Democrats pull the steal in Washington
I'm one of those obnoxious types who loves a good "I told you so." So, here you go! The Democrats, after pulling numerous votes out of their respective and collective posteriors, meaning that absentee ballots which were previously uncounted had materialized without any chain of custody being established for them, some with questionable signatures, and some with absolutely no vote for governor (meaning that the "will of the voter" needed to be discerned, by Democrats of course), have mounted an eight vote lead for Democrat Attorney General Christine Gregoire. So that's it, say the Dems. They won, so the recounts can finally stop. The people have spoken.
I was going to go into a speech about how the Dems would have then claimed it was a hard fought election, they won by the narrowest of margins (which would be illegitimate if a Republican won by the same margin, of course), and it's time to put the whole matter to rest. Whew! But Richard Baehr does an even better job of it, and gives some history on Democrat election-stealing to boot. This is not a new tactic. They have been quick to stuff ballot boxes and equally quick to run to court to twist the standards for vote counting in order to have their hands on power. It's a shame that the voters are simply details in their efforts to "win".
I think the most important aspect of this is the pure arrogance that they have displayed to the State of Washington and the nation. The message is that the will of the people and the system, imperfect but good, matters not when the Democrats are on the ballot. Their addition to government power in their hands has taken an impossible turn to transparent election mischief. The cloak of legality they try to place on it fools only the likes of Terry McAullife and the other regulars who are too stupid to think beyond the party's talking points. And in this age, it's growing old.
Boss Dailey could steal an election in Chicago in 1960 without too much media attention. That wouldn't happen today. With cable news, specifically Fox, and the blogosphere, shenanigans are no longer hidden, they're exposed as they happen.
And as folks see this, the point that Baehr makes becomes all the more important, namely that even Democrat voters in Washington aren't too enamored of post election vote gaming. If the Dems keep it up, and they will, this is the kind of thing that will turn close elections into sure things for the Republicans. Nobody likes to support a dirty trickster.
But a prediction is in order. The Republicans MUST challenge this. The Democrats have done a truly immoral thing, and failing to attack it just encourages more, and erodes our legal system. And when the Republicans do, the charges of disenfranchisement, bad faith litigation, trying to steal the election--the very thing the Democrats did--will issue from their mouths.
It's a double standard they hold. It's the duty of those of us who vote to make clear that it won't be tolerated. Nor will stealing elections.