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 The Tennessee Star Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmaker line to weigh in on the Virginia governor’s race and the potential for election fraud due to mail-out/in ballots.
Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line the best national political correspondent in the country reports for The Star News Network, based in Washington, DC. area. He reports for The Tennessee Star and The Virginia Star. Good morning, Neil McCabe.
McCabe: Hey! Michael, how are you?
Leahy: Great. We just published a great story that you wrote. It’s just up. It’s in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Glenn Youngkin has pounced after McAuliffe abruptly cut and run from a TV interview.
Tell us what happened in that and what’s going on in that campaign where they’re going to elect a new governor of Virginia in the next couple of weeks.
McCabe: I didn’t say it was abrupt. It was the news anchor from ABC 7 in Washington, D.C. He’s the one who said it when he introduced the segment. What happened is the channel had their reporter, Nick Minnowk, sit down with both Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin.
It was supposed to be 20 minutes each. But for some reason, a McAuliffe staffer interrupted three times and finally just cut it short about 10 minutes into McAuliffe’s interview. McAuliffe was getting asked questions about crime.
He was asked questions about mandatory vaccines. He was asked questions about what role should parents have in deciding what their kids are taught.
That really is the rub because in a debate on September 28th, McAuliffe said that he didn’t think parents should be involved in deciding what teachers teach the kids. And ever since then, this guy has been on the run.
And the other thing that’s interesting is that the local media in Virginia, which is just as left-wing as the national media, are not giving McAuliffe a break because parents left, right, Democrat, and Republican are absolutely incensed. And it looks like Youngkin has a real chance to win.
Leahy: Yes, that’s what I’m hearing from people on the ground in Virginia. It could be a real bellwether for the 2022 midterms. (McCabe chuckles) Crom Carmichael is in studio. He has a question for you, Neil McCabe.
Carmichael: For the election in Virginia, are their mail-out ballots, or is it early voting, absentee ballots, and then Election Day? How does it work?
Leahy: I’ll answer that as we wait for Neil to address that. Yeah, they do have mail-in ballots there.
Carmichael: Is it mail-out ballots?
Leahy: Yeah. They have mail-out ballots.
Carmichael: Do they mail out ballots to everybody?
Leahy: Not necessarily to everybody, but it’s a very generous mail out. I know exactly where you’re going with this Crom. And we do have inside insight about what they’re trying to do. And what you’re saying is if we look at election fraud, it is very clear where election fraud takes place.
This is from that 2005 bipartisan commission headed up by former Secretary of State James Baker and also headed up by Jimmy Carter. They said mail-in voting was absolutely the best place for voter fraud to take place.
Neil McCabe, what can you tell us about mail-out ballots going on in Virginia? What do you know about that and the possibility of election fraud to overcome I think the wave of pro-Youngkin support going on there?
Carmichael: That to me is a key question because there is no way to police it. If the government just mails out ballots to every registered voter, to the last known address of every registered voter, there’s no way to handle fraud.
There is no way. There will be fraud in an election like that. And the party that wants to do mail out ballots. There’s a point at which both parties would have to openly encourage their side to commit as much fraud as possible.
Leahy: I got a little inside scoop here. There is some investigative work already going on about that. And there’s hanky panky going on among the Democrats. I know that will shock you.
Carmichael: How do you stop it in this election?
Leahy: You have to read our stories coming out next week on it. Because we are right behind it. So let me continue with the story here.
WJLA TV Anchor Jonathan Ellis introduced paired interviews of Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, and Terry McAuliffe. And the McAuliffe segment was just ten minutes. Youngkin’s was 20 minutes. Neil, are you back with us?
McCabe: Yes. Sorry.
Leahy: So what does this portend for the election? McAuliffe is running and he’s trying to make it all about Trump. What’s this election look like there in the next couple of weeks?
McCabe: Well, it’s very interesting because, in my article, I pointed out that CNN is even worried about McAuliffe’s chances and the polls are absolutely tightening. Four years ago, Northam beat Gillespie by 10 points.
And I believe that Biden beat Trump by eight to 10 points. So Virginia was the heart of the new Republican South. And it’s been really trending Democratic for the last 10 years.
So Youngkin is really kind of flipping the script on the Democrats. Maybe they got a little lazy, but traditionally, because this is an off-year and off-midterm election, it signals that the party in the White House is in trouble or not.
And we’ll see if the Democrats want to cart out Biden. Biden flew out to California to campaign for Newsom, but that was only after it looked like Newsom was going to win.
And the White House wanted to associate Biden with that win in California. I don’t know if Biden helps in Virginia, since it’s Biden’s Justice Department that wants to lock up parents.
Leahy: That is a very good point.
Carmichael: Neil, in Virginia, are they mailing out ballots to all registered voters?
McCabe: I don’t know that exactly. But I will make the point that I tried to make before is that McAuliffe pioneered voter fraud in Virginia by registering…
Leahy: The gremlins are at it again. But basically, let me continue the thought from Neil. He really focused on registering all sorts of folks back in his very first race, 2009, and then again in 2013, when he won and beat Ken Cuccinelli pretty handily.
Carmichael: I would like to know, Michael, if your folks over there can find out whether or not in Virginia they are mailing out ballots to the last known address of every registered voter. Because that’s what they did in California.
Leahy: Yeah, I can tell you that they are.
Carmichael: They are doing that? You’re sure?
Leahy: But what I want to tell you about is that we’ve got some research going on on that very issue.
Carmichael: But you may find that they committed fraud to win, and that doesn’t do a lot of good.
Leahy: But wait, there’s more. The research is going to come out next week.
Carmichael: But still…
Leahy: And it’s going to show significant portions of those ballots that are going to places where people aren’t there anymore.
Carmichael: But they will get returned as votes.
Leahy: This is actually what’s going to go on there, Crom, I think, is going to be the exact opposite of what happened in the general election of 2020, where the Republicans waited till after the fact. I think you’re going to see preemptive strikes there.
Carmichael: I hope you’re right.
Leahy: I hope I am too.
Carmichael: I hope you’re right. Because if one side is allowed to do something that leads to significant fraud, the other side has no choice but to essentially tell its supporters to engage in the same process. And then you don’t have free and fair elections.
Leahy: I just got a text from Neil McCabe. He said with tongue and cheek that our communications connections might be evidence of more deep state tinkering.
Carmichael: There you go.
Leahy: They don’t want the truth out!
Carmichael: I would like to have also asked Neil where the $3.5 trillion, which is really closer to…
Leahy: Isn’t that mumbling and stumbling through the House?
Carmichael: I don’t know if it’s mumbling and stumbling his way through. In other words, I am actually quite hopeful that the thing collapses under its own weight.
Leahy: I’d be all in favor of that.
Carmichael: This is what’s so interesting about that. The progressives refused to vote on an infrastructure bill that is bipartisan unless they get something.
They don’t even have a majority in Congress to support their bill. So they are trying to leverage support for the infrastructure bill to get their $3.5 trillion. And I don’t think that that strategy will work.
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