Thursday, December 30, 2004
Something's Going On. It Has To Do With That Number -- There's An Answer In That Number
And now her opponent, Dino Rossi, wants a new election.
Never mind the fact that, apparently, hundreds of voters were disenfranchised because they'd been mistakenly rejected or simply put aside. Never mind the fact that, in a democracy, in America, everyone's vote is supposed to count.
Just try to imagine the Republican outrage -- especially on the blogs, especially on talk radio -- if a Democrat had asked for a new election.
"What, are they such sore losers that they want people to vote until a Democrat wins? The American people have spoken!" Et cetera.
Time and again, it has been shown that apparently the Republican party is afraid to let the American people speak. There were many, many accusations of voter irregularities in this election -- but most of the evidence shows those consistently and disturbingly work in favor of Republicans.
The Dems wanted all the votes counted in the first place, and by paying for, finally, a hand recount in Washington, they got that -- and they won. Are the Republicans such sore losers that they want people to vote until a Republican wins?
In one place, at least, the American people have spoken.
Washington is currently looking at an initiative to implement Instant-Runoff Voting, which would probably have made this election much less close. I hope it gets on the ballot, but it looks doubtful this time around.
I never thought the day would come when I would have to wonder if my vote really did get counted.
And computerized polls with no paper back up to let you see if the button you hit on that touch screen really went to the right candidate?
It's so disheartening.
Is Gregoire's campaign saying that what happened a few days back in the Ukraine was democracy gone wrong? I support her, but her spokesman needs to pull away from the news coverage of his own canidate and glance at the world headlines time to time.
Also, New Frames tosses this one out, and I agree. It is why I have given so much attention on my blog to my northern neighbors:
"The Dem lawyers in this case were the kind of junk-yard dogs we could have used in 2000, but of course that's the past. So let's use these guys in the future. They know how to fight to get every vote counted (note to DNC.)"