Democracy Saved As Ohio Recount Finishes. But Why Is Bush Still The Winner?
However, some will never let it go, like Jesse Jackson and his attorney who say in the AP article that for some reason or another, mostly evil GOP plotting, probably, the recount was not "real" because it counted the same "flawed" votes that were cast on November 2nd, despite their having no proof about this claim at all. Olbermann, linked above, thinks that for some on the Left, the recount "battle" may become like Florida to the same bitter partisans who are still obsessed with Florida. He seems to think this might be a bad thing. I'm glad that he realizes that, though his little effort to boost tin-foil-hat conspiracy theories will probably degrade the public debate more than if he had never covered it. Lets also remember that Olbermann initially jumped on the "fraud" story over the seemingly odd but actually norman voitng patterns in Northern Florida because he never actually looked at past results there. At least he scoffs a bit when the Kerry Campaign's lawyer tries to raise questions about the "legitimacy" of the Bush win. Seriously. The guy said it might be illegitimate then backs off the next day. Only news source reporting it? Olbermann. Now, no one watches him, but I still think he hurts more than helps the election process by being a voice in the MSM that looked at the nutjob theories and then talked about them, even after any sane person would have realized that there was no "there" there. He also raises questions about whether John Conyers or Maxine Waters will try to challange the Electoral Vote in a week when it is unsealed and certified by the House. He seems to be imagining a 2000-redux here, again, where no Senator will dare challange the election. Actually, he thinks Kerry was thinking about it, but thinks him crazy to do so. Takes one to know one, Keith! Anyway, the point is, the damn recount and election are over, and Bush won fair and square. What's funny is that with the exception of the nightmare in Washington State, this election proabably had the smallest amount of fraud in a long time, at every level. We should keep refining the system, but I don't think some people on the losing side will ever be satisfied, even in George Washington himself appeared and announced the election fair. Maybe Keith would cover it, but I'm sure he'd say something ill-informed and smarmy. Well, it's over at least. Lets get on with our lives.