He avoided almost all interviews outside of those where it was virtually guaranteed he would be propped up instead of challenged.”

Fetterman agreed to one debate, but only after most votes had already been cast. He performed so pitifully because of his stroke that he probably got many thousands of sympathy votes.

Concha said Gov. Kathy Hochul followed this same basement strategy as Biden, Hobbs and Fetterman. She got the New York Times endorsement without being interviewed and “avoided anything resembling challenging interviews with the local and state-based press…”

Of course, one of the main reasons so many millions think the 2020 election was stolen was because Joe Biden couldn’t even draw 500 people to a rally while President Trump was drawing 25,000 or more to rallies, even in blue states and with almost no advance notice.

Other reasons to doubt the 2020 results are because every challenge was dismissed on technicalities, never being allowed to be heard by a fair jury, and especially because of millions of mail-in ballots floating around with almost no or at least very little security.

Adam Liptak, in a news story in the Oct. 6, 2012 New York Times, wrote: “Voting by mail is now common enough and problematic enough that election officials say there have been  multiple elections in which no one can say with confidence which candidate was the deserved winner.”

The story quoted Ion Sancho, elections supervisor in Tallahassee: “The more people you force to vote by mail, the more invalid ballots you will generate.”

Liptak wrote in his story: “The flaws of absentee voting raise questions about the most elementary promises of democracy.”

The Commission on Federal Election Reform chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker said in 2005: “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”

Now, of course, Democrats love mail-in ballots because they can easily get many of what Rush Limbaugh used to describe as low information voters to turn their ballots over to precinct captains in big city minority neighborhoods, union halls, nursing homes and senior citizen centers.

Some have said it should be easy to vote in elections but hard to steal them. The big lie about the 2020 election was not by people saying it was stolen, but because there was tremendous fraud.

A much bigger lie was that Republicans were trying to keep blacks from voting. The Democrats screamed this lie over and over simply to anger their base. It was obviously false.

They used this tactic again in 2022. In fact, the new voting rules in Georgia made it easier to vote than in blue states like New York and New Jersey and even President Biden’s home state of Delaware. Some Democrat leaders screamed to high heaven about requiring black people to get IDs. Did they not realize how racist and how false that was to imply that some blacks were not intelligent enough to be able to get photo IDs?

Every state should be like Tennessee and have 15 days of early in-person voting plus voting on election day. Absentee voting should be strictly limited to those who are out-of-state on military duty and to those who are severely disabled.

There is no good excuse for having elections in which one candidate is ahead on election night, but then loses after thousands of mail-in ballots are somehow found.