Monday, November 06, 2006
Charlie Brown and the Football
Run run run...
Here's a surprise. Three Republicans may be reelected in CT on the strength of Joe Lieberman's coattails! That is, if Joe had had just the usual token resistance from the Rs, Republican turnout would have been quite modest. But Lamont in the race draws many more conservative voters to the polls, which spills down the ticket.
Or will the Republicans be gracious losers?
The 2004 results in Ohio were a little suspicious. The exit polls and the voter tallies didn't agree. The head of the voting machine company publicly said he'd deliver Ohio to the Republicans. Hardly enough to hang anyone, but enough to get suspicions high. Bits and pieces of voting irregularities popped up over the years, though nothing too solid.
So is it all that strange that after one very dubious election and one questionable election, the fear of a third rises up?
The dirty tricks campaigns that went on in Maryland and Virginia this year weaken claims of innocence even further. If Republican operatives threaten and mislead voters over the phone, the logic runs, is it such a stretch that another ethics-impared jerkoff might rig the voting machines? No, it is not a stretch.
I fully expect the Talking Head Brigade to charge voter fraud and/or suppression, as well as dig in their heels and be vicious about damn near everything. Gracious losers? Good lord, man--they were the sorest winners I've ever seen during the last six years--petulent, cruel, exclusionary, and snide. I can't imagine what level of hissy fit will come out of the party leadership and chattering classes over a major loss. Yikes.
For the sake of everyone, and I mean everyone, I hope the Republicans take the Republican Party back from the Neocon Nutjobs. We could use actual Republicans again, as a responsible counterweight to the Democrats.