Thursday, June 09, 2005

Gregoire Defeats Gang At Hypocrites R' Us

Whether we are talking about the Florida debacle in 2000 or the questionable Ohio vote in 2004, Republicans are always quick to urge Democrats to "move on," "get over it" or otherwise quit making so much of a fuss when they're stealing another election.

But the gang at Hypocrites R' Us, The Republican Superstore, have been amazingly unwilling to do that in Washington State. They've been dragging Governor Christine Gregoire through six months of nonsense as they nitpick every one of the "illegally-cast ballots" that they claim gave the close election to the Democrat.

One hopes the Republicans' inability to "get over it" became irrelevant earlier this week when Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges found that GOP candidate Dino Rossi would not have won even if those ballots had been disregarded, essentially
declaring Gregoire the victor.

''Unless an election is clearly invalid, when the people have spoken their verdict should not be disturbed by the courts,'' Bridges said. Nullifying the election, he said, would be ''the ultimate act of judicial egotism and judicial activism.''

Republicans had hoped that the judge would declare Rossi the winner – man, they must have really thought the fix was in – or clear the way for a new election later this year.
The judge further ruled that the GOP failed to make the case for any deliberate, widespread fraud and that even under their own argument for fraud Gregoire still won the election.

So we have another Democratic Governor and, even better, it looks like we've finally won a close election and that Republican attempts to steal it have not succeeded.

Gregoire was understandably relieved: β€œIt means that we can put this election behind us and, instead, focus all of our attention and our energies on improving our schools, tackling the health-care crisis, growing the economy and making sure government is accountable," she said.

Improving schools! Tackling health-care and growing the economy! No wonder the Republicans fought tooth and nail to keep her out of office.