December 22, 2004


The Case of the Ohio Recount: In the whodunit over who won it, the true villain is slipping away (Rick Perlstein, December 21st, 2004, Village Voice)

The game is still afoot in Ohio. Taking advantage of a state law that allows presidential candidates to request an official recount if they finance it themselves, David Cobb of the Green Party and Michael Badnarik of the Libertarians raised $113,600 in mid November, largely from progressives nearly tapped out after the campaign. Last week, the part-time bureaucrats of Ohio's 88 county boards of elections started slogging through the results once more. Teams of progressive volunteers watching over the recounts began clocking 20-hour days.

Meanwhile there have been the emotional hearings, led by ranking House Judiciary Committee member John Conyers, in which Ohio secretary of state and Bush-Cheney campaign co-chair Ken Blackwell was raked over the coals in absentia for answers to 36 questions about specific Election Day irregularities that Conyers posed to him in a now famous December 2 letter. The 36 questions are masticated endlessly in forums on—new outrages added each day, thousands of embittered idealists consuming the better part of their time in search of that elusive needle-in-haystack data point that will prove outright theft of the election. One lawyer, Cliff Arnebeck, even thinks he's found it, and has filed suit with the aim of kicking George W. Bush out of office.

It's possible that their vindication will come, that what's already being referred to as the "vote fraud community"—the allusion is to the "JFK assassination research community"—won't disappear up its very own grassy knoll. But the charges producing the greatest heat online often turn out to have the most innocent explanations. The recount isn't amounting to much, either. Last week the Franklin County Board of Elections did discover one extra vote for Kerry—offset by the extra vote they found for Bush. The irregularities volunteers have pointed to in the recount process itself are often picayune.

In many Americans' minds, it's not too hard to imagine, this will all be received as further evidence of the activist left's irrelevance.

For a political party the definition of insanity might well be the insistence on proving yourself irrelevant to your fellow citizens.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 22, 2004 9:14 AM

In other news, John F. Kerry has lost 31 EC votes to John L. Kerry and one EC vote to John Ewards [sic].

Posted by: Uncle Bill at December 22, 2004 9:38 AM

The 'Democrats are sore losers' refrain cannot be helpful to them. Americans are taught from childhood to dust themselves off and get up after a defeat, and set about to winning next time. They are not supposed to spend the rest of eternity litigating and whining about the result.

But if you have a political party that tries to appeal to 'metrosexuals' and other deviants, I guess this is what you get.

Posted by: Bart at December 22, 2004 10:03 AM

Africa-centrism, Ebonics and and multiculturalism are so harmful to their supposed beneficiaries that one is tempted to posit some malign combination plotting to deprive Blacks of the benefits of cultural assimilation.

Could it be that the DemocRATS have been so penetrated that they are being manipulated to their destruction? It doesn't seem possible, but it is hard to imagine another explanation.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 22, 2004 12:06 PM