Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, December 24, 2004
Department of Unintentional/Unconscious Self-Satire
This morning, the high court considered whether King County -- the state's largest and a stronghold for Gregoire -- should be allowed to add to the recount 723 ballots that weren't counted originally because of mistakes by county election workers....
A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Friday granted the state Republican Party's motion for a temporary restraining order to stop King County from counting the newly discovered ballots. King County, the state Democratic Party and the secretary of state appealed that ruling.
Unless the Pierce County order is reversed, Democrats argued, voters will be disenfranchised through no fault of their own. Republicans countered that the real harm would be if the newly discovered ballots are allowed to be counted so long after the election.
Seattle Times, 12/22/04
After a bruising election and two recounts, Democrat Christine Gregoire emerged as the winner by a 130-vote margin in Washington state's astonishingly close governor's race....
Gregoire's lead in the statewide hand recount widened from 10 to 130 today after a state Supreme Court decision allowed King County to reconsider 732 mistakenly rejected ballots....
Gregoire said she was not declaring victory and would not ask Rossi to concede. Outside the Capitol, dozens of Republican protesters chanted "Count all votes!"
Seattle Times, 12/24/04