It would be easy to dismiss the recount Green Party candidate Jill Stein has planned for Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, even with the Clinton campaign finally (seemingly begrudgingly) getting on board and agreeing to help. Hillary's camp very nearly dismisses it themselves when her campaign's lead counsel acknowledges that the effort will not likely lead to any change in the outcome of the election that puts Donald Trump in the White House come January.
But upon closer inspection, something else is going on with Stein's effort that makes it not only hard to dismiss but important to pay attention to because it's indicative of the way Washington has been working under the progressive regime and is one of the reasons voters throughout the Rust Belt decided they'd had enough.
Jim Geraghty of National Review covered it with an imperative to Democrat voters this morning on Twitter:
Check the fine print, recount donors! https://t.co/cwsYB2GUJP https://t.co/xwy7gALGyY— Jim Geraghty (@Jim Geraghty)1480255146.0
Jill Stein has raised more than $6 million toward a recount that she cannot guarantee will actually happen. But she promises that money will go toward efforts to, presumably, shore up the integrity of the voting process (something that Hillary Clinton sometimes thinks is absurd and other times finds worthy of investigating).
Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant last night, railing against the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton demanding pre-Super Tuesday that whoever loses the election should graciously accept the results, only to change her tune when she was the one required to be gracious in her loss.
His timing and choice of medium notwithstanding, Trump is correct to point it out. But the hypocrisy isn't the most egregious thing happening during the recount effort: it's the bilking of donors who want to see real change but will ultimately only see empty pockets.