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What’s Wrong with Liberals?

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Nothing, to hear them tell it, but yet, their rampant dissatisfaction with the state of things puts the lie to that. Meanwhile, Mac Johnson examines the issue:

The idea that Republicans are the masters of the black arts of politics, while the Democrats are babes-in-the-woods is just ridiculous. The Democrats ran a Presidential campaign in 2004 that was nothing but technique and nearly devoid of substance. Bush’s strategy was a singular message: “You can trust me to see the War through.” The Democrats ran a somewhat more layered campaign that consisted of claims that the War was already lost, the economy was secretly in shambles, the Republicans had a secret plan to bring back the draft, the Republicans had a secret plan to suppress minority votes, the Republicans had a secret plan to enrich Dick Cheney, George Bush had — through a secret plan– avoided his full National Guard obligation, and the Republicans had a very secret plan to steal the election, which is why the Democrats had to deploy an Army of lawyers to every swing state to sue Kerry into the White House, should Bush win by just a hair. The Democrats also placed an initiative on the ballot in the pro-Bush state of Colorado to split its electoral votes (thus giving Kerry a substantial technical edge in a close election); and they are still finding bags of ballots for Christine Gregoire in Washington State. Might I humbly suggest that the problem is not that the Democrats lack political skills, but that they have become entirely dependent on these skills? Perhaps a message concerning something real they wanted to do (rather then the secret plans of Republicans) was the critical missing ingredient?

This is the sort of thing one hears from liberals all the time – how everything the Republicans do is politically calculated. That might be true, but if so, it sure doesn’t explain why Bush has gone after the tough fights from Iraq to Terri Schiavo to Social Security. He could just as easily have stuck a finger in the wind and sat back for eight more years of Clinton.

It’s a must read.

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May 3, 2005 at 8:45 am

Washington State Election Follies

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Remember the Washington State election fiasco where ‘Governor’ Gregoire continues to reign? Michelle Malkin does, and she’s got links.

This one ain’t over yet.

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April 7, 2005 at 10:29 am

Have the Dictacrats Struck Again?

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It truly boggles the mind. Captain Ed crunches some numbers and finds compelling evidence of vote fraud in Wisconsin. (Michelle Malkin weighed in last night.)

According to state records, 83,000 people executed a same-day registration for Milwaukee County, which is more than 20% of all voting-age residents in the county. Now, Wisconsinites may procrastinate a bit, but in order to believe that number, you’d have to expect that 20% of the county had moved or became newly eligible within the past two years (after the previous national cycle). Not only that, but the state now reports that 10,000 of those registrations cannot be verified, a whopping 12% of all same-day registrations and almost the entire margin of victory for Kerry for the entire state.

There’s more, but that’s the rub. A lot of attention has been paid to Ohio. The New York Times is even today making a gratuitous swipe in an editorial about the need for a paper trail for electronic voting (a good idea, by the way), yet no one other than the denizens of the fever swamps actually believes that Kerry won Ohio. The Democrats don’t want to talk about what happened in Washington where a ‘Governor’ now rules. They don’t want to talk about Pennsylvania and the disenfranchisement of military voters. They don’t want to talk about how the Florida panhandle votes. And the silence on Wisconsin has been deafening.

Don’t worry about the places where the questionable votes potentially exceed the margin of victory. Don’t look at actions taken by Democrats to suppress the military vote. The party that claims to want every vote counted is really the party of counting every Democratic vote – dead or alive, twice if necessary. And if we dare to question Their Imperial Highnesses, we’ll be tagged as “vote suppressors” and “tools of the rich” and “you never worry about Republican fraud.” Oh, and don’t forget the race card.

Yet, no one has actually come up with any compelling examples and certainly not at the state level. Just another spurious accusation to distract from the party of kleptocrats. They act like anything not nailed down is theirs, and anything they can pry up is not nailed down. And then they get huffily indigant when anyone dares call it theft. Maybe I’m wrong and being overly harsh. If so, what’s the explanation for Wisconsin? Washington? Pennsylvania?

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January 18, 2005 at 10:16 pm

‘Governor’ Gregoire Sworn In

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Washington has a new ‘Governor,’ at least for now. Court challenges are proceeding and widely expected to be settled ultimately by the state’s supreme court. Meanwhile, Gregoire seems to be somewhat lacking in support. A fairly significant majority wants a revote:

An Exclusive KHQ NewsPoll conducted by Survey USA shows, 62% in the State of Washington say there should be a new election to re-vote on the governor’s race.The survey was conducted January 10 and 11, 2005, and 36% statewide say there should not be a new election. A re-vote is supported by 76% of Republicans and 64% of Independents.

In Eastern Washington 59% of those polled back a re-vote, 61% in the Seattle area back a re-vote. Democrats oppose a re-vote, but even among Democrats, it is close:45% support holding a new election, 52% say they oppose it.

More here.

Also be sure to check out Sound Politics which has been covering this story like a terrier on a rat.

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January 13, 2005 at 10:44 pm

The Farcical Land of King County

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With “Governor-elect” Gregoire scheduled to be sworn in tomorrow, you’d think King County would be taking extra special measures to appear above board. But you’d be wrong.

Three days after King County election officials explained most of a controversial discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and voters known to have voted, the gap has grown again. After whittling the discrepancy from 3,539 votes to 1,217 last week, officials yesterday said they had made a mistake. The number of votes now unaccounted for is “somewhere around 1,800,” county Elections Superintendent Bill Huennekens said yesterday.

Yet voters in Washington State are still expected to have confidence in the outcome of the election? Apparently so:

Huennekens said the larger number of unaccounted-for votes should not shake people’s confidence in the outcome of an election that he said was still “99.9x” percent accurate.

Maybe, but that’s a problem when the outcome is decided by 0.0000459% of the votes.

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January 11, 2005 at 12:02 pm

Cox and Forkum on the Washington Election

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Somewhat more succintly:

Heh.

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January 10, 2005 at 11:08 pm

John Fund on the Washington Election

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In today’s Opinion Journal:

In Washington state, the errors by election officials have been compared to the antics of Inspector Clouseau, only clumsier. At least 1,200 more votes were counted in Seattle’s King County than the number of individual voters who can be accounted for. Other counties saw similar, albeit smaller, excess vote totals. More than 300 military personnel who were sent their absentee ballots too late to return them have signed affidavits saying they intended to vote for Mr. Rossi. Some 1 out of 20 ballots in King County that officials felt were marked unclearly were “enhanced” with Wite-Out or pens so that some had their original markings obliterated. Most disturbing is the revelation last week by King County officials that at least 348 unverified provisional ballots were fed directly into vote-counting machines.

“Did it happen? Yes. Unfortunately, that’s part of the process in King County,” elections superintendent Bill Huennekens told the Seattle Times. “It’s a very human process, and in some cases that did happen.”

King County elections director Dean Logan, Mr. Huennekens’ boss, also concedes the discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and the list of people who are recorded as voting. Even though the gap is 1,200 votes, he says, “that does not clearly indicate that the election would have turned out differently.” Are voters supposed to trust an election merely because it can’t “clearly” be shown to be hopelessly tainted? Mr. Logan is certainly singing a different tune now than he was on Nov. 18, when he responded to charges of voting irregularities in an e-mail to colleagues, which read in part:

“Unfortunately, I have come to expect this kind of unsubstantiated crap. It’s all too convenient, if not now fashionable, to stoop to this level when there is a close race.”

Slade Gorton, a Republican former state attorney general and U.S. senator who is advising Mr. Rossi, says a court should order a revote rather than declare valid one of the two earlier vote counts that Mr. Rossi won.

“No one can govern effectively under the cloud this race has created,” Mr. Gorton says. He notes that state law doesn’t require any showing of fraud to contest an election.

“That is irrelevant to whether the election should be done over,” he says. “The law is quite clear in giving a court the right to void any election where the number of illegal or mistaken votes exceeds the margin of victory, and it has done so in the past.”

This one ain’t over. A must read.

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January 10, 2005 at 3:10 pm

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