Thursday, January 06, 2005
Dems: Deep-Sea Diving to Rearrange Titanic Deck Chairs
It's one thing to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic as it's sinking.
It's an entirely different thing to dive hundreds of feet through dark, icy water to rearrange deck chairs on a ship that will never again see the light of day.
That, my friends, is exactly what some Democrats in Congress are attempting. In their world, the election isn't over yet. John Kerry may have lost the election, but George W. Bush didn't win it. These people never give up. The House Dems found a Senate co-conspirator to force Congress to interrupt tallying the Electoral College vote: Barbara Boxer.
I know, you're surprised.
By law, a protest signed by members of the House and Senate requires both chambers to meet separately for up to two hours to consider it...Hey Boxer, why don't we take a closer look at Pennsylvania? Or Michigan? After all, if you want the American people to "know the facts" surrounding the election, shouldn't we look in places where your guy weaseled out a dubious lead? Where's the concern over voting irregularities in those states? Where are the demands for recounts, and the discussion of voter disenfranchisement?
"I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light by allowing you to have a two-hour debate to let the American people know the facts surrounding Ohio's election," Boxer wrote in a letter to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, a leader of the Democratic effort.
Oh, oh, I see... it's only when you Democrats lose that you care about black voters, or care about voting irregularities.
Kerry, for his part, is conveniently out of the country:
Underscoring that the outcome was not in doubt, Kerry, who [wisely] conceded to Bush the day after the Nov. 2 election, said he would not join the [pathetic] challenge. The four-term Massachusetts senator was [conveniently] in the Middle East, thanking U.S. troops [for the excuse to leave the U.S. to thank them] for their service.He'll present a plan later? Where have we heard that before? I guess that was the real John Kerry we saw during the campaign!
In a statement, Kerry said there are "very troubling questions" about the Ohio [and Pennsylvania and Michigan] voting and he would present a plan later to improve voting procedures.
To offer a little help to our Democratic counterparts, here's a tip: Want to win an election? Forget your lawyers and focus on your candidates and, while you're at it, mainstream American values.