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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

I See Dead Voters

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At this stage, the only surprising thing in Washington would be if the dead hadn’t voted.

But some continue to insist that there’s nothing to see here, move along now, blocking traffic.

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January 7, 2005 at 2:27 pm

The Undemocrats

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Who decides what is the will of the people?

Not the people, apparently. Senator Boxer of California has joined some perennial House malcontents to object to the congressional certification of Ohio’s 20 electoral votes. As noted here, this is a procedural formality and after two hours of debate, the objection will be voted down. Boxer says this is over “voting irregularities” such as “long lines.”

As I noted, long lines were found in several states, as a quick Google search will show. This is due in no small part to the tremendous get out the vote effort made by both campaigns, and also by many people recognizing how important this election was. This is something to be proud of, not object to. Given the spectacle unfolding in Washington State, one might expect Democrats in Washington DC to be more circumspect. They rail incessently about the will of the people, counting every vote, and ensuring unfettered access to the ballot box.

One never hears from them about respecting the integrity of the process. They don’t worry about double (or more) voting, denying military absentee ballots, creative interpretation of ballots, or even dead men voting. To the Democrats, election monitors are for Republican precincts, not their own. They worry about “fixing” democracy as they steadily undermine confidence in it.

It’s been 35 years since Congress objected to an election, and is it any surprise that it was for Richard Nixon? If there were valid reasons to object then it would be correct, even if futile. But there is no valid reason here outside of the fever swamps of the Democratic Underground – to which Senator Boxer now subscribes. She now joins them in sapping the foundation of the country to score cheap political points.

No one in Washington State can have confidence in the legitimacy of their governor – the Democrats in Congress now want to make sure the entire nation carries that burden of uncertainty. Coupled with the Gonzales hearings this morning, the Democrats have had a good day by their lights: soft of terror, hard on democracy. Permanent minority status is not far away.

Update Jeff Goldstein puts it another way:

But here’s the thing: the US has a long (and, I believe, truly dignified) tradition of handing over the reins of power without incident. In the last 5 years, however, this new generation of — progressivist” Democrats has managed to undo a couple centuries worth of dignity in their increasingly pathetic attempt to hold onto power — or, when all else fails, to call into question the legitimacy of the power their opponents will attempt to exert.

Not unlike burning down the house to prevent the bank from foreclosing.

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January 6, 2005 at 11:30 pm

This Is What a Stolen Election Looks Like

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It’s getting increasingly icky in Washington State. A new poll from King 5 in Seattle shows a serious crisis of confidence. First, let’s recall that ‘Governor’ Gregoire ‘won’ on the third ‘count’ by 129 ‘votes’ which were ‘found’ in King County. There they apparently believe every vote should be counted:

King County still can’t explain why there were 3,500 more ballots cast in the November election than there are on a list of registered voters who supposedly participated.

Not to worrry they say:

King County Elections workers insist it’s not fraud, it just takes several days to reconcile the books. “There’s many reason why the number is different,” said Bill Huennekens, King County Elections. “People who voted in the address confidentiality program, federal write-in ballots that we were, that people aren’t in the system, so it’s coming together with all those numbers and seeing exactly where we’re at.”

In other words, these guys are asking the people of Washington to take at face value their assurances that it will all work out, meanwhile Gregoire will have already been sworn in. Predictably, this is not sitting well:

[I]in a new KING 5 statewide poll, we asked: Should Republican Dino Rossi concede? 36 percent said yes, 53 percent said no. In the poll conducted by SurveyUSA, the majority still believes Rossi actually won the election.

Six weeks ago, before the hand recount, we asked: Who do you think won? 66 percent believed it was Rossi.

Now, after a hand recount showing Gregoire ahead, there’s about a 10 percent swing in public opinion, but Rossi is still the perceived winner with 56 to 35 percent.

As for the Republicans pushing for a new election, we asked: Should there be a re-vote? 59 percent of residents statewide say yes, let’s vote again.

Remember, this is a blue state. 3500 votes above registration, and it could be as high as 5000 according to Sound Politics (they’ve been chronicling the mess pretty closely), and yet Washington is prepared to swear in Gregoire next week anyway. For those of you on the Left who still think Bush stole the 2000 election, Washington shows you the real thing.

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January 4, 2005 at 11:38 pm

Jesse Jackson Slips

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The old shakedown artist is still banging on his drum, hoping that somehow Congress will overturn the election. (He ought to read the Constitution – all the senate does is count the votes but no matter.) One might remind him that the Republicans control both houses. Still, it was this paragraph that really caught my eye:

Conyers, Reid and Kerry will face harsh criticism for violating what might be called the Nixon precedent. When Kennedy beat Nixon by a few thousand votes in an election marked by irregularities in Illinois and Texas, Nixon chose not to challenge the result. Gore essentially followed that rule after the gang of five in the Supreme Court disgraced themselves by stopping the vote count in Florida. But the effect of the Nixon precedent is to provide those who would cheat with essentially a free pass. Particularly when the state officials are partisans, they can put in the fix with little fear of exposure so long as they win. [emphasis mine]

Those who would cheat, eh? Methinks the mask didst slip somewhat here. Could Jackson actually be admitting that Kennedy cheated in 1960? Perish the thought … He also seems to be forgetting ‘Governor’ Gregoire, but he probably hasn’t noticed anything happening outside his imagined Ohio for weeks now.

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January 4, 2005 at 10:44 am

“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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December 30, 2004 at 2:16 pm

No More Votes Needed Thank You

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The Democrats have apparently found enough votes to ‘win’ the governor’s race in Washington. What a surprise.

Democrats have claimed victory in the race for Washington governor by a razor-thin margin of eight votes, citing preliminary results of a hand recount they say puts Christine Gregoire in front for the first time. Republicans maintained the race was still too close to call.

The stunning turnaround was reported late Tuesday by the head of the state Democratic Party, who said party officials’ analysis of hand-counted returns from King County – the last county to finish the grueling process – showed that Gregoire had eclipsed the dwindling margin that Republican Dino Rossi has held since Election Day.

And the completely predictable:

“We’re confident Christine Gregoire has been elected the governor of the state of Washington,” Democratic Chairman Paul Berendt said. “I believe Dino Rossi should concede.”

So after mysteriously finding more ‘uncounted’ votes in King County three (or is it four?) times, the Dems have a margin of victory of eight votes. It’s like they’re not even trying to hide the fraud.

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December 22, 2004 at 10:21 am

Mayor Daley’s Legacy

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Here in Massachusetts it’s axiomatic amongst the liberal inhabitants that George W. Bush ‘stole’ the 2000 election. The idea that a Democrat would do such a thing is dismissed as so much nonsense. Yet, they do seem to keep at it. Over at the American Thinker, Richard Baehr explains:

The late Chicago columnist Mike Royko often told a story about election night 1960 in Illinois, and the Presidential contest between then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. As Kennedy’s lead over Nixon in Illinois kept falling through the night, Robert (Bobby) Kennedy, the Senator’s campaign manager, nervously kept calling then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the father of the current Mayor Daley, to get an update on the race. Daley kept assuring Bobby that there was nothing to worry about. Illinois would come through in the end for his brother. Kennedy continued to remain one state short of victory in the Electoral College as night turned into day at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. Bobby’s growing nervousness finally caused him to blow up at Daley and demand an explanation as to why the Mayor could be so sure of eventual victory in the state. Daley told Bobby that he was — holding out” some precincts in the city, to which Bobby replied: — How do you know they will be enough?” Daley replied: — I assure you they will be enough”.

One might have hoped that 44 years on, we would have evolved into a somewhat more transparent and legitimate way of deciding elections, particularly close ones.

Unfortunately, the events unfolding in Washington State the past few weeks in the very tightly contested race for Governor, suggest the Daley approach to politics is still being practiced. When your candidate (in this case, the Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire) appears to be coming up short, the Party works to find some “missing” votes. When they are still short at the end of the count, they have a recount, and find some more that need to be counted. When that still fails to put their candidate over the top, they demand and pay for a statewide hand recount, and “find” some more. The process, as in Florida in the 2000 Presidential race, is to keep counting and finding votes until your candidate eventually takes the lead. Then you stop counting. In Washington State in 2004, Democrats in King County are behaving like Chicago Democrats in 1960, and Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County Democrats in 2000.

Maybe they should consider changing the name of the party to Dictacrats. Baehr follows with an excellent summary of the Washington governor’s race – still undecided as of this writing. It’s a must read.

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December 17, 2004 at 10:54 am

Washington State Gubernatorial Follies

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In today’s Opinion Journal, John Fund recounts the current sorry state of the Washington governor’s race. It’s not pretty:

[T]he one out of 50 Americans who live in Washington state are living through a Florida-style nightmare, with Republican Dino Rossi clinging to a 42-vote lead over Democrat Christine Gregoire in the governor’s race after a machine recount of 2.8 million ballots. In the latest example of why this country needs to clean up and clarify its sloppy election systems, Douglas firs substitute for palm trees as the backdrop.

In Seattle’s King County alone the vote counting so far has featured such anomalies as 10,000 ballots being mysteriously discovered nearly two weeks after Election Day, election officials “enhancing” hundreds of unreadable optical-scan ballots, and a judge allowing political partisans to selectively track down voters who cast questionable provisional ballots to see if they could turn them into valid votes. Ms. Gregoire gained several hundred votes through such maneuvers, so she has now declared her intention to pay for a hand recount of some of the state’s precincts to see if she can take the lead. If a selective recount changes the overall winner, the state would pay for a laborious hand recount of all the votes The process could drag on past Christmas and might eventually have to be settled by the state Supreme Court. Gov. Gary Locke is scheduled to leave office on Jan. 12, but wags are already joking he shouldn’t pack his bags too soon.

It should be funny, but it isn’t, to look at such maneuvers and see business as usual for the Democrats. Indeed, the one trick Al Gore did manage to pull off was to offload the blame for attempting to steal the 2000 election onto Bush. For anyone actually paying attention to the last century, it should be clear by now that such shenanigans come from the donkeys. Indeed, here it is baldly stated:

Ryan Bianchi, communications assistant for Ms. Gregoire, made it clear how blatantly partisan the approach was. Democratic volunteers asked if voters had cast ballots for Ms. Gregoire. “If they say no, we just tell them to have a nice day,” he told the Seattle Times. Only if they say yes, did the Democrats ask if they want to make their ballot valid.

Some might be shocked, but as I said – business as usual for the Democratic Party.

What is perfectly clear is that the next Governor of Washington will have no real legitimacy, and that the state is doomed to repeat this sort of nonsense until they clean up their act.

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November 29, 2004 at 1:10 pm

Electronic Voting

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In the wake of the 2000 election, many on the Left called for reform in the voting procedures of the nation. Among the early favorites was the idea of ‘electronic voting’ but somewhere along the way, the Left decided that wasn’t the way to go.

Naturally, some (including readers of this blog) have seized on the idea that the Diebold electronic voting machines were tampered with, and hence, Bush has pulled another fast one. For those of you inclined to drink this Kool-Aid, QandO has an antidote.

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November 11, 2004 at 4:14 pm

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