I for one hope the judges in those states rule in favor of the recounts. Because I for one want the recounts to happen. I need them to happen.
And that is, in truth, the reason why I feel like I, like Jill Stein and and probably a good many other of my fellow Americans, need to see the results of the recount: because if the recount doesn't happen, we'll be vexed by the thought of never really knowing.
It was my daughter who best verbalized this in a conversation I had with her yesterday.
The problem, said my daughter, is that we tend to look at life through a lens of logic. We expect things make sense. Two plus two equals four.
For many of us the results of this election felt like two plus two inexplicably ended up equaling nine. And it's not a matter of people being unhappy because their candidate lost - I mean, of course we were unhappy, but that isn't what I'm talking about here; it's that, having one's sense of the election's logical outcome shaped by all the scientifically calculated pre-election polls, by all the polls that calculated Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania as solidly, unquestionably Blue territory right up to election day, by all the predictions that gave Hillary anywhere from a 70% to a 90% chance of winning, by all the logical never-fail prognostications that pointed to a Hillary win, it's been hard to wrap one's head around what actually came to pass.
So while some woke up on November 9 blindsided by pure joy, some by pure grief, others of us, me included, were hit with a weird sense of disorientation. As if things that everybody knows don't happen,
But it wasn't a grassroots movement of disbelieving Hillary supporters who first called for the recount. It was several top computer scientists who surmised that something looked amiss in the results calculated by electronic machines in the three states where Trump's victory made the least sense. And though our government officials are generally now assuring us that it's practically impossible for the election machines to have been hacked or tampered with, was the opposite not proved true when our election was tampered with by Russian agents who hacked the computers of the Democratic National Committee?*
And in fact was not the possibility of election machines being hacked one that was addressed during the election?
Finally, there's the matter of the provisional and absentee ballots - which generally align with the votes tallied on election day - this time soaring wildly off election day results: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 2.5 million votes.
All of the above have left a mess of loose ends in my mind and in the minds of many that can only be tied off with a double-check of the ballots,
They must be afraid of what the recounters might find.