Skip to comments.WHY WE WANT A REVOTE IN WA
Posted on 01/10/2005 4:04:24 PM PST by Keeso
Like many Washington state citizens who find voting irregularities beyond the pale and completely unacceptable to a democracy, I feel our current state legislature will let us down if a revote in the contested gubernatorial election does not come to pass.
Newstips have already started to sprinkle in via anonymous sources close to King County Elections suggesting there were irregularities more akin to Richard Daley's Cook County, Illinois corrupt Democratic machine (that gave JFK the 1960 election) than to the accidental "whoops!" scenarios favored by those that control King County's electoral process; and if over time this proves to be the case, these irregularities should run quite counter to the supposedly "progressive" ideals favored by many King County voters.
Even though many King County liberals seem relieved that Christine Gregoire is now governor-elect -- based on certain on-the-street interviews shown on local TV -- if they are truly happy to see her in office, even if put there by unfair machinations, then they are hypocrites or worse. They don't realize that unfair (and quite possibly illegal) election practices undermine both the state's reputation and electoral integrity to such a huge degree that Washington state becomes, in effect, no better than a banana-republic tyranny. Jimmy Carter had best stop looking over the Palestinians' shoulders (in their recent election) and keep a close eye on Dean Logan of King County Elections ... just as long as Jimmy, himself, doesn't get caught up in the fervor of local Democratic party practices and feel himself tempted to shoot a few unverified provisional ballots through the voting machines.
I will not lie -- I voted for Dino Rossi. While that may not seem odd (given where I am posting), I have this to say and I say it honestly: I would not want Dino Rossi to become governor by the same shenanigans that have installed Christine Gregoire as governor-elect. It goes against every fiber in my being, as an honest person and as one who believes in fair-play. That is the truth. I am not an "at any cost, by any means" partisan. And that is what I believe distinguishes me from so many local voters in the Democratic party camp, the local left-leaning press, courts, and most of the Washington legislators. To them, there are means to an end that are justifiable -- ones that I cannot and will not abide by because to do so would be to lose my own core, my own ethical sense of self. But this loss obviously comes quite easily to many people in this state. Supposed progressive politics and many petty (and not so petty) corruptions flow was readily as high-priced coffee.
And this is exactly why a revote is necessary. Without a revote, the stain of corrupt party politics will continue to haunt Washington state's reputation for years to come. Long after investigative reporters have sifted through various records and interviews with King County election workers (I suspect phone records of Dean Logan, head of King County Elections and Paul Berendt, King County Democratic party chief would be quite interesting to peruse), and even after various "by then not-quite-provable" illegalities have come to light, the stink of unwholesome political corruption will hover over this state and (hopefully) stick to local legislators like glue.
I will make a prediction: Washington state legislators will be naive and count on their constituents having short attention spans. They will miscalculate, thinking they have only to get through the next week or so and wait for citizen groups to go back into their cubby-holes and wait for new taxes. What the legislators don't yet realize is that this story has great traction and "irregularities" of this magnitude will not easily be forgotten. I also foresee an erosion of the local Democratic base via the influence of "Dino-crats" and others for whom ethical concerns outweigh winning at any cost and by any means.
We need a revote NOW, for that is the only way to correct a terrible electoral mess ... that, and the immediate removal from office of Dean Logan. Any election official who cleverly and cynically uses a PC smokescreen -- the phony populism of "every vote counts" -- to hoodwink and highjack the courts to selectively remove lawful deadlines (for King County Democrats, largely) but not for our military voters overseas is a weasel and should not be entrusted with overseeing even a fast-food cash register. The manner in which the provisional ballots were put through voting machines UNVERIFIED, as well as election worker reports now coming in (albeit in a scared, anonymous trickle for now) and stating how a selective process was used, whereby new votes were "found" all help to illustrate a process gone horribly wrong ... and quite possibly in a most corrupt and quite illegal fashion. In short, investigators should put Dean Logan under a microscope -- I suspect what they will find will be most fruitful in the long-run, both for the reputation of our state and the integrity of its electoral system.
Two final thoughts ...
First, if Christine Gregoire is convinced that this most recent recount is the most fair and the most accurate, then why is she so afraid of a revote? Is it because the dead can't vote twice in King County? Is there some metaphysical law that governs how many times a dead person can vote illegally for a given candidate?
Second, it reveals a huge double-standard for Christine Gregoire and the WA Democrats to "hang tough," to essentially say "To hell with deadlines, we need to get this election right," ... and then, when it's time for Rossi's camp to do exactly the same thing (and with even more justification, given the recent "irregularities"), the Democrats howl and decry the Republican's push for a fair resolution to this mess (and given the process so far, the only true and fair resolution is a special run-off election).
This just further illustrates how corrupt and unfair the Democratic party has become over time. Some may say this is inherent in any system where one party rules for too long a time, but I believe the roots lie in the currect psychology of Washington state (or, more accurately, WESTERN Washington): an amorality born of a relativistic, "progressive" paradigm gone terribly astray ... a horrid love-child of 60's ultra-permissiveness mixed with "me generation" selfishnesses that create, in essence, a brat-child mentality unable to determine what is fair or unfair, only what it desires (in this case, a phony and corrupt brand of "progressivism"). Harsh to say? Perhaps ... but not that far off the mark, if perhaps a bit of a hyperbole. Applicable to ALL Washingtonians? Well, of course not, but certainly to enough of its citizens (especially in King County) that this recent travesty may yet stand. But that will not serve Washington well in the long-run ... not that it will bother the conscience of so many citizens who want Christine Gregoire to remain in office without the fair solution of a special election -- to determine, once and for all, which candidate was truly elected ... by living, breathing state voters.
Who can blame you? I'm surprised y'all haven't started shooting at Ft. Sumter yet.
"Do over" elections seem too SoreLosermanish to my taste.
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I'm not currently a Washingtonian, but I strongly prefer certification of Rossi based on his victory in the election at hand.
Throw out the recount and begin an aggressive criminal investigation in King county...but a revote seems to me not to be the right solution.
Well written...too true. The term "democrat" is a farce.
Very well written.
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Rossi doesn't want to govern under a cloud of uncertainty. He wants the re-vote. I think we can win it. (I'm here in WA.)
If you, Keeso, wrote this, you should say so; if it's from an article somewhere, post a link. The easiest way to indicated that it's self-authored is the put (Vanity) after the title, or Self as the author.
Otherwise I think this is very well argued and excellently written. Send it to the Seattle P-I and maybe they'll publish it. They may be liberal, but they ran a couple of good articles this past week on these irregularities.
>>"Do over" elections seem too SoreLosermanish to my taste.>>
Margin of win is a fraction of demonstrated errors. Would you like to know more than you would like to just move on?
Send it to every town newspaper in Washington...Someone is bound to publish it. Worth a try isn't it?...Try the Bellingham Herald and the ComPost Intelligencia...what the heck!
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