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It is unlikely Iowa will join the Texas lawsuit attempting to preserve election integrity. Mainly because the most likely route for that to happen requires the Iowa Attorney General to join it and, with Democrat AG Tom Miller, that isn’t going to happen.

The AG’s Office responded to an email about the possibility of joining the lawsuit by saying it does not plan to join the Texas lawsuit because the elections were fairly and safely conducted by election officials of both parties.

“Attorney General Miller continues to have faith in the integrity of Iowa’s election process and will do everything in his power to ensure that all eligible votes will count,” the email said.

Attorney General is not some insignificant position. It matters a lot in the grand scheme of things.

And while Miller is the longest-serving AG in the United States, it’s necessary to note that he did not have a Republican opponent in 2018. Miller was opposed by a Libertarian candidate who received less than 25 percent of the vote.

Again, there was no GOP alternative.

How does that happen?

In a state that in 2016 elected Donald J. Trump by a wide margin…In a state that has a Republican-controlled Iowa House…A Republican-controlled Iowa Senate…A Republican governor — how was there no Republican option for Iowa Attorney General?

It was a failure of the Republican Party of Iowa.

A huge one.

Now, in retrospect, a colossal one.

I have seen the argument that “elections have consequences.” Well, elections also typically have alternatives — which is what makes them elections.

In Miller’s case, there was no alternative. This means there really wasn’t much of an election, just a coronation.

Author: Jacob Hall