TIME’s investigation has completely shaken American society, especially the most conservative sector, which reads how a plan of several months was hatched to defeat Donald Trump at the polls, in the courts, and in public opinion. But there was one name that shines above all: that of Mike Podhorzer, the “architect” of the mega electoral conspiracy against Trump that brought Democrat Joe Biden to the White House.
Who is Mike Podhorzer?
Mike Podhorzer, is the senior advisor to the president of the AFL-CIO, the largest union federation in the country.
According to TIME, Podhorzer has marshaled the latest tactics and data to help his favored candidates win elections. Unassuming and professorial, he isn’t the sort of hair-gelled “political strategist” who shows up on cable news. Among Democratic insiders, he’s known as the wizard behind some of the biggest advances in political technology in recent decades.
A group of liberal strategists he brought together in the early 2000s led to the creation of the Analyst Institute, a secretive firm that applies scientific methods to political campaigns. He was also involved in the founding of Catalist, the flagship Progressive data company. the famed magazine noted.
But Mike Podhorzer decided to go beyond his usual tactics and became the “architect,” of the plan to defeat Trump.
“Sometime in the fall of 2019, Mike Podhorzer became convinced the election was headed for disaster–and determined to protect it.” TIME reads.
And, from there, a mega-conspiracy began to be organized between Progressives, Liberals and even some Conservatives.
The story reads that it was Trump, with his 2016 victory, thanks to the support of blue-collar white voters, once dominated by the AFL-CIO, “that prompted Podhorzer to question his assumptions about voter behavior.”
“He began circulating weekly number-crunching memos to a small circle of allies and hosting strategy sessions in D.C. But when he began to worry about the election itself, he didn’t want to seem paranoid. It was only after months of research that he introduced his concerns in his newsletter in October 2019.” TIME magazine added.
The usual tools of data, analytics, and polling would not be sufficient in a situation where the President himself was trying to disrupt the election, he wrote. “Most of our planning takes us through Election Day,” he noted. “But, we are not prepared for the two most likely outcomes”–Trump losing and refusing to concede, and Trump winning the Electoral College (despite losing the popular vote) by corrupting the voting process in key states. “We desperately need to systematically ‘red-team’ this election so that we can anticipate and plan for the worst we know will be coming our way.”
Podhorzer anticipated everything
Mike Podhorzer was the one who anticipated all the variables by watching the political-electoral moves on both sides. He noted the Democrats were pursuing a legal crusade to change election rules in several states, with the massive implementation of mail-in voting. The outlook was quite encouraging for a post-November 3rd victory.
Indeed, they anticipated the Trump campaign’s move of not recognizing the results – remember, the vote-by-mail controversy goes way back – they also knew that, after all that, they had to secure certification of the electoral colleges in swing states. And for that, they had to win over public opinion and organize Progressive organizations to exercise counter-pressure against Republican officials on any issue. The transition was the last step of the mega-plan devised by Podhorzer. In the end, everything went smoothly.
It turned out that Mike Podhorzer, according to the report, wasn’t the only one thinking what could come of the election.
“He began to hear from others eager to join forces. The Fight Back Table, a coalition of “resistance” organizations, had begun scenario-planning around the potential for a contested election, gathering Liberal activists at the local and national level into what they called the Democracy Defense Coalition.” TIME explains,
The main impetus to carry the conspiracy forward came with the coronavirus pandemic. It was perfect timing, the press was fiercely critical of the then president and popular discontent seemed to turn the election scenario predicted in 2019 where Trump seemed at least slightly more favored than Joe Biden.
TIME was not the only media outlet to talk about Mike Podhorzer and the conspiracy, The New York Times, a week and a half ago, published an article entitled “How Democrats Planned for Doomsday.”
“Like so much else about the 2020 election, the Progressive alliance came together because of the coronavirus pandemic,” The New York Times says. “It was early last April, after the virus struck and disrupted the Democratic presidential primaries, that Mr. Podhorzer wrote a document entitled “Threats to the 2020 Election.” He warned of myriad dangers, including cyberattacks and mass disinformation.”
The piece describes Mike Podhorzer as one of the architects of the coalition and that it “presented both a political model and a cautionary tale about a badly flawed democratic system.”
Basically, the argument for moving the coalition between the Progressive left and the economic titans forward was: “democracy was in danger,” and because it is “fragile,” action had to be taken to “protect” it from Donald Trump.
“It was a success, but doing something that should never have had to be done,” Mike Podhorzer expanded on the Democratic feat.
One entry in his log concerned a postelection battle over the appointment of presidential electors: Under certain conditions, he wrote, rogue Republican state legislators could seek to nullify the will of voters and appoint pro-Trump electors from swing states.” The New York Times said.
“We are eight months away from crisis,” Mr. Podhorzer wrote in a letter to his allies. “Our efforts over the last three years to create a political infrastructure to mobilize and persuade voters has been extraordinary, but our preparation for the coming crisis has been woefully inadequate.”
And of course, Mike Podhorzer’s plans were not orphans. Various “Other progressive strategists, at organizations founded after 2016 like the Fight Back Table and the Social and Economic Justice Leaders group, had been mulling the same perils ahead,” The New York Times said.
And that’s how the whole machinery began to mobilize. Mike Podhorzer believed that it was necessary to generate an entire coalition to be able to manage the narrative in the electoral arena, to take advantage of the discontent of the various sectors of American society, to politicize the pandemic, to use the communications machinery of the Democratic Party – big media and Big Tech – to “combat disinformation”, to carry an accurate counter-narrative so that Trump’s allegations of fraud would not penetrate civil society.
They worried, in the words of the Times, that a traditional political campaign could never achieve Democratic victory. So they had to be prepared “also to fight a potential strongman during a deadly pandemic.”
Unconventional warfare had to be enlisted, and so, at last, “the Democracy Defense Coalition was born.”
“Deirdre Schifeling, a former top strategist for Planned Parenthood, took the lead in coordinating the effort. With a grand name and a skeletal staff, the group began approaching liberal organizations in Washington and the states. A cluster of a few strategists became a coalition of 80 groups, and then of more than 200.,” the effort was immense, the resources also large.
It was the alliance, in TIME‘s words, of Progressive organizations and economic titans. All colluded to achieve the triumph of the Biden-Harris formula to the detriment of Trump.
But the orchestra conductor was none other than Mike Podhorzer, who “spent months pondering scenarios and talking to experts. It wasn’t hard to find liberals who saw Trump as a dangerous dictator, but Podhorzer was careful to steer clear of hysteria,” the magazine added.
On March 3rd, Mike Podhorzer drafted a confidential three-page memo titled “Threats to 2020 Elections.” “Trump has made it clear that this will not be a fair election, and that he will reject anything but his own re-election as ‘fake’ and rigged,” he wrote. “On Nov. 3rd, should the media report otherwise, he will use the right-wing information system to establish his narrative and incite his supporters to protest.” The memo laid out four categories of challenges: attacks on voters, attacks on election administration, attacks on Trump’s political opponents and “efforts to reverse the results of the election.”
According to TIME, “what Podhorzer wanted to know was not how American democracy was dying, but how it could be kept alive.” Podhorzer, then, concluded that “the chief difference between the U.S. and countries that lost their grip on democracy, was that America’s decentralized election system couldn’t be rigged in one fell swoop. That presented an opportunity to shore it up.”
The architect of the largest electoral conspirancy in the world
Mike Podhorzer devised a plan that worked to perfection and went far beyond a simple electoral conspiracy. He managed, along with all the allies, to shape social perception, use media to manipulate information, attach to the power of Big Tech and manage all the narratives: racial conflicts, economic crisis, the pandemic and the alleged danger to the institutions represented by the figure of Donald Trump.
The funny thing is that media like TIME, reveal the mega conspiracy as a great democratic feat, but the reality is that they manipulated the whole process and, probably, admitted that they have all the power to not only do it, but also get out of it all unscathed.
Undoubtedly, Mike Podhorzer is the architect of the greatest electoral conspiracy of the era. And he will go down in the history of the United States for it.