Asleep at the Switch: National Correspondent for The Tennessee Star Neil W. McCabe Weighs in on Republicans Missing Election Hijinks


Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil W. McCabe to the newsmakers line who discussed the election fraud in Georgia and how in four years Republicans have not been paying attention.

Leahy: We are here in the studio with Crom Carmichael the original all-star panelist. And on the newsmaker line our Washington correspondent for the ever-expanding Star News Network Neil McCabe. Good morning, Neil.

McCabe: Crom. Michael. Good morning to you both.

Leahy: Well, we talked about the ever-expanding Star News Network, and at 12:01 a.m…

McCabe: Is Georgia on your mind?

Leahy: Georgia is on my mind. You are a mind reader at 12:01 a.m. Tomorrow morning Thursday The Georgia Star News will launch. John Frederick’s Radio who is our partner is there already. We are on the ground in Georgia with our own Chris Butler. And Corrine Murdock will be reporting Tom Cotton’s rally and Mike Pence’s rally and all the shenanigans going on in Georgia. And Neil you are the National Correspondent for this ever-expanding News Network.

McCabe: I’m in a peachy mood about it Mike.

Leahy: Oh, McCabe, you are so good. What do you make of the craziness in Georgia? The fraud and the comments by this Very Rhino-ish Secretary State Brad Raffensberger who is blaming the president for his own loss there. Why is the Secretary of State saying that?

McCabe: Well, I think that you know, he’s you know, one of these provincial officials who sort of suddenly in the spotlight. And there was a time when you can take these sort of potshots at a leader of your own party where the spotlight wouldn’t be as harsh. But when the president of the United States gets 50,000 re-tweets blasting you, I think people just don’t know how to handle it.

I think that the way this election has been handled has been terrible. I think that you know, there’s a ton of irregularities. There’s a ton of these sort of petty crimes that accumulate. This instance in this town or that county. Okay, maybe that’s just incompetence. But when you collect the whole thing together this seems like a lot of the exact same incompetence that is happening in a lot of places.

And whether the secretary of state in Georgia was in on some kind of conspiracy, I don’t know. But certainly, he was incompetent. And the spotlight is very good. And I think that regardless of who wins. And there’s still a chance that Biden wins this thing when all the ballots are counted. (Leahy chuckles) And regardless, we’re going to have to look at how we run elections country.

Carmichael: Well, let me ask you a question. Does anybody know how the secretary of state in Georgia gets the position?

Leahy: They’re elected.

Carmichael: They’re elected. Okay, so probably somebody runs and nobody else runs because it’s you say it’s kind of a ceremonial deal until you screw up. (Leahy laughs) and then all a sudden the spotlights on you.

Leahy: Right on you.

Carmichael: So Neil, do you think that all the spotlighting that’s on Georgia right now will help mitigate the voter fraud on January fourth with the run-off elections?

McCabe: Well, I think that I think people are able to process both things at once. There is a danger that if the president comes in too hard and is beating up on Georgians people in Georgia might, you know, take a dislike to the president over it. We’ve seen over and over again in the last say six years that the President has been a national figure as a candidate and as president is that he will take a dip in the polls over something when he’s very aggressive but then he bounces right back. But they’re just might not be enough time. And so we’ll see how this plays. Especially if the Republican Party wants a senator. And they want both senators because that’s a shooting match.

Carmichael: Well, let’s assume that there were some irregularities in Georgia. Let’s just assume that. and and and so my question is With the spotlight now being on Georgia, will it be more difficult for the irregularities to happen again? In other words, will the Republicans who were asleep at the switch, will they now be paying attention?

And will the secretary of state require for example, that when ballots are counted there’s a Republican counting and a Democrat counting each ballot? Because I don’t think that was the case in the counties that went heavily for Biden. I think it was. I think it was controlled pretty much the counting was controlled almost exclusively by Democrats in those counties. So will the Secretary of State step in?

McCabe: One would hope.

Leahy: Neil, I have some breaking news that will comfort you and Crom about the level of integrity going forward. I did this report about the Zuckerberg funded Center for Tech and Civic Life that did these election projects. They only put it in six Democratic controlled counties in Georgia. Magically, three of those counties Cobb, Fulton, and Gwinnett accounted for 76 percent of the net margin gain that he had versus Hillary Clinton. Just magically.

But the good news is that breaking news yesterday, Neil I know this will comfort you. I know this will comfort you, the Zuckerberg funded Center for Technology and Civic Life said they are now extending grants to counties in Georgia so they can help with a ‘safe election’ in the two runoffs. How about that?

McCabe: Mark Zuckerberg is a giver, not a taker Mike. (Leahy laughs)

Leahy: I did send in a question. I got a story coming out Breitbart and I did ask the center for Tech and Civic life, and I know you’ll be shocked that they didn’t respond to me. I said will you follow the same policy in the special runoff election and only give money to Democratic-controlled counties? Shockingly, Neil, they haven’t responded to that very polite question.

McCabe: We watched the Democrats in 2017 and those off-cycle races like New York City, New Jersey governor, and other races. What happened in Virginia. We saw them in the midterm in 2018. We saw them again in 2019 in Virginia and the off-cycle elections of those other states. And they’ve been ramping up for this.

They’ve been testing their techniques and their procedures. And they went into 2020 ready to go and the Republican Party did nothing. They did nothing. There isn’t a single person working for the Republican National Committee who would get hired by if I was running a grocery store I wouldn’t hire any of them.

Carmichael: Now Neil Neil. I’m going to push back on that because if in fact if in fact, the Democrats won because of irregularities if the fact that’s why they won then I think what you’re saying and by the way, I’m not going to actually disagree with what I’m about to say. If it turns out that the Democrats won with irregularities, you’ll recall that that Democrat primary seat up in up in New York where the only way they got the judge to throw out a bunch of ballots that came in late where both sides cheated so much that the judge decided that she couldn’t decide which of the two cheaters should win.

All I’m suggesting is that there are so many irregularities in six specific voting areas that the Democrats planned it. My assertion is based on the evidence that we see that the Democrats planned this strategy. Because if what you were saying is true about the Republicans we wouldn’t have done nearly as well in the Senate. But Trump won almost 10 million more votes than he did last time. And we did very well in House seats and very well in state legislatures. So the Republicans did extremely well except in six counties. (Chuckles)

Leahy: What a shock.

McCabe: Number one, we still don’t know who won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa. All right? Number two. That’s true by the way. Number two is part of gearing up over the last four years is having your election fraud. Is getting involved in this stuff. Is tracking down these getting the contracts. They were just caught asleep at the switch. And so now we’re learning all sorts of stuff that somebody was being paid a lot of money who is supposed to be paying attention.

Carmichael: Now that I agree with that is dead on that point. That is great. We end with an agreement Neil. (Laughter)

Leahy: Thanks so much for joining us, Neil.

McCabe: Be good.

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