Monday, June 06, 2005

To the Victor Goes the Legal Challenge

The Republicans have to be furious again. Those judges just aren't activist enough! Reuters reports the good news:

A Washington state judge upheld on Monday Democrat Christine Gregoire's election as governor, tossing out a Republican challenge that claimed she won by the narrowest margin in state history because of improper ballot counting.

Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges said Republican Dino Rossi's supporters failed to show that Gregoire unfairly benefited from the counting of nearly 1,700 votes, including some from felons whose votes were not valid.

"The burden of proof is not met," said Bridges, who dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

Speaking of dismissing things with prejudice, will we ever dismiss all the Republicans claims about how the Dems are obstructionist? Let's just run through some highlights of the recent ways the Republicans kept Democrats from doing their elected jobs:

1) The Gingrich who shut down the federal government.
2) The endless farce of the Clinton impeachment. (Bill lied about what bush he was schtupping, but Bush lies about every bill and we get schtupped.)
3) The sabotage of Paul Wellstone's plane. (ok ok, just checking to see if you're really reading)
4) The recall of Gray Davis a mere year after he convincingly won re-election, and the coronation of the Governator in the special recall election that made it easier for him to get in office.
5) These shenannigans in Washington at last put to rest (until Rossi appeals again, of course).

Even locally in Santa Barbara County they pulled the same recall trick on a county supervisor the rightwingers didn't like, and although they couldn't beat her then, it set the tone for some particularly pissy politics after that.

You do know that if somehow the Supreme Court ruled for Gore in 2000, that the Bush crew would have kept fighting. Never would Bush have uttered Gore's words in his televised concession: "Almost a century and a half ago, Senator Stephen Douglas told Abraham Lincoln, who had just defeated him for the presidency: 'Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism.' Well, in that same spirit, I say to President-elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country."

Too bad we didn't get a split-screen of the look on Bush's face at that moment, as Rove sat next to him and most likely said, "George, we're going to make patriotism partisan."


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