Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Problem Isn't Ohio; It's the Democrats

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Leonard Pitts, Jr. He has a Pulitzer Prize, and to the extent you could say anyone could earn such a thing for commentary, he earned his. But this is just stupid.

Addressing the efforts by Kerry and others to further probe voting irregularities in Ohio, Pitts says, "What (Kerry) didn't say - what I have yet to hear any credible expert say - is that these irregularities made any material difference to the bottom line." Well, if that's the case, I say let's just take away voting rights from blacks and women and 18-21 year olds until some credible expert can show that giving it to them made some difference in the bottom line. Whatever that means. If it's the result and not the act of voting that matters, what difference does a little fraud make, so long as it doesn't affect the final result? While we're at it, let's throw out the concept of attempted murder. No harm, no foul.

Oh, wait, that's not what he means. He continues, "Election fraud, whenever committed, by whomever and for whatever purpose, is a threat to our political system. If we the people lose confidence in the integrity of our elections, we lose pretty mych everything." Sounds good. We're all on the same page here, right? Me, Pitts, Kerry? Mmmmm...not so much. Pitt's adds, "if I were convinced that was what moved Kerry to speak out, I'd happily support him. But it seems clear to me after two months of conspiracy theories that what motivates Kerry and many other Democrats isn't concern over election irregularities in general, but concern over election irregularities that may have benefited the other party." To say this, Pitts has to be ignorant of, ignore, or hope his readers are ignorant of the attempts by Democrats before the election to battle efforts by Republicans and Ohio election officials to limit participation in the election. Things such as individual voter challenges, refusal to accept voter registrations that were not submitted on the correct grade of paper, and insufficient voting machines in heavily Democratic precincts. Oh, sorry. Democrats again. The losers. Probably anticipating losing and, being the wild-eyed conspiracy theorists they are, they did all those preemptive challenges just to make it look like they had an interest in fairness and allowing and counting every vote. Very sneaky, they are.

Pitts apparently lives in an electoral paradise the rest of us can only dream about, where elections are held on the up-and-up and if somehow something goes amiss, the winning party immediately brings the proceedings to a halt and says, "this is wrong; let's go back and do this again, but fairly this time." Oh, that's right, Pitts does live in such a land. He lives in Florida.
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