H/T: John Sexton at Hot Air:
The New York Magazine story by Gabriel Sherman offers this:
Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call. The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review — especially in light of the fact that the Obama White House has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee.
Someone in DailyKos asserted four days ago that data indicated Clinton won four states – these three and Florida.
If the Clinton campaign were going to take action, wouldn’t they have done so by now? Podesta and Elias got this five days before the story broke and as Sherman writes, they are running out of time:
The Clinton camp is running out of time to challenge the election. According to one of the activists, the deadline in Wisconsin to file for a recount is Friday; in Pennsylvania, it’s Monday; and Michigan is next Wednesday. Whether Clinton will call for a recount remains unclear. The academics so far have only a circumstantial case that would require not just a recount but a forensic audit of voting machines. Also complicating matters, a senior Clinton adviser said, is that the White House, focused on a smooth transfer of power, does not want Clinton to challenge the election result. Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri did not respond to a request for comment. But some Clinton allies are intent on pushing the issue. This afternoon, Huma Abedin’s sister Heba encouraged her Facebook followers to lobby the Justice Department to audit the 2016 vote. “Call the DOJ…and tell them you want the votes audited,” she wrote. “Even if it’s busy, keep calling.”
This might be a time where #NeverTrump naysayers realize that it’s good to have a mean SOB like Trump around right now. And that Bannon fellow, too. Its not hard to imagine a back channel message getting to Podesta that a challenge – if lost – will release the hounds in a Jeff Sessions DOJ. Democrats have never had to face someone who plays hardball before.