Actually, this decision to recount confuses me. I hold that it is politically stupid, as no one really believes it will change the result, and most Americans want this election in particular to be over, not to be drawn out painfully.
Even if it changes the result, many people wouldn't accept it, believing, perhaps correctly, that the Clinton's had once again engineered a recount scam to snatch the presidency back from Trump.
That's a great way to, at the very least, seriously enflame the political divide in the country, and at worst set off a civil war. Consider that the leftists are threatening electors with violence if they don't vote for Clinton, and the Democrats are doing nothing at all to discourage this behavior.
If they will do that, why wouldn't they cheat to steal the election through a fixed recount?
Also, it's clear that Jill Stein has no hope of success in any recount, so unless she is doing this to scam money out of folks to fund her future political career (very possible), she can only be seen as a likely stooge for the Democrats and Hillary to pursue another shot at stealing the election. Not smart, not cool.
At this point, Trump has to believe that the Clintons have a plan that they have put in place and are activating, and which requires a vigorous response from him to protect the election's results. We'll see what, if anything, he does.
From a larger perspective, virtually no one wants to drag this out, and no one except the true ideologues wants the trouble that a change in result will cause. Not a good image to project for the Democrats. Not a constructive message to send.
I believe they are further damaging their brand with these actions. I guess that's a silver lining of sorts.