Monday, October 18, 2004

Simply Disgusting

Simply Disgusting

Great NY Post editorial this morning about the blatant democrat attempt to steal the election. Money Quote:
As it happens, massive fraud in registering Democratic voters has been documented this year — and constitutes a genuine attempt to manipulate the election.

But Dems aren't interested in that kind of fraud.

Democratic leaders and many in their rank-and-file are simply not prepared ever to accept that voters just might prefer a Republican candidate.

Any GOP victory has to be tainted, the result of a "steal."

Which is why they're fully prepared to manufacture evidence — even when none exists.

It's simply disgusting.
All we can hope for is that Bush wins by a big enough margin to take the sting out of such tactics. When Al Gore refused to concede in 2000, most thinking Americans thought less of him for his venality, for placing himself above the law and the republic. Now we have that Supreme Court decision out there, ready to be used to perpetrate more mischief, as George Will has shown plainly in this essay in Newsweek last week. The Supremes took the easy way out, as usual. Now we may have to reap the whirlwind. As Will puts it:
How did we reach this danger? When Al Gore dragged Florida's courts into the election process, the U.S. Supreme Court did not make the prudent decision to refuse to be dragged into what Justice Felix Frankfurter called the "political thicket." If the court had allowed Florida's intrastate power struggle to proceed, here is what probably would have happened:

Florida's runaway Supreme Court would have done what it seemed determined to do: it would have continued to rewrite the state's election laws and vote-counting rules until they produced a Gore victory. Then Florida's Republican-controlled legislature would have done what the U.S. Constitution empowers state legislatures to do: choose electors.
Same outcome, different route; one which would have not left that terrible precedent.

By the way, why does almost everyone remember that the decision was 5 to 4? The determinative portion of that decision went 7 to 2. Oh well - no wonder I say that the "common knowledge" is always wrong.