Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
The Republican Party — once called the Grand Old Party — today should be called the Goofy Old Party. Not goofy in a fun way but dangerously goofy. We all know the national cast of characters from the “Stable Genius” to the “Grim Reaper” and on and on.
But we need look no further than Arizona’s ludicrous election “audit” of Maricopa County to find local evidence of “GOP” goofiness. Only a goofy political party would authorize the turnover of public election records, ballots and election machines to a private company for any reason. To make matters goofier, this is the work of Republican leadership in the Arizona Senate. Apparently, no vote was taken on this goofiness. Surely a vote of the full Senate should be required for anything of this magnitude pertaining to an election.
We all know the “audit” is being conducted by a private company called, goofily enough, Cyber Ninjas. The name itself conjures images of bamboo. This company is reported to have never audited an election. From most accounts it will not be able to claim that it has done so when it finishes its current activity. Few will respect the result of this exercise in goofiness or its final goofy report — if there is one — purporting to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to election integrity in Maricopa County in 2020.
The actions of today’s “GOP” seriously undermine our democracy and our political and electoral systems. We all will be affected by this infringement on the sanctity of our ballots and possibly our private information if the “GOP” can get it. The goofiest thing is they probably can. The next goofiest thing is some people will still vote for the Goofy Old Party.