January 6, 2005


Congress formally OKs Bush election (ALAN FRAM, January 6, 2005, Associated Press)

Congress certified President Bush's re-election Thursday but only after Democrats forced a challenge to the quadrennial count of electoral votes for just the second time since 1877.

Bush's Election Day triumph over Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was never in doubt. After a near four-hour delay to consider and reject a dispute over voting in Ohio, lawmakers in joint session affirmed Bush's 286-251 electoral vote victory - plus a single vote that a "faithless" Kerry elector cast for his running mate, former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. A total of 270 votes are needed for victory.

"This announcement shall be a sufficient declaration of the persons elected president and vice president of the United States for the term beginning Jan. 20, 2005," Vice President Dick Cheney, who presided over the session, read without emotion when the final votes were tabulated.

In a drama that was historic if not suspenseful, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., formally protested that the Ohio votes "were not, under all known circumstances, regularly given." That, by law, required the House and Senate to convene separately and debate the Ohio irregularities.

Boxer, Tubbs Jones and several other Democrats, including many black lawmakers, hoped the showdown would underscore the problems such as missing voting machines and unusually long lines that plagued some Ohio districts, many in minority neighborhoods, on Nov. 2.

Instead it underscores Democratic derangement syndrome.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2005 6:13 PM

Hard to believe those clowns are elected adults that take part in governing this country.

Posted by: Tom Wall at January 6, 2005 6:58 PM

Now that this is over and done with, it time to focus on '08 and Hillary.

She must be stopped. We must start now.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 6, 2005 7:37 PM

And here in that other Washington, the same party is telling us to ignore all the irregularaties and double voting and voting felons and "Deadocrats" and uncounted military ballots. But hey, the outcome here is perfectly valid because the Dem's the winner.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 6, 2005 9:07 PM

The more the Democrats complain about the Bush victory, the more they offend ordinary Americans who cannot stand a sore loser.

Posted by: Bart at January 6, 2005 10:06 PM

You know I live in Franklin County Ohio. I spent all of 11/2 driving around town running errands and conducting my life. Somehow I missed the legions of stormtroopers.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 7, 2005 12:22 AM

I understand that the head of the Franklin County Democratic Party, a Black union official, is completely steamed about the Congressional inquiry into voting irregularities. Especially, since he heads the government agency there which runs the voting.

Posted by: Bart at January 7, 2005 6:20 AM

boy, looking at the news yesterday (election bitching and questions like: "Mr Gonzalez, are you in favor of torture?"), I was thinking: "has any party ever screwed up like the Congressional democrats did on Jan 6, 2005?"

yesterday is gonna be hard to top..

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at January 7, 2005 9:25 AM

The portions I watched on C-Span were painful. Rep. Kirkpatrick (sic) from Detroit was expecially bad--talking about men in "suits" (business suits I guess) asking for ID and touching "my" vote counters. I've heard of jackbooted thugs but I guess those in business suits are the real evil ones. I wonder if they gave the Heil Hitler sulute too?

Posted by: Bob at January 7, 2005 10:07 AM

I wonder how many people know that Kerry had a majority in Franklin County, Ohio?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 7, 2005 10:50 PM