Tuesday, January 04, 2005

House Dems to Contest Electoral Vote Count

From the article:
WASHINGTON (AP) - A handful of House Democrats plan a long-shot effort to snarl President Bush's formal re-election by preventing Congress from counting Ohio's pivotal votes when lawmakers tally the electoral vote on Thursday.

No one expects the action to undo Bush's victory. Instead, it seems likely to do little more than call attention to Election Day voting irregularities, a growing frustration for Democrats who blamed similar problems in Florida for Bush's 2000 defeat of Democrat Al Gore.

Hell, I'll take some damn attention to voting "irregularities" (read: FRAUD). How feckin' tame! Oh, the same thing that ailed us in 2000, ooh, wasn't it all so wacky? This 8-year episode of corporate control and gov't excess will be such a blight on our history. Most of us (?) can see these things now, and still so many refuse to open their eyes, think for themselves, get off the ample teats of the Limbaughs and the Hannitys. "No one expects the action to undo B*sh's victory (sic)," and why, I ask you? It should. He didn't win. At the very damn least, the goings on in Ohio dictate a MUCH more serious response from our lawmakers. So what do we and John Conyers have to look forward to?
In a measure of the dispute's political delicacy, proponents are considered unlikely to find a senator who will co-sign the objection, which is required to force Congress to act on the challenge. Most Democrats are reluctant to launch a serious effort to undo the election, in which Bush outpolled Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., by more than 3 million votes nationally.

Well, goddamn. After electoral theft in 2000, after the ineptitude before and after 9/11, after 4 years of croneyism, illegal war, a war on the poor, gov't regulation, and the environment, after corporate welfare, after a give-to-the-rich tax policy, devastatingly arrogant foreign policy, and hubristic domestic policy, after stripping us of our civil liberties, after creating a network of secrecy and information control that Big Brother would whistle at, proponents are unlikely to find a senator to co-sign??? For the love of all that is holy and just, I detest the Democrats. What the hell are they doing standing around taking up space? Is there not ONE with integrity, grit, strength, decency, a sense of purpose? Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Barack Obama? Yoohoo... anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Even so, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has sent letters to senators seeking their support for his plan to object to the counting of Ohio's 20 electoral votes, which gave Bush his November victory over Kerry. Some Ohio voters have complained of Election Day fraud, citing a shortage of voting machines at precincts with minority voters, unusually long lines and computer problems.

``I am hoping that you will consider joining us in this important effort to debate and highlight the problems in Ohio which disenfranchised innumerable voters,'' wrote Conyers, top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

The House Democrats' chief hope of finding a supportive senator may be Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Her spokesman, David Sandretti, said Tuesday that she has been asked to sign the complaint ``and she is considering it.''

Considering it. If this is the best we can hope for from the Dems, f*ck them. I have never missed Paul Wellstone more in my life.