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Reflections on the 2004 Election

A Southerner Looks at the Election - I understand that John Kerry's forces have given up on the South and are taking their pathetic campaign to the West in search of votes. This maneuver is not surprising, since the liberal philosophy of Kennedy, the Clintons, and Kerry has grown increasingly unpopular down this way. The Democrat Party, which forty years ago ruled the ''Solid South,'' has become a shell of it former self, a fragile vessel now filled with empty promises, transparent lies, and hatred for the values we Southerners cherish.

If the strategists of the left wonder why such a reversal of fortune has taken place, they need only examine the principles shared by a great majority of Alabamians and other Sons and Daughters of the South. more>

AFTER THE ELECTION: I tried to tell you . . . Democrats repel voters, who put faith in freedom by Zell Miller America's faith in freedom has been reaffirmed. With the re-election of President Bush, America recommitted itself once again to expanding freedom and promoting liberty. Only the 1864 re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the 1944 re-election of Franklin Roosevelt and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan rival this victory as milestones in the preservation of our security by the advancement of freedom.

This election validated not just freedom, but also the faith our Founding Fathers placed in average folks to navigate the course of this great nation. By weighing the greatest issues at the gravest times and choosing our path, ordinary people have again accomplished extraordinary things. With courage and caution, rather than fear and timidity, the voters chose a path to ensure others would enjoy the same freedom to set their own path.

This election outcome should have been implausible, if not impossible. With a litany of complaints --- bad economy, bad deficit, bad foreign war, bad gas prices --- amplified by a national media that discarded any pretense of neutrality, a national opposition party should have won this election.

But the Democratic Party is no longer a national party. As difficult as the challenges are --- both real and fabricated --- Democrats offered no solution that was either believable or acceptable to vast regions of America. more>

Christian voters triumph over Hollywood left by Jerry Falwell - Tuesday's re-election of President George W. Bush and the election of a number of new conservative lawmakers across the nation astonished liberal newsmen, pundits and handlers who, hours earlier, had believed allegedly rigged exit polls and were confidently whispering that a new mandate was going to sweep the nation.

So what happened? After more than 25 years since I formed the Moral Majority and began mobilizing evangelicals to participate in the political process, I actually realized the fruit of my labors nationwide as Macel and I watched the election returns into the early hours of Wednesday. I could not hold back the tears of joy. Hour by hour, we observed a "slam dunk" as the Church of Jesus Christ made the difference in initiating the return of this nation to moral sanity and the Judeo-Christian ethic. more>

Credit the Swiftboat vets - President Bush may be celebrating victory today, but he owes it to a group he never acknowledged during the campaign. I'm talking about the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth. They are responsible for keeping Bush in the White House – or, more precisely, keeping John Kerry from snatching it from him. more>

Debatable Debate Impressions, Part 1 - Kerry never falls down, and when he does, he never wavers by Bob Redman
Debatable Debate Impressions II - Edwards – More than a Pretty Face?
Debatable Debate Impressions III - Clinton felt our pain, and Kerry respects us enormously
Debatable Debate Impressions IV - More rumblings from Kerry's gut

Democrats Have Bad Case of the Blues - After losing back-to-back presidential elections, Democratic leaders are trying to figure out how to make the party more relevant to mainstream Americans and keep it from slipping into perpetual minority-party status. more>

ELECTION DAY 2004 - Electoral vote totals - See up-to-the-minute running tally state by state - This is latest tally of electoral votes for each presidential candidate. Next to each state is the total number of electoral votes controlled by that state and the name of the candidate who won that state – as that information becomes available.

Totals for both President Bush and Sen. Kerry are included at the top of the list. The winning candidate must receive at least 270 electoral votes. more>

Florida Northwest - Will Democrats steal the Washington governorship? The country dodged a repeat of the 2000 Florida election debacle this year because George W. Bush's margin in the decisive state of Ohio was 136,000 votes. But the one out of 50 Americans who live in Washington state are living through a Florida-style nightmare, with Republican Dino Rossi clinging to a 42-vote lead over Democrat Christine Gregoire in the governor's race after a machine recount of 2.8 million ballots. In the latest example of why this country needs to clean up and clarify its sloppy election systems, Douglas firs substitute for palm trees as the backdrop.

In Seattle's King County alone the vote counting so far has featured such anomalies as 10,000 ballots being mysteriously discovered nearly two weeks after Election Day, election officials "enhancing" hundreds of unreadable optical-scan ballots, and a judge allowing political partisans to selectively track down voters who cast questionable provisional ballots to see if they could turn them into valid votes. Ms. Gregoire gained several hundred votes through such maneuvers, so she has now declared her intention to pay for a hand recount of some of the state's precincts to see if she can take the lead. If a selective recount changes the overall winner, the state would pay for a laborious hand recount of all the votes The process could drag on past Christmas and might eventually have to be settled by the state Supreme Court. Gov. Gary Locke is scheduled to leave office on Jan. 12, but wags are already joking he shouldn't be pack his bags too soon. more>

'He's Got Two of 'Em' - Why I can't stop being happy about the election result - The president won re-election by a relatively healthy margin because the American people judged him to be the better man. He seemed to have the better character of the two candidates. He'd tell you what he was going to do, and why, and then he'd do it. He'd been doing that for four years. He did it in the campaign, too. He was dependable, and he was predictable. It's nice to have a predictable president. It's not nice in the nuclear age to have a surprising one.

I think Mr. Bush, the better man in terms of character, was also the more normal man. And we like normal. He loves sports and business and politics, and speaks their language. Normal. His wife is important to him, and his kids seem a bit of a mystery to him, and perhaps even to some degree intimidating. Normal. He thinks if bad guys attack New York City and the Pentagon, we go after them and kill them--normal. He thinks marriage is between a man and a woman--normal. He thinks if Baptist preachers in a suburb of Louisville have an after-school plan that has an excellent record of turning kids from juvenile delinquency to thinking about college, those Baptist preachers should be helped and encouraged every way we can, and it has nothing to do with "church and state." Normal. He thinks if there's an old plaque bearing the Ten Commandments on the wall of the courthouse you should leave it alone--it can't hurt, and it might help. Normal.

About a year ago I was visiting West Point, and I was talking to a big officer, a general or colonel. But he had the medals and ribbons and the stature, and he asked me what I thought of President Bush. I tried to explain what most impressed me about Mr. Bush, and I kept falling back on words like "courage" and "guts." I wasn't capturing the special quality Mr. Bush has of making a tough decision and then staying with it if he thinks it's right and paying the price even when the price is high and--

I stopped speaking for a moment. There was silence. And then the general said, "You mean he's got two of 'em." And I laughed and said yes, that's exactly what I mean. And the same could be said of Reagan. more>

Hollywood brought Kerry down - Conventional wisdom has it that the "morality voters" who rose to such prominence in this election voted for President Bush because of their opposition to gay marriage. But that is a complete misreading of why the morality voters dumped John Kerry.

In reality, the No. 1 moral issue for most Americans is not gay marriage, but the foul and sleazy culture which is destroying their children's innocence. And it was John Kerry's alignment with Hollywood and its celebrities – who came out in full force for his elevation – that ultimately did him in. more>

I Saw America Yesterday by Jerry Roberts - Yesterday, in our small community of Fairhope, Alabama (population: about 12,000), several thousand people stood on downtown streets in a steady rain awaiting the return of the 1165 Military Police company from Iraq. The unit, just back from serving sixteen months in the Iraqi War, left Fort Benning, Georgia in buses and were due in Fairhope for a parade, scheduled to start at 10:30 AM.

I was struck by the contrast between these loyal, courageous, dedicated men, and women who are serving our country and the gaggle of Democrat politicians who in the audience and on the stage at the Radio City Music Hall fundraising gala. The Johns--Kerry and Edwards--watched and laughed as the filthy-mouthed Hollywood crowd heaped their vile insults and verbal garbage on the president and undermined the efforts and sacrifices of these brave men and women in uniform. John Kerry had the nerve to call the Dem's pathetic display, ''the heart and soul of America.'' Then we hear that Bill Clinton is in France to promote his book, ''My Lie,'' and showing his disdain for a time of war.

Kerry Lawyer Seeks Ohio Ballot Inspection - Democrat John Kerry is asking county elections officials to allow his witnesses to inspect the 92,000 ballots cast in Ohio in which no vote for president was recorded, a Kerry lawyer said Sunday night. more>

Lessons From Election 2004 - By now, the final votes have been cast, and one of the most bizarre election periods in our nation’s history is mercifully drawing to a close. Regardless of who wins, conceivably the most critical issue that has surfaced during this cycle might be the fact that the press in our country has gotten way out of control, and is wielding significantly too much power in molding public opinion about our candidates, the economy, and geopolitical events.

Let’s examine some of the most egregious incidents of media bias and manipulation during the last four years to get a sense as to just how serious the problem might be, as well as what can be done to prevent this from recurring in the future. more>

Patriots 51…Socialists 48 - ''We the People'' made history on November 2, 2004 in so many ways. We turned out in record numbers to decide the future of our nation. By doing so, we took control of our country at a time when many believed control had been lost to the politicians, the corporations, or the special interest groups. We proved who runs this country, and the lessons are clear. more>

Reasons for Conservatives to Give Thanks - Thanksgiving is the time of the year when families and friends traditionally gather together for fellowship and food. Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, candy yams, and all the delicious pies--consuming these dishes is the centerpiece of the day. We will sit around and eat until we can’t eat any more. One nice rarity about this holiday is the fact that corporations haven’t commercialized it … yet. more>

Republican thanksgiving - In this time of traditional thanksgiving for the families, friendships, freedoms and bounties we enjoy, it's only appropriate that we Republicans - in the spirit of appreciation, graciousness, charity and comity - give thanks to those whose contributions were instrumental in securing control of both houses of Congress, a majority of governorships, a plurality of state legislatures, a clear majority of the popular vote (for the first time in 16 years) and, of course, the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Thank you, Terry McAullife. You will no doubt be remembered as the worst-ever chairman of the Democratic National Committee. No one could be that bad accidentally. It makes one wonder whether you intentionally tanked Kerry to set up Hillary's run in 2008. more>

So Much to Savor - A big win for America, and a loss for the mainstream media - Let us get our heads around the size and scope of what happened Tuesday. George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, became the first incumbent president to increase his majority in both the Senate and the House and to increase his own vote (by over 3.5 million) since Franklin D. Roosevelt, political genius of the 20th century, in 1936. This is huge.

George W. Bush is the first president to win more than 50% of the popular vote since 1988. (Bill Clinton failed to twice; Mr. Bush failed to last time and fell short of a plurality by half a million.) The president received more than 59 million votes, breaking Ronald Reagan's old record of 54.5 million. Mr. Bush increased his personal percentages in almost every state in the union. He carried the Catholic vote and won 42% of the Hispanic vote and 24% of the Jewish vote (up from 19% in 2000.)

It will be hard for the mainstream media to continue, in the face of these facts, the mantra that we are a deeply and completely divided country. But they'll try! more>

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Text of Zell Miller's speech - 'I have knocked on the door of this man's soul ... '

The loss that keeps on giving! As we wait for CBS to concede the election, Democrats are claiming Kerry lost because Americans are stupid – and if there's one thing voters respond to, it's crude insults.

This is not only the first step of a brilliant strategy to win the red states back, but also inconsistent with the Democrats' theory that Bush was an illegitimate president for the last four years because Democratic voters in Florida were too dumb to follow an arrow to the circle by Al Gore's name. How stupid were the alleged Gore-supporters who couldn't figure out how to cast a vote in the 2000 election? more>

The Military's Right to Say ''NO!'' by Don Bendell - I am proud to say that I am a Vietnam veteran and finally have some degree of closure. It occurred on November 2, 2004. Like my fellow warriors, earlier this year, I was unexpectedly yanked from that deep dry well of dank dark collective shame, and thrust into the bright sunlight of political overview.

Called to fight the great fight once again, we fought and indeed won, and we are now healed and strong. And so, we issue a warning to our old antagonists: Biased media outlets and liberal political strategists looking ahead already, please understand this: We Viet Nam veterans insured that President George W. Bush got re-elected, and now we will also insure that you will stop politicizing the War on Terrorism. You will not traumatize, bastardize, trivialize, or disparage a new generation of honored, fighting men and women in harm’s way like you did to so many of us, so long ago, and for so many years following. You may attack them with your obvious flanking and rear assault maneuvers, but you will not win. You have to go through all of us first. Get used to that idea. more>

The Most Vitriolic Campaign in History? - From the liberal left, it was the most vitriolic, vicious, and nasty campaign in history. Political opposition to President Bush evolved quickly into outright personal hatred. The liberal left went into a bizarre frenzy of multiple attacks, from to ''Fahrenheit 9/11.''

Hating Bush spread like a disease across the United States. The extreme left had worked itself into a lather of bitterness and the residue slipped onto average liberals. The hate mongers and liars were embraced and celebrated as the true champions of ''the cause.'' They were generously funded by the rich loons, who in their fantasies envisioned a utopian world where their thoughts and ideas would be accepted as having merit and worth. They had discovered that their wealth could buy the best room in a hotel, the finest table at any four star restaurant, and the best seat in first class. It gave fame and notoriety, but it did not offer them respect or deference by the leader of the free world. These financially over-endowed egomaniacs with their lunatic political theories, which our history proved failures, were turned away at the door of the White House, as was General ''Ego'' Clark.

The Ohio Recount Outrage - There once was a time when the Rev. Jesse Jackson intervened in instances of genuine injustice. At that time there was racial discrimination on a variety of fronts. I have never been a fan but I have to concede that he once did some good. That was then and this is now. Today Jackson seems to be continually in search of a cause, and seldom finds one that requires his presence.

Jackson is in Ohio, where liberals have raised enough money to fund a recount in the Presidential race. It was Ohio which put President Bush over the top in the Electoral College. That the President carried the state by approximately 117,000 votes is something that the far left cannot accept. Therefore, they are now inventing all sorts of problems which supposedly occurred during the 2004 elections. more>

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Vitriol Pours Forth as Beaten Liberals Threaten to Leave the Country - This dominant sentiment of the Democratic Party elite--that scores of millions of Americans are categorically unacceptable as fellow countrymen--is evidence of a cancer in the soul of that party. These Democrats, quite expressly, are asserting that ''christers,'' people who believe in the teachings of Jesus as described in the inerrant words of the Bible, are un-American, almost subhuman. Some of these Democrats would rather secede than stay in the same country with such people. If they were in the majority with no need to secede, what would they do? Their bigoted and absolutist view of religious people is at least a second cousin to the Nazi view of the Jews. more>

Why Calling Conservatives ''Nazis'' Is Such an Inane and Incongruous Remark - Once again, we're being ''treated'' to the same tired old cries of liberal outrage. How dare the stupid people of America not whole-heartedly embrace liberal ideas and policies? Why, they must all be mind-controlled. They must all be... Nazis!

The latest in a long string of Hollywood half-wits to invoke the Nazi meme is Linda Ronstadt, who said of the election, ''Now we've got a new bunch of Hitlers.'' Such diverse personalities as David Hoffman (the legal editor of Pravda), Senator (and former Kleagle in the KKK) Bobby ''Sheets'' Byrd (D-WVa), novelist/priest Andrew Greeley, former Vice-President Al Gore, and multi-billionaire anti-American George Soros (founder of and other left-wing groups) have all torpedoed their own arguments by invoking Nazi comparisons, as have numerous other politicians, artists, pundits, and garden-variety liberals.

''Nazi'' is a sort of pet insult many liberals use to taunt conservatives without understanding what it really means, the same way a three-year-old will endlessly repeat any four-letter words someone might happen to drop in front of him or her. The more you say, ''Don't say that; it's a bad word'' the more likely you are to hear it.

You Don't Have to Be a Stupid, Redneck, Right Wing Evangelist to... by Terry Sater
To the far left secularists and sore losers, in general:

You don't have to be a stupid, redneck, right wing evangelist to vote for Bush, or against John Kerry. I am tired of hearing that everyone in the red states are simple-minded Bible-thumpers who decide what they should have for breakfast based upon what God told them. Democrats had a platform and candidate that was unacceptable to more than half of the electorate. Period.

You don't have to be a stupid, redneck, right wing evangelist to be against gay marriage. I know I am poking a stick into a hornet's nest and raising the hackles of the enlightened left, but hear me out. I don't hate gays. I want them to be happy. I don't want them to be tied to fences. I don't want them to be harassed or discriminated against. They should have the right to hospital visits, insurance, and other legal and medical benefits. Our society has changed a great deal over the last few decades. I remember when the message was one of simple tolerance. Normal people of every religious affiliation, race, and sexual orientation abhorred the mindless violence and mean spirited harassment against gays. It seems that the pendulum has swung so far the other way that heterosexuals are now asking for tolerance. The gay culture has come out of the closet and is now an ''in your face'' presence. It is an essential element of prime-time television and has a hip cache to many of the young and the liberal media. They have ''gay pride'' parades and even a ''gay day'' at Disney World. The Boy Scouts of America have been under attack for not including the gay culture in its organization. The gay movement has gone from a defensive posture to taking the offense. I am fine with some sort of civil union for gays. I am against gay marriage. I disagree with the adoption of children by gay couples. Homosexuality occurs in nature. Offspring of homosexual unions do not occur in nature. It is not fair to put children into a situation that pretends to be a perfectly natural situation, when it is not. more>

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The Sound of Stealing - The late Chicago columnist Mike Royko often told a story about election night 1960 in Illinois, and the Presidential contest between then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. As Kennedy’s lead over Nixon in Illinois kept falling through the night, Robert (Bobby) Kennedy, the Senator’s campaign manager, nervously kept calling then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the father of the current Mayor Daley, to get an update on the race. Daley kept assuring Bobby that there was nothing to worry about. Illinois would come through in the end for his brother. Kennedy continued to remain one state short of victory in the Electoral College as night turned into day at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. Bobby’s growing nervousness finally caused him to blow up at Daley and demand an explanation as to why the Mayor could be so sure of eventual victory in the state. Daley told Bobby that he was “holding out” some precincts in the city, to which Bobby replied: “How do you know they will be enough?” Daley replied: “I assure you they will be enough”.

Unfortunately, the events unfolding in Washington State the past few weeks in the very tightly contested race for Governor, suggest the Daley approach to politics is still being practiced. When your candidate (in this case, the Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire) appears to be coming up short, the Party works to find some “missing” votes. When they are still short at the end of the count, they have a recount, and find some more that need to be counted. When that still fails to put their candidate over the top, they demand and pay for a statewide hand recount, and “find” some more. The process, as in Florida in the 2000 Presidential race, is to keep counting and finding votes until your candidate eventually takes the lead. Then you stop counting. In Washington State in 2004, Democrats in King County are behaving like Chicago Democrats in 1960, and Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County Democrats in 2000. more>

The Truth about King County's Magic Ballots - "It's unfortunate that it occurred," King County Elections Director Dean Logan said of the mistake. "I guess one solace is that we're able to correct it in time for those votes to be counted in this historically close race.

"As much as I regret the error, I will feel much better knowing those votes will be counted now rather than finding out a month from now the error had been made."
-Seattle Times, Dec. 13, 2004

Now we know the truth about the 573 questionable ballots in King County.

In past elections the County knew certain citizens were registered to vote without a signature on file and they still counted those ballots, which is illegal. According to details found in a King County staff report prepared by Bill Huennekens, a chronological history of the ballots follows the discovery of the error up to our current situation. more>

A ‘No Vote’ Ballot Counted As A Gregoire Vote - Reader Brian Thomas forwarded us a copy of a very detailed letter describing his experience as a recount worker.

Re: A ‘No Vote’ Ballot Counted As A Gregoire Vote

On Monday, December 20, 2004, in a second count of a box of absentee ballots I found, in the middle of ballots with Christine Gregoire votes, a ballot on which the bubble next to Christine Gregoire had been filled in and ‘X’ed out twice. ‘X’ing out a bubble being the correct procedure for canceling a vote on an absentee ballot. Next to the ‘X’ed out bubble was printed the words “no vote” with an arrow pointing to the name Christine Gregoire. I showed the ballot to the recorder and the Democrat counter and held it so that it could be seen by the observer sitting next to me. I handed the ballot to the recorder to be sent to the canvas board. When filling out the tally slips the ballot was again viewed and noted by the Democrat counter and myself as a canvas ballot and by the recorder on the recorder’s tally slip as a canvas ballot. The ballot was handed to the runner as a canvas ballot with the box of counted ballots

“How and why did the ballot end up in the previously counted Gregoire ballots?

Our count was the second count of that precinct as there was a previous tally slip in the sealed box when it was opened. I was at least the third person to have viewed that ballot as it would had been viewed by the two counters during the previous count. Yet a ballot clearly marked as to not be a vote for Christine Gregoire was in with the ballots with Gregoire votes and not separated out in a way that would denote that it had been counted as anything other than a Gregoire vote. more>

The Bitter-Enders - Democrats in the state of Washington will decide today whether to finance a recount in the protracted race to choose the next governor. If candidate Christine Gregoire and state party leaders decide to go forward, current election law affords them the options of paying either for a statewide recount or for recounts of select counties.

The select recount option would smell an awful lot like a certain candidate's attempt to shake more dangling chads out of Democrat-leaning counties in the Hurricane State in the last presidential go-round, and Republicans are crying foul. John Fund wrote an article for this week which charged that Democrats are trying to steal the election. "Theft" might be a bit strong but the Democrats' approach does seem to be, Keep counting until we win. more>

Gregoire wants full recount — or none - Democrat Christine Gregoire says she will concede the governor's race to Dino Rossi today unless her party raises enough money for a statewide recount. "I'm done with the shock of Nov. 2 and I have moved on, and I am ready to do what the law provides" and have a final statewide manual recount, Gregoire said yesterday. more>

GOP May Challenge Wash. Governor Recount - The exhausting, exasperating, excruciatingly close Washington governor's race might be the worst thing to happen to democracy since Florida's pregnant chads. Or, it might be no big deal.
The votes are in (for now) after being counted three times since Election Day. The courts have spoken (for now). Democrat Christine Gregoire won the final recount by a mere 130 votes out of 2.9 million cast, after losing the first two counts to Republican Dino Rossi by as little as 42.

Washington Orders 3rd Count in Race for Governor - The secretary of state ordered an unprecedented statewide hand recount Monday in the closest gubernatorial race in state history.

Washington's GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Seeks Revote - Edged out of the closest governor's race in state history, Republican Dino Rossi urged his opponent to accept a revote, saying the uncertainty surrounding the back-and-forth election was bad for the state. Democrat Christine Gregoire's camp immediately rejected the idea as ``irresponsible.'' more>

The action by Secretary of State Sam Reed was a mere formality: Under Washington law, anyone can get a recount by paying for it. The Democratic Party is putting up more than $700,000 to fund the recount. more>

Democrat Declared Wash. Governor-Elect - After three vote tallies and 58 days of waiting, Democrat Christine Gregoire was declared Washington's governor-elect on Thursday. But her Republican rival did not concede and wants a new election. more>

Total Meltdown in King County Voter List - It was last reported that there were 3,539 more ballots counted in King County than voters who cast them. The discrepancy is actually much larger.

The 3,539 is only the net. This comes from having roughly 1,500 more voters than counted ballots in some precincts, and about 5,000 more ballots than known voters in other precincts.

[This picks up where I left off in the post below about Precinct 3301. I can find only 41 precinct changes among counted voters in the Dec. 29 file since the Nov. 1 file and these appear to be provisional voters who corrected their precincts at the polls. Conclusion: in certain precincts there are about 1,500 more known voters who cast ballots that were accepted than there are ballots that were counted in the manual recount]. more>

FLASH: King County Numbers Don't Add Up - The voter file, which I obtained earlier today, contains the names of only 895,660 voters recorded as voting on Nov. 2, a significant discrepancy from its hand recount certified total of 899,199.

The Elections Office informed me that they're still doing "quality control" and adding in the names of some of the absentee voters. Even that wouldn't explain the entire discrepancy, as there appear to be discrepancies with the polling place and provisional vote counts as well. I've asked the Elections Office for further clarification and will convey their explanation as soon as I recieve one. more>

Bombshell: More signs of fraud in Precinct 1823 - Seattle's Precinct 1823 counted 343 ballots, which is 71 more ballots than the 272 voters who cast them. This is the single largest discrepancy between ballots and voters in all of King County. Nearly all of the discrepancy is due to "provisional ballots".

I earlier reported on the notorious Precinct 1823, where hundreds of voters are registered with a residence address of 500 4th Ave, the King County Administration Building, Some of these are homeless individuals, who are entitled by statute to register at government buildings. But other "residents" of the county office building are listed on the property tax rolls as owning homes elsewhere in King County, and therefore illegally registered. Dozens of other "residents" of 500 4th Ave voted absentee from overseas mailing addresses. Hundreds of other Precinct 1823 voters give as "permanent addresses" temporary homeless shelters. This is all questionable enough and an obvious potential source of vote fraud. But it gets worse. more>

Liberals hope Gregoire will repay support - If Christine Gregoire can hold off a potential Republican legal challenge and take her oath as governor Jan. 12, liberal Democrats will be awaiting her thanks and expecting even more.

The unprecedented statewide hand recount of the governor's race was paid for in part by donations from the left wing of the Democratic Party, attracted to Gregoire only in near-defeat. They saw her drawn-out struggle with Republican Dino Rossi as a surrogate for the battles they had hoped to wage on behalf of first Al Gore, then John Kerry, in their close races with George W. Bush. more>

Jane Harman as top spook? Is Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., really under consideration by the White House as the first director of national intelligence?

And who is Jane Harman?
She votes with the American Civil Liberties Union 73 percent of the time.
She is in favor of federal funding and stricter sentencing for so-called "hate crimes," which are actually "thought crimes."
She opposes military patrols on our borders to battle drugs and terrorism.
She votes 100 percent with the National Education Association, an extremist teacher labor lobby.
She opposes the administration's energy policies, including drilling in Alaska's preserves and has a 100 percent voting record according to the League of Conservation Voters.
She votes with the Christian Coalition on family issues just 16 percent of the time.
She supports the United Nations and opposed withholding back payments.
She supported the campaign finance "reform" measures that represent wholesale attacks on the First Amendment.
She opposed legislation prohibiting gun manufacturers and sellers from being sued over misuse of firearms.
She opposes reporting of illegal aliens who received hospital treatment in the United States.
She approved extending immigrant residency rules.
She votes with the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent of the time.
She opposed making the Bush tax credits permanent.
She was rated 25 percent for her votes by the National Taxpayers Union.
She is rated 100 percent by the National Abortion Rights Action League.
She opposed banning human cloning.
She opposed making it a crime to harm a fetus in the commission of other crimes.
She opposed funding for health providers who refuse to perform abortions.
She opposed banning partial-birth abortions.

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Opening the 2008 Campaign - [Dr. Ernie] Fletcher for President - Newsflash: The election was about power. Two gangs of politicians and their supporters fought again over control of appointments to the Supreme Court. The one was mainly dependent on anti-abortion constituents, the other mainly on pro-abortion constituents. The pro-lifers won.

Even though our gang took this round handily, it's time for us to really roll up our sleeves. The members of the democrat gang being addicted to untrammeled power (the most powerful of drugs), they aren't about to give up, no matter how powerful the repudiation they have received at the polls. more>

The Clinton Gang - Charts of 13 senators up for reelection in 2006 who voted to acquit Clinton; senators to be called to account in the 2008 and 2010 elections. more>

US Senate - Class II - Senators Whose Terms of Service Expire in 2009 - more>

US Senate - Up For Reelection in 2006 - more>

US Government Telephone & Email Directories

Who's Running for President in 2008? Arnold, Ernie, Hillary, Condi, John, Rudy?

Giuliani, Hillary Clinton Floridians' favorites for 2008 race - Gov. Jeb Bush gets a solid favorable rating from Florida voters for the way he handles his present job, but not that many say he would be their first choice if he ran for president four years from now, a poll released Tuesday shows.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was the favorite among Republicans questioned about the 2008 presidential race while U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York ran well ahead of other Democratic possibilities in a random telephone survey conducted between Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. more>

How Successful Was Governor Schwarzenegger's First Year in Office? With any politician, there's always a gap between his or her carefully cultivated pubic image and reality--and separingthe two is often difficult.

With Arnold Schwarzenegger, it verges on the impossible because to Schwarzenegger, who triumphed in bodybuilding and motion pictures before turning to politics, image and reality are intertwined. more>

Mitt Romney for president? - A Republican can be elected governor of the bluest state. Indeed, Republicans have held the statehouse here since Michael Dukakis' last year, 1990. Mitt Romney is the inexplicably happy holder of it now. What kind of person is preternaturally cheerful while governing with a Legislature in which 34 of 40 senators and 139 of 160 House members are Democrats? more>

Opening the 2008 Campaign: Gov. Fletcher for President by Bob Redman - Newsflash: The election was about power. Two gangs of politicians and their supporters fought again over control of appointments to the Supreme Court. The one gang was mainly dependent on anti-abortion constituents, the other mainly on pro-abortion constituents.

Even though our pro-life gang won this round handily, it's time for us to really roll up our sleeves. The members of the Democrat gang being what they are, i.e. addicted to that most powerful of drugs--untrammeled power--they aren't about to give up, no matter how powerful the repudiation they have received at the polls. At least not yet.

During the next few years, in the attempt to hold on to their pro-abortion constituents, the Democrats will fight a no-holds-barred, tooth-and-nail rear-guard action, contesting every stream and tree stump, in order to get a ''moderate'' judge on the Supreme Court, for each conservative appointed. more>

McCain's High Profile Stirs Talk of Presidential Run - Sen. John McCain, the straight-talking Republican who often challenges the GOP establishment, has taken on a headline-grabbing issue — steroids in baseball — and generated talk of a presidential bid in 2008. more>

McCain's Steroids Push Puts Him in '08 Mix - Sen. John McCain, the straight-talking Republican who often challenges the GOP establishment, has taken on a headline-grabbing issue — steroids in baseball — and generated talk of a presidential bid in 2008. more>

Schwarzenegger Fund Raising for 2006? - According to the San Jose Mercury News, Schwarzenegger will be in Dallas next Tuesday to accept an award for public service from former President George H.W. Bush.

While he's at it he'll show up at a small breakfast Wednesday morning where he is expected to pocket $150,000 for his 2006 re-election campaign kitty.

This despite his repeated insistence that he won't make up his mind about running until sometime next spring. more>

US Senate - Class II - Senators Whose Terms of Service Expire in 2009 - more>

US Senate - Up For Reelection in 2006 - more>

Watching the Signs - The race for 2008 is already underway on the Republican side, you just have to know what to look for - NOT SINCE 1952 has a presidential election lacked a sitting president or vice president as a contestant, and Ike was about as close as one could get to non-official incumbent. Before that, it was the 1928 race, and there, too, Herbert Hoover was, like Ike, a figure of towering popularity. In other words, there has never not been a front-runner in at least one party in the modern scrambles for the presidency. Here is a bit of evidence that the race for 2008 also has a leader, one along the lines of Eisenhower and the Great Engineer. more>

Whom Will the Democrats Run in 2008? - It hasn’t been three weeks since the election and already there have been two names mentioned often in the mainstream press as potential nominees for the Democrats in 2008. The first is Senator Clinton and the second is Senator Kerry. more>

 Condoleezza Rice

Doh Make Massah Mad: The Left's Racist Treatment of Condoleezza Rice - When a black conservative is nominated for any kind of prominent position, the liberal response is that he or she is not the ''right kind of black.'' In other words, that nominee has escaped the plantation and isn't their kind of nigger. In order to place the nominee within that category, people like Gloria Allred call the person an ''Uncle Tom type.''

With that, the nomination of Dr. Condoleezza Rice by President Bush for the position of secretary of state has elicited the usual response of racist caricatures. more>

Streisand rips Condi Rice - Barbra says blind loyalty to president preventing sound judgment for nation - Singer Barbra Streisand is being vocal to say the least when it comes to President Bush's selection of Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as U.S. secretary of state. more>

The Left and Black Authenticity - Via Rush's radio show, they're at it again. Several liberal political cartoonists have produced drawings of Condoleezza Rice that can only be characterized as racist, patronizing, and grotesque. I took Rush's lead and found several more, all of which back up his, and many others', point that liberals frequently violate the most elementary rules of decency and fairness in punishing blacks who get too uppity for their ostensibly refined taste. The cartoons aren't merely parodies: they present a prominent African American in a way reminiscent of the racist cartoons of pre-WWII America. Needless to say, President Bush, the man who just bested them (with the help of Red State morons, of course), is portrayed as an idiot. more>

Why It's Rice in 2008 - Before you ask, I will answer: No, it is not too early to talk about 2008, even though President Bush has yet to be sworn into office for a second term and even though the person who will be our next president has not even been confirmed for her secretary of state post yet. Besides, I want to be on record early so if I am wrong, no one will have remembered my prediction by 2008, and if I am right, it will prove how wise I am.

But before I get to Dr. Rice, I’ll have to say why the Mainstream Media's Republican darlings will not come out on top. First, the party faithful will not rally around a pro-choice candidate, end of story. Sorry Rudy. Second, John McCain’s popularity relies on moderate Republicans, moderate Democrats, and the liberal press. As a general rule, never trust a Republican who is ''respected'' and is niftily nicknamed and admired (Oh, it’s Maverick!) by the New York Times. more>

 Hillary Rodham [Clinton]

Both Clintons misused Arkansas state police - Bill had cops keep score on Jane Does; Hillary had them chauffeur her to resort - Bill Clinton's misuse of Arkansas state police assigned to his security detail when he was governor didn't stop at procuring mistresses, WorldNetDaily has learned. He also allegedly had them keep track of his extramarital scoring.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, allegedly enlisted the troopers to chauffeur her to secret meetings with the late Vincent Foster, her law partner at the time, at a resort hotel about 50 miles north of Little Rock, Ark., sources say. more>

Clinton to run for a 2nd Senate term - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to run for a second term in the Senate in 2006, despite arguments by some Democrats that such a move could complicate her potential bid for the presidency in 2008, her advisers said.

Generic GOP candidate beats Hillary - Poll finds 46% of voters would choose Republican over N.Y. senator - A new poll finds if the next presidential election were held today, 46 percent of voters would choose a generic Republican candidate over front-running Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton, who would get just 39 percent of the vote.

The survey, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, has the New York senator holding a narrow lead among women, 45 to 42 percent, while trailing by 17 points among men. more>

Hillary Clinton on the Issues - Hillary's positions on abortion, international, domestic, economic & social issues

Hillary Clinton's Numbers Are NOT Surprising - Let us get this straight: NewsMax reports that Hillary Clinton has recently polled ahead of George Pataki and Bill Frist in a head-to-head-to-head poll if the 2008 Presidential Election were held today.

In the same story, published December 21st, NewsMax says that neither John McCain nor Rudy Giuliani’s names were included in the poll.

In an even bigger stunner, a Fox News poll was said to have shown that if the election were held tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would handily defeat presidential brother, Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, 46 to 35 per cent.

And that is despite the fact that Jeb Bush has already announced that he will not be seeking the presidency of the United States in 2008!

So, Hillary Clinton, at the moment, can beat two candidates that nearly no one has ever heard of; might beat two candidates that everyone has heard of—and who have legitimately viable and realistic shots at the Republican nomination; and she would soundly—soundly—beat an opponent who has already conceded defeat! more>

Hillary Eyeing Immigration as Top 2008 Issue - More than any other leader of either political party, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has been focusing on the issue of immigration reform and border security - taking hard-line positions that appeal to frustrated Republicans in a move that could guarantee her enough red state support to win the White House in 2008.

Hillary goes conservative on immigration - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is staking out a position on illegal immigration that is more conservative than President Bush, a strategy that supporters and detractors alike see as a way for the New York Democrat to shake the "liberal" label and appeal to traditionally Republican states.

Mrs. Clinton — who is tagged as a liberal because of her plan for nationalized health care and various remarks during her husband's presidency — is taking an increasingly vocal and hard-line stance on an issue that ranks among the highest concerns for voters, particularly Republicans.

Hillary Sets Up Shop; Specter Panicked - So Senator Hillary Clinton has a presidential campaign headquarters and it has both a Washington and New York address.

With the announced move of Clinton fundraiser Patti Solis Doyle over to the Glover Park Group, it might as well be called Clinton '08 Headquarters.

Hillary: We'll take your money for 'common good' - Addressing a Democratic fund-raiser yesterday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., told wealthy supporters the government will need to take money away from them for the "common good." more>

Hillary’s Extreme Makeover - Changing lanes from the left to the center - The 2004 election demonstrated that this nation would not elect a highly liberal president. When you have two extreme liberals on the ticket, even with a 15-point bump by the biased establishment media, Dan Rather, Hollywood, Bruce Springsteen, kiss-and-tell books by former administration officials, you lose.

Hillary is considered a liberal, cut from the same cloth as Patsy Schroeder and Barbara Boxer. A hero to the extreme liberal feminist population, Hillary can count on New York, California, Washington and those little states in the northeast. Expect the rest of the country to go for the Republican candidate. So, look for Hillary to do the following:

Speaking on a very regular basis on national defense. Lots of photo opportunities with decorated Generals. Visits to the troops, wherever they may be. A voting record on defense and intelligence that will not come back to haunt her (can you say John Kerry?).

Embracing “family values”. Expect to see Hillary strongly associating herself with churches, pastors, and positions on the family that have been recently off- limits to democratic candidates. She will work very hard to put Middle American at ease and to tone down any perception that she is hostile toward traditional families.

Taking a very moderate position on gun ownership. Expect plenty of photo opportunities of Hillary firing at the sporting clays. She may even join a gun club. The sooner she does these things, the less they will appear “opportunistic” (can you say John Kerry in camos?).

By taking these steps, Hillary Clinton positions herself as a moderate that Middle America can feel comfortable with. By creating a paper trail by voting for traditionally centrist Republican issues and bills, she escapes having a liberal voting record that would come back to bite her in 2008. With these negatives out of the way, Hillary can work on defining the traditional Democratic strengths. more>

Hoping for Hillary in 2008 - There are only 1460 days left before the 2008 election. Do you know who you’re voting for yet?

I guess we shouldn’t be thoroughly surprised that after such a humiliating defeat, the Democrats have begun the search for their next Great Left Hope. However, it doesn’t make it any less shocking that there are already some polls out concerning Election 2008 declaring Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton as the prohibitive favorites for each party. Isn’t that special?

Of course, no words in the English language raise the ire of Republicans more than ''Hillary Clinton.'' For many, this is even more caustic than ''Raising Taxes''! However, I believe that it could be extremely positive to President Bush’s ability to advance his second term agenda if Mrs. Clinton begins her campaign for president immediately. more>

The (Anti-)Feminist Movement - Let’s start with feminist elite darling Hillary Clinton. Just last week the book her three ghostwriters wrote for her, “Living History”(which would be more appropriately titled “How I Sold My Soul for Power and a Man with No Pants”) went audio and is close to selling one million copies. That’s not surprising. Millions of Americans love fiction. What is disturbing is the presumption that Clinton is the Grand Dame of authentic feminism. For those of us who would love to see a woman as president of the United States, it is appalling that the woman of choice for the feminist elite contradicts everything authentic feminism stands for.

Isn’t it just slightly ironic that those who chant and march for women’s safety and dignity are in a rapturous hysteria over a woman who has enabled placing specific women in her husband’s reach in danger while assaulting the dignity of women everywhere with her sycophantic support of a man who has cuckolded her in front of the world? Go, girl, go!

Let me be clear: Hillary Clinton is the anti-feminist. I consider her one of the most dangerous people in the nation, specifically because she has power and the reach to sell one million books. Because she has managed to enthrall a nation by pretending to be something she’s not. As a feminist, Clinton disgusts me because she single-handedly has managed to tell women the world over that no matter what your husband does—humiliate you, betray you, lie to you, abuse other women, sexually harass other women, intimidate women, even possibly be a rapist—you should not only not leave him, you should forever support and enable that behavior. more>

Whom Will the Democrats Run in 2008? - It hasn’t been three weeks since the election and already there have been two names mentioned often in the mainstream press as potential nominees for the Democrats in 2008. The first is Senator Clinton and the second is Senator Kerry.

Senator Clinton ran for the Senate under the name Hillary. The surname Clinton wasn’t mentioned very often by the press and hardly at all by Clinton’s campaign committee. Her campaign signs all read ''Hillary!'' It would be real tough for her to win the presidential nomination, in spite of what the mainstream press would like us to believe.

The most obvious problem Hillary has is her husband’s legacy. That is the legacy of philandering not only when he was president, but also when he was governor and throughout their relationship. If she can’t stand up to her husband how can a voter expect her to defend the United States? During her husband's tenure the media portrayed her as a victim, and I just don’t think America is ready to elect an emotionally battered wife. more>