Wednesday, December 22 2004
IF IT WALKS LIKE A STOLEN ELECTION....:
I'm just back from a week-long vacation in the Seattle area and let me tell you, what's going on out there in the Washington state governor's race is an absolute mess and a travesty.

As I'm sure everyone is aware, this morning the chairman of the Washington State Democrats declared that based on recount data he'd received from King County election officials Christine Gregoire has overtaken Dino Rossi by 8 votes:

"We're confident Christine Gregoire has been elected the governor of the state of Washington," Democratic Chairman Paul Berendt said. "I believe Dino Rossi should concede."

Obviously, this is just hardcore partisan hackery - which is to be expected from the chairman of both parties - but the underlying message is important and unmistakable: "we've finally gotten the result we wanted so we can now stop everything and officially declare the race over."

There are a lot of moving parts to this story and, although the details of these parts are important, the nut of the story is this: over the course of the two recounts conducted during the last seven weeks, the results from the largest, most Democratic county in the state of Washington has effectively switched the outcome of this race.

Republicans have watched Rossi's statewide lead whittled down by the machine recount in King County, by the "discovery" of absentee ballots in King County weeks after the fact that were apparently excluded from the first two counts due to a clerical error, and most recently by watching King County election officials working to determine "voter intent" during the hand recount which looks to have produced just enough votes to put Democrat Christine Gregoire over the top. As a result, it's simply hard for Republicans to conclude anything other than that the election is being (or perhaps has been) stolen right before their eyes.

More on this later...... - T. Bevan 11:55 am Link | Email | Send to a Friend

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