Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

January 5, 2005

by J

Rumors of Spinal Material

There are rumors out on the internets that a Democratic Senator or two may stand up tomorrow and challenge the Ohio electoral slate. As I just said to someone in IM, that would be stunning. Not because anyone realistically thinks it will be possible to overturn the election, but because, as others have been writing about quite eloquently (here, here, and here, for starters), our entire electoral process reeks of corruption and fraud and something has got to be done to clean it up. This would be a decent start to drawing more attention to an issue that is more fundamental than the outcome of any particular election.

Along those lines, Washington's Republican secretary of state actually has some principles, it seems.
"There are people who think I should be using the position of secretary of state simply to weigh the scales on the side of my own party. I just don't accept that, and it would not be proper," he said.

"There are some people who have been dismayed that I wasn't a Katherine Harris who took the position, 'I'm a Republican, and by God that comes first.'
Interesting that even Republicans now will openly make reference to the fact there was something quite fishy about what Harris was doing down in Florida in 2000.

(I'm pessimistic that these Senator rumors are true, given what I've learned of the Washington DC Democrats over the past year and half, but one never knows, I suppose. Besides, what have they got to lose?)
Posted by J at January 5, 2005 09:07 PM

I won't believe it until I see it. Given that not a single senator would challenge the 2000 electors, I have trouble believing that any of them have grown that much of a spine in the last four years. Especially when there's much less fishyness versus 2000.

This is, btw, one of the reasons why I hate Joe Lieberman with a passion. He had every good reason on earth to stand up and object in 2000, but he didn't. If he didn't want to be Veep badly enough to cause a ruckus back then, why should I think that he'd be a decent candidate for Prez in 04?

Posted by: Dori at January 5, 2005 09:34 PM

I don't know that I agree that there's less fishyness - less overt fishyness, maybe (see the here, here, and here links the post) - but I share your pessimism about the Dem Senators.

Posted by: J at January 5, 2005 09:41 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
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Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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