May 28, 2005


Judge Won't Dismiss Wash. Gov. Challenge (REBECCA COOK, 5/27/05, Associated Press)

A judge Friday refused to throw out a Republican challenge to the election of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire, saying voters deserve a full accounting of how the balloting was conducted.

The Democrats asked for a dismissal after the Republicans rested their case following four days of testimony aimed at proving that errors, illegal votes and fraud combined to deprive GOP candidate Dino Rossi of victory last fall.

He's not going to order a new election, but their suit isn't dead yet.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 28, 2005 12:00 AM

The legistature delegated the power to the courts (and that means, eventually, the state supreme court) to do the hard work, but expect the supreme court to say that the legislature reserved the ultimate authority to itself. It'll be their way to duck a controversy, even though they will rule that the election result cannot be determined, and that it should be null and void.

Which means that we will have a case where, for once, the courts refuse to become "activist". In a case where being activist would hurt the Left, od xoueaw. That's going to really grate on people who see no hesitation for the courts to get involved in any other controversy that may come up, when it furthers the Left's attempts to assert their unpopular agenda. (If it was popular, they'd win elections and legislate their victories.)

How are the election lawsuits in Ohio going, by the way?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 28, 2005 1:32 AM

"od xoueaw"

that dyslexic fingering for "of course"

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 28, 2005 1:54 AM


Think QB VII (Leon Uris). The dirty party won the court battle, but lost the war.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at May 28, 2005 2:19 AM

Fred, I think that's the best we in WA can hope for. That will be enough, hopefully, to begin swaying some elections away from the left.

Posted by: Pat H at May 28, 2005 9:17 AM

Raoul: You should have let us wonder about what strange Latin phrase you were using...

Having the courts order a new election seems like a really scary road to start down, as it'll lead to endless litigation of every election (of course, the national Dems are already more than happy to do this when they lose).

Seems best to let the result stand, and throw every single election official who had anything to do with the fraudulent counting (even in an oversight capacity) in jail. That might be the best way to promote fair elections in the future.

Posted by: b at May 28, 2005 11:32 AM

Best secnario is the court digs through all this during the summer and early fall to get the violations out there, then rules against ordering a new election just about the time the cycle for the '06 senatorial race gets started, which would give Rossi a leg up for a run against Real Networks stock scam artist Maria Cantwell.

Posted by: John at May 28, 2005 12:17 PM

Whaddya mean "stock scam artist"? Loaning your campaign the funds from your personal wealth, making yourself one of the creditors of your campaign so that you can fundraise to pay yourself off if you win,or write it all off if you lose, was a brilliant, creative move.One we'd never see from the plodding, pedestrian tennis-shoe wearing Patty Murray.

(And it caused Cantwell to sell some of her RealNetworks stock back when it was actually worth somthing. Friends of mine and I have interviewed there, and it's a scary sort of place in the sense of they seem to have no idea what they are doing or what their business is. They keep advertising the same jobs for years, but never seem to hire anyone. We've concluded that their sole reason for existence any more is to support various lawsuits, winning any one of which will make the primary shareholders rich, again, at which point the company will be folded as having served its purpose.)

Note also that it's become apparant that Cantwell probably got her present job in her 2000 election due to the same sort of King County Democratic Party corrupt tolerance of incompetence, which will make a Rossi/Cantwell race even more fascinating. (I'm still hoping the court still has the activist guts to void the election, as happened in Minnesota in the early 1960s.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 28, 2005 2:40 PM

I thought 'od xoueaw' was Sioux, not Latin.

How can Gregoire govern if the court allows the case to press forward, even if they won't overturn the results? Do the local Dems see the danger in fighting tooth & claw to keep power now, when the electorate will be inclined to balance things out in 2006/2008? An extended trial now just allows all the scorpions to be found under all the rocks.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 28, 2005 10:53 PM

They're counting on short memories, their ability to demonize the GOP, and their hold on King County. It's been that way since I moved here over a decade ago, so why give up on what works?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 29, 2005 3:23 AM

re: tag line

you can tell by the way i use my walk, i'm a ladies man, no time to talk

Posted by: cjm at May 29, 2005 1:40 PM
Having the courts order a new election seems like a really scary road to start down, as it'll lead to endless litigation of every election

Sure, the danger's there, just like there's danger in so many other human activities. But a Bright Line ™ isn't hard to have here, if we want one: if the absolute value of all invalidate votes (missing ballots, missing votors, double votes, ineligible voters) exceeds the margin of victory, it's new election time, otherwise not.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at May 30, 2005 10:39 PM