Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Bite Me John

Did you get the Kerry email today? You know, the one that starts out like this:
No American citizen should wake up the morning after the election and worry their vote wasn't counted. No citizen should be denied at the polls if they are eligible to vote. And, as the greatest, wealthiest nation on earth, our citizens should never be forced to vote on old, unaccountable and non transparent voting machines from companies controlled by partisan activists.
Boy that sounds great John. So what are you doing about it:
Tomorrow, members of Congress will meet to certify the results of the 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors.

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.
News flash: It's not all about you John. Just because you may not be able to overturn the result, it doesn't mean election fraud didn't happen and doesn't need to be investigated. You of all people are in the perfect position to see that this happens, since you are a senator and can object to the Ohio results. But no. You are not leading. You are getting out of Dodge on your fact finding mission. Way to lead there Mr. Kerry.
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.
You mean actions like not participating in the demands for an investigation into these widespread irregularities?
I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year to reforming the electoral system. A Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different standards in different states for casting and counting votes. We need a national federal standard to solve the problems that occurred in the 2004 election. I will propose legislation to help achieve this.

Florida 2000 was a wake up call. But the Republicans who control Congress ignored it. Will they now ignore what happened in 2004?
The GOP will ignore it again? No kidding Sherlock. They are a bigger majority in 2004 than they were in 2000. If you allow the Ohio vote to go unchallenged by running away from it for political reasons, you miss the historic mother of all opportunity to draw attention to the problem that may have cost you the election.

But it just gets better:
I want every vote counted because Americans have to know that the votes they stood in line for, fought for, and strived so hard to cast in an election, are counted. We must make sure there are no questions or doubts in future elections. It's critical to our democracy that we investigate and act to prevent voting irregularities and voter intimidation across the country. We can't stand still as Congressional leaders seek to sweep well-founded voter concerns under the rug.
So it's critical that voting irregularities and voter intimidation be investigated you say. But you, being in a position to object to the Ohio Electors and thereby force a debate and an investigation, is something you are running from.

I've never been so disappointed in a candidate I've supported.

Forget about 2008 John. Just forget about it.