There he goes, into the wild red yonder

September 10, 2021 7:25 am

By indulging his sky-high enthusiasm for conspiro-trash, Adam Laxalt is putting a perfectly good Georgetown law degree to waste.

A couple weeks ago conspiracy-monger and putative Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt all but promised he’ll file lawsuits to discredit the 2022 election before it happens, and then sue some more after he loses.  Just as his idol and endorser Donald Trump did for months prior to the 2020 election and continues to do to this day, Laxalt wants to erode, undermine, and otherwise inflict damage on democracy in the United States.

In other words, same old, same old.

It sucks. It’s also the new normal. Laxalt is far from the only right-wing personality exploiting white grievance for personal gain by feeding it lies, myths and misinformation.

For example, some California Republicans are sure Gov. Gavin Newsom will be tossed from office in the Sept. 14 recall election, unless Newsom and Democrats prevail by cheating. Trump is egging on the conspiracists. Asked about the recall election on the national right-wing media outlet Newsmax, Trump said “well, it’s probably rigged.”

On another right-wing media outlet, Fox News hosts and personalities (including UNLV alum Tomi Lahren) have been, with no evidence, warning (or in Lahren’s case outright declaring) that the California recall election will somehow be fraudulent.

In 2020 Joe Biden got 64% of the vote to Trump’s 34% in California. Yet we’re supposed to be shocked and suspect fraud if a Democratic governor survives a recall, the face of which has become full-on Trumper Larry Elder? 

As first reported by The Associated Press, Laxalt graced snake oil purveyor and fellow conspiracy-monger Wayne Allyn Root’s radio show Aug. 24 and said: “With me at the top of the ticket, we’re going to be able to get everybody at the table and come up with a full plan, do our best to try to secure this election, get as many observers as we can, and file lawsuits early, if there are lawsuits we can file to try to tighten up the election.”

Seeing nor hearing any objections from them after Laxalt spoke for them, we must assume all the Republicans who might be under Laxalt on the ticket are happy with Laxalt’s plans to drag them into litigation so they might be party to the same treatment Laxalt got the last time he took his wild-eyed Trumped-up election fantasies to court: Laughed out, and branded as a loopy conspiracy theorist.

Consider what Laxalt is blatantly insinuating: Not only every Nevada Democrat, but every Nevada election official, including a Republican secretary of state, along with judges in federal and state courts, were all co-conspirators in a nefarious plot to steal the 2020 election. And in yet another astonishing twist, to this day not one of the plot’s participants has spilled the beans!

And yet while crafting and executing this unprecedentedly sophisticated bipartisan conspiracy spanning multiple branches of local, state and federal government, Nevada Democrats somehow forgot to rig the system enough to get measly two-thirds majorities in the state Legislature. 


They even (albeit somewhat more understandably) forgot to rig GOP Rep. Mark Amodei’s race, thus allowing him to win.


Ok you might think the grand conspiracy at the heart of the Laxaltian raison d’être is ridiculous on its face and wildly unbelievable.

Here’s something equally inconceivable: Nevada Democrats pulling it off. 

Laxalt is crediting world-historical conspiratorial mastery to an outfit that couldn’t competently organize leadership elections during a state party central committee meeting, lost control of their party to Democratic Socialist upstarts, and now have to operate on their own through an offshoot organization. 

Stole an election? In 2014, Nevada’s overhyped Reid Machine couldn’t even be bothered to show up for one. (Hence the only election Laxalt’s ever won).

Little wonder, then, that in Nevada and battleground states the nation over, judges and election administrators time and time again found a common consistency in each of the Trump-aligned challenges to the 2020 election: No evidence.

Laxalt graduated from law school at Georgetown, was a special assistant U.S. attorney while in the Navy (according to his website), and was for one term the attorney general of a state (specifically, Nevada, to which he had recently moved for the sole purpose of launching a political career). Could he possibly hold evidence in such low regard? One would think a chap of his training and experience – and breeding! – would recoil at the thought of soiling his profession (and his prospects) by once more parading to court to shop fantastical conspiracy theories based on cobwebs, chiffon, and ideological erotica.

But there he goes, into the wild red yonder. Again.

Which is no surprise. When Laxalt lobbed his opening salvo in the effort to preemptively discredit the 2022 election, he did it on a radio show hosted by a guy who declared the Las Vegas massacre in October 2017 was a “clearly coordinated Muslim attack.” As long as he thinks it’s good for him, Laxalt’s comfort level with radical conspiro-trash is sky-high, Nevada and the nation be damned.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.