December 15, 2004


Too Tired to Fight: Voters in Washington State are as tired of electioneering as the ballot counters are of counting votes. (SCOTT ELLIOTT, 12/15/04, NY Times)

You would have thought Mr. Rossi's wobbly, 42-vote lead in the machine recount would have prolonged the partisan wrangling of the presidential election; or that the hand recount under way would have further inflamed things, given that the contest now seems likely to tilt in Ms. Gregoire's favor. Certainly, the post-election drama has received the requisite attention from the news media here. Front pages and TV news broadcasts carry the scenes that have been familiar to us all since Florida: tired-looking teams of Republican and Democratic vote counters sitting on folding chairs, flipping through sheaves of ballots under bad florescent lights. But around here, we seem to be as tired of electioneering as those ballot counters are of counting votes.

After I pay for my omelet and coffee, I ask the woman working the register what, if anything, she's heard from her customers about the recount.

"They think it's ridiculous," she says. "They've recounted and recounted. How many times are they going to recount? I count up tips every day and put it in a bigger bill. The number doesn't change if I count it again. Is this going to occur every election time, in every election?"

If anyone were leading the Democratic Party they might have sense enough to tell them that "party of sore losers" isn't the brand to take to the public every two years.

In the Northwest: Democrats acquire backbone since days of Gore (JOEL CONNELLY, December 15, 2004, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)

In his lucid book on the 2000 Florida election debacle, "Too Close to Call," author Jeffrey Toobin depicts Vice President Al Gore as a guy who fiddled with his Palm Pilot while Democrats got burned.

The vice president was preoccupied with how his actions would be viewed by the Washington, D.C., political/media elite. The Republicans' obsession was winning the White House, even if it meant deploying a window-pounding mob to browbeat a county elections board.

In this Washington, however, Democrats are made of sterner stuff.

They raised more than $700,000 to pay for a full statewide hand recount in the gubernatorial contest between Dino Rossi and Christine Gregoire. They've resisted every Republican ploy to force a premature concession, including quasi-coronations of Rossi.

Of course, the Democrats suffered a setback yesterday. The Washington State Supreme Court -- obviously wary of judicial intervention -- rejected a bid to order that county election officials count previously rejected ballots.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2004 9:31 AM

If the average citizen thinks the election is OVER, the Democrats are insane to listen to the hard left and keep "fighting" for every vote.

Under these conditions, there is a fine line between fighting and fabricating.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 15, 2004 11:32 AM


We await evidence that the Left has not gone insane.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2004 11:37 AM

I like the biased terms of the first sentence: "wobbly" and "tilt". The Dems were saying that a 42 vote lead was a "virtual tie", but you know damn well that if they manage to find enough ballots in the mayonaisse jar they left on Fun & Wagnalls front porch to give them any lead, the talk of a tie will disappear, and Gregoire the Thief will have a "solid" victory.

And that's the real problem. The Cook County Democrats are being shown to be criminally incompetent in its management of elections. Now they are "finding" magic ballots left in trays and pouches in the little booths where ballots are supposed to be marked. The same ballots which are supposed to be entirely accounted for.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 15, 2004 12:22 PM

A lose/lose situation for the Dems. Rossi wins, a loss of course. But if Rossi is not governor today, he will be Senator in 2 years. Ask Tom Daschle about things like that.

Posted by: Bob Greggo at December 15, 2004 3:47 PM

Not just Rossi replacing Cantwell, but the GOP, assuming they aren't their usual Stupid Party selves, will be running legislative candidates with one strong message-- get rid of corruption by the Dems. (Especially if the Legislature takes it upon itself to use its constitutional powers to select Gregroire if the count doesn't go the Dems way, as some Dems have already threatened to do. And so far, they've made good on all their threats.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 15, 2004 5:55 PM

After listening to the radio this evening for the latest updates on this, I've come to the conclusion I live in a Banana Republic. The only thing missing is for Jimmy Carter to put in an appearance and declare for Gregoire. But then, he didn't show up in Ukraine either, did he?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 15, 2004 9:04 PM