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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Stranger Than Fiction

James Taranto's, (believe it or not, an editor for WSJ), blog is always more than worth reading, (a very rare exception in the world of the MSM, of which the WSJ is a major player in). From the title site, you can read his archives, just scroll to the bottom, if you are new to him FYI, if you want to understand much of the jargon of the blogosphere, read some of them. . .

May the Farce Be With You In an apparent effort to impress porcine propagandist Michael Moore, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California joined Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio in objecting to the counting of Ohio's 20 electoral votes for President Bush. The result? The joint session of Congress that certifies the presidential election adjourned for two hours, and the House and Senate each convened separately to debate, then reject, the objection. The tally in the Senate was 74-1, with only batty Boxer voting to sustain it, and as we write, the House vote stands at 263-32, with 135 members not voting.

This didn't happen even in 2000, when senators sensibly decided not to join various far-left House members in objecting to the counting of Florida's votes. Today, it's clear, the Democrats are in such desperate shape that they are resorting to crying that American democracy is illegitimate--a sure sign that they don't expect to win anytime soon.

John Kerry, typically, is trying to have it both ways. He's traveling overseas and so isn't in attendance (what else is new?), but yesterday he sent an e-mail to supporters saying:

Despite widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to addressing those problems that happened in Ohio. We must act today to make sure they never happen again. So according to Kerry, Bush won fair and square, but it was an illegitimate election anyway. This is the "moderate" Democratic position. The extreme position is that Bush "stole" the election by getting three million more votes than Kerry. An outfit called United for Peace and Justice is actually planning an Inauguration Day protest. And if you can't make it to Washington, you can still join in:

UFPJ also encourages everyone to wear a white ribbon on January 20, no matter where you are or what you are doing. In many cultures, white is the traditional color of mourning. Of course, the joke is on these losers, who apparently are unaware that in our culture, white is the traditional color of surrender.

Actually, there's an even more extreme position than "Bush stole the election": A group called Patriots for Gore is still trying to overturn the 2000 election, as it outlines in a press release
dated Jan. 3, 2005:

As the rightful President of 2000, Al Gore should have been allowed to serve the term the people and electorate of America elected him to serve for them. We then also have been workng to investigate if there is a legal and constitutional way to restore that term to Vice President Gore, and a petition to that effect is on our site. The petition will remain there as long as it takes to see justice, if that day ever comes.We were thinking about starting a group called Patriots for Dewey--hey, the Chicago Tribune couldn't have been wrong--until the
New York Sun reminded us that the Truman administration is over.

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