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“Governor” Gregoire

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There’s nothing like catching a liberal with his/her hand caught in the cookie jar. Stuck, up to the elbow, and clutching a handful, they will solemnly assure you that they intend to count every cookie and why aren’t you more worried about the Republican with his (always a he there to them) hand in the cookie jar next door? After all, if they’ve stolen a cookie, why can’t we?

I jest, but not by much. As of this writing, it appears that Christine Gregoire has succeeded where Al Gore failed. Hold on now – what about Ohio and Florida? Why haven’t I posted in the irregularities of those two states? Well, because there’s no credible evidence, that’s why.

Take Florida. How is it that all those registered Democrats in the northern counties voted for Bush? This is ipso facto evidence that something’s rotten in the panhandle to those who have no clue about the place. I’ve been there and know people there. They may be registered as a Democrat but they aren’t going to vote for a guy like John Kerry, a result the Miami-Herald confirmed in their recount. (Admittedly, people like Markos Moulitsas dispute their recount. Given he’s considered beyond reason in these parts, you may as well stop reading if you’re aligned with him.) So the FL evidence is wishful rather than factual and hardly rises to the level where I’m going to invest time in looking at it.

Similarly, the Ohio recount is now complete, with Kerry picking up a few hundred votes. Given the margin of some 118,000 votes, the only possible justification for the taxpayer expense would be to satisfy the voters that the process was fair and complete. (As above, some dispute the recount – Jesse Jackson among them. See above.) The charge that long lines were somehow — unfair” seems stretched when long lines were a feature of the record voter turnout all over the country. A quick Google search yields stories of long lines in MI, CA, MO, and IN. Though I personally did not experience them, I heard of long waits here in MA as well. There are also indications in OH that precincts stayed open:

Ground zero for long waits was Gambier, Ohio, where two electronic voting machines served 1,170 voters. The polling place had to stay open until 4 a.m. to accommodate everyone.

There are also allegations of electronic voter fraud not just in OH, but everywhere. The same people who insisted that punch cards be replaced now see fraud everywhere electronic voting is conducted. I hope to make this the subject of a later post, but meanwhile, I invite specific instances of fraud in the comments. Not, mind you, suspicions or allegations – specifics. And nothing from the Democratic Underground, Indymedia, TPM, or the like counts in any case.

So where does that leave ‘Governor-elect’ Gregoire? Let’s recap:

Dino Rossi wins the election by 261 votes. The slim margin requires a recount.

Dino Rossi wins again in the recount by 42 votes. Christine Gregoire says — The race continues. A 42-vote margin, my friends, that is a tied race.” Most of these new votes came from Democrats going around after the fact seeking Gregoire voters door-to-door, all the while admitting they were suppressing votes for Rossi.

Meanwhile, heavily Democratic King County discovers hundreds of ballots it claims were not counted on election day, judges are consulted, and eventually 732 ballots which were found at three separate times, all in places which had not been secured or monitored, find that Christine Gregoire now leads by 130 votes. Like the Gore attempt in FL, no other counties in WA are being granted the extraordinary privilege of three shots at electing their preferred candidate. Cherry-picking indeed. Also like FL, unclear ballots are counted for the preferred candidate as in write-ins for — Christine Rossi” are counted for Christine Gregoire. Now Rossi should concede as the desired result has been achieved. Gregoire’s team also rejects the idea of another election because:

“This ain’t golf. No mulligans allowed here, folks,” said Gregoire’s spokesman, Morton Brilliant. “It’s irresponsible to spend $4 million in taxpayer money on a new election just because you don’t like losing this one.”

Now that’s chutzpah. They take not one but two mulligans. But I forget myself, they’re Democrats so that’s different.

At this point it’s impossible to say what will happen, but it doesn’t look like Rossi will contest in court, and he probably shouldn’t. It’s unlikely to overturn the result at this point, and even if it did, it would have the taint that Gregoire will now have over her time in office. Let ‘Governor’ Gregoire attempt to govern and reap the whirlwind of her victory. I doubt very much she’ll get a second term.

Conservatives are supposed to be outraged over the fevered imaginings of the tinfoil brigade at the Democratic Underground so we won’t notice what’s going on in WA. We are expected to grant great weight to the flimsiest of accusations as we are to give great benefit of the doubt to the activities of King County. Liberals genuinely seem to prefer a — heads we win, tails you lose” approach to elections, and find themselves shocked, shocked, that conservatives question their bona fides on the subject. Their sense of entitlement is so brazen they openly say “no mulligans” and “if they say Rossi we thank them and move on,” in other words, ‘every vote counts except those for Rossi.’ It really is time for the Democrats to change the name of their party.

Update More from Ronald Wieck at the American Thinker.

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Written by martinipundit

December 30, 2004 at 2:16 pm

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