Letting go of 2020 to focus on the future

Column by Joe Webb
Posted 10/20/21

The late Joe Granville was an investment newsletter writer who was also a showman extraordinaire. In 1999 he appeared on CNBC and was asked his opinion of IBM, which was due to report its earnings …

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Letting go of 2020 to focus on the future

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The late Joe Granville was an investment newsletter writer who was also a showman extraordinaire. In 1999 he appeared on CNBC and was asked his opinion of IBM, which was due to report its earnings the next day.

Granville took the opportunity to pummel the stock mercilessly. He declared IBM a “no brainer short” as I recall and advised everyone who held the stock to dump it. Jim Cramer was one of his interviewers that day.

He asked Granville a simple question, “Joe, what if you’re wrong?” Granville did not have a good answer. The next day IBM blew away its earnings and the stock rose 15-18%. IBM stock never looked back from that day. Joe Granville got it wrong and horribly so.

“What if you’re wrong?” is a simple yet complex question with endless possibilities and permutations. I think Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. Furthermore, I do not think there has been serious evidence presented to back up the allegations of election fraud or a stolen election.

The question could then be posed to me, “Joe, what if you’re wrong?” I could be wrong about the election. That is possible. I am willing to admit that I am wrong if evidence is presented to me.

To be obvious, the longer time moves on without a credible case made for theft, fewer people will be open to the idea that the 2020 election was stolen. The evidence required to back up such an assertion would have to be so overwhelming at this point that it would have to convince most Americans.

Here are just two reasons why I think I am correct about the election. Stealing an election would require the cooperation of a large number of people who were in on it. If just one person among those in on it thought that stealing an election was outrageous and immoral, that would be just one way to stop the theft of an election by letting everyone know about the plot.

It does not matter where in such a conspiracy a whistleblower does originate. In my opinion, a whistleblower would collapse a conspiracy to steal an election like a house of cards. In addition, the forensic audit conducted by the Elbert County Clerk and Recorder only found a discrepancy of three votes.

Most vote counting is mechanized so this one audit suggests non-material tally discrepancies would exist elsewhere. If one county is willing to do this, my wish would be for the other 63 counties in Colorado to conduct an Elbert County-style audit to dispel suspicions about the election results.

I take no pleasure or satisfaction in saying that Joe Biden won the election. His tenure in the White House has been disastrous. But the first step toward fixing a problem is to acknowledge that it exists.

To state that there was a fraudulent election in 2020 does not help in the goal of electing competent adults to both houses of Congress in 2022. It does not help elect another president in 2024 with good advisers to think through the decisions that confront any chief executive. My personal favorite for president is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

If you are mistaken about things, that is understandable. Persisting in the error can lead to catastrophic results. That is what must be avoided right now because America matters too much to suffer from bad governance.

Joe Webb is the former chairman of the Jeffco Republican party.

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