As controversy swirls around the latest Presidential election results, we need to ask ourselves some basic questions.
Why do dead people overwhelmingly vote for Democrats?
Historians widely agree that the election of 1960, the state of Illinois was delivered to the Democrats by the Daley political machine in Chicago. That resulted in the defeat of Republican Richard Nixon and the election of Democrat John F. Kennedy. Robert Dallek, who wrote definitive biographies of both JFK and LBJ, concluded that Daley “probably stole Illinois from Nixon”. However, some suggest Kennedy would have won without it.
Nevertheless, Nixon considered contesting the election, but given the tense situation in the Cold War, decided against doing so.
There is considerable speculation that the dead may again be pivotal in our most recent election. Voting by dead people and voter fraud has a long tradition in America, especially among Democrats.
You would think these events alone would perk up the interest in the dead by political scientists and pollsters. But no, this group remains largely marginalized and ignored.
Some have speculated it is because the dead are notorious for not responding to pollsters. That may be true but their participation is still important to our democratic process.
We think it more likely Democrats simply have a better ground game. Either way, it is a grave problem that needs to be explored.
Democrats simply have more experience at mobilizing the dead. And the dead, are vulnerable so to speak. No one contacts them very often. If Democrats contacted you every two years and said they needed your vote, how would you respond?
Not only are they seeking your vote, they might let you vote multiple times and even fill out the ballots for you. From this perspective, it is understandable why the dead might vote for Democrats. All of us respond, or would try to, when we are made to feel important. That is especially so if one feels ignored for a long time.
Make no bones about it, the Democrats simply are better at reaching out to the dead and getting their vote.
Republicans cannot hope to be competitive unless they develop a better outreach to the deceased community. They must learn to dig deeper to uncover more voters. Failure to develop a competitive strategy could be a deadweight on the GOP for years to come.