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Thursday, January 06, 2005

The Boxer Rebellion

ABC News: The Note: Wise to Resolve, and Patient to Perform: "Sen. Barbara Boxer ended speculation about what she'll do with a letter to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), saying that she will join the objection, delaying the inevitable certification for a few hours."

I personally haven't seen enough evidence to say that Ohio was stolen or that there was some kind of widespread GOP fraud. I have seen enough evidence to say that the vote has some serious questions about the vote, in many states besides Ohio. Congress definitley needs to look into how we vote.

What I don't get, is how that this year, the Congressional Black Caucus can get a Senate sponsor for their objections, and in 2000, when the election was pretty much outright stolen, they couldn't.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan and others have said they will rise to protest the Ohio electoral allotment specifically. They will charge that the vote certification is not legitimate, that the Secretary of State there ruled with bias, that the exit polls differed from the vote tallies, that minority communities experienced long lines and voter intimidation, that county election officials made mistakes, or worse, when canvassing the ballots.

The chambers will then separate for 2 hours, and probably ignore all of those complaints.

There was plenty of high-level Democratic pressure to talk Boxer out of doing this. They do not welcome the spectacle of Jesse Jackson and Granny D holding little rallies outside the Capitol. And they acknowledge it makes them look like poor losers, since, after all, Bush did win Ohio by more than 100,000 votes.

"Senate Democratic aides say few if any Democratic Senators will vote to support the challenge, with the exception of Boxer," ABC News' Linda Douglass reports. "Some Democrats, like Ted Kennedy, may make floor statements calling for election reform but not challenging the outcome of this election. It is not clear how many will speak, since many senators have already left town," Douglass reports.

"Republicans are delighted. A leadership aide calls this a 'golden opportunity to remind people that President Bush won and John Kerry lost. Bring it on.'"

I guess I belong to the Granny D wing of the Democratic Party. I guess who cares about how it looks, I care about if it's the right thing to do. Yes, we need election reform. Hopefully we can get at least that out of this disappointing election season, something we sorely need in some form or another.


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