Why Trump is in a hotball of fury
There's an old saying that dead men tell no tales. But according to supporters of Donald Trump, they can certainly vote in the state of Michigan.
Conservative commentators in the US claimed records showed that people as old as 120 years of age had cast ballots in the 2020 election, no mean feat even in this craziest of years.
Election officials hit back saying clerical errors, not fraud, had created a perception of ghostly voting in the night.
Fact or fiction?
In this most fraught post-election atmosphere, it doesn't really seem to matter any more.
What is happening in the US right now is that people with a vested interest in the election result - and by no means is this just Donald Trump - are trying to write their own version of history. And part of this involves throwing up uncertainty, questioning facts, and painting those pictures where you have to squint and slowly move your eyes away to see what you are supposed to see.
Of course, we must start with the President himself. He is a hotball of fury right now and will simply not accept the humiliation of seemingly being beaten by a foe he perceived to be feeble and barely worth turning up to fight.
He has set the scene for claims of voter fraud for months and he is not going to back away from the strategy now. Say it often enough, he believes, and people will buy into it. But will the courts?
Then there's his actual most bitter foe, Nancy Pelosi, the most senior Democrat in Congress, trying to explain how her party managed to lose a clutch of seats in the House, despite an anticipated "blue wave".
"We still won the war," she muttered as she referred to Joe Biden as "the president elect".
Say it enough and people will buy it, remember.
Of course then there was Joe Biden himself, who scheduled an address to the nation with running mate Kamala Harris at 8pm, complete with plans for fireworks. He appeared three and a half hours late and there was no fireworks display.
"We don't have a final declaration of victory yet but the numbers tell us it is clear, and a clear and convincing story," Mr Biden said in a convincing address.
And of course, the pollsters who predicted the most stunning repudiation of a first-term President in history are again under heavy scrutiny after predicting a reasonably comfortable victory for Biden, as well as the Democrats retaining the House and ripping control of the Senate off the Republicans. Regardless of where the outcomes ultimately fall, none of these results has been easy for the liberals. The polls were simply way off once more.
Originally published as Why Trump is in a hotball of fury