Reps R PWN3D!

Posted: June 6, 2005 in Uncategorized

The WA GOP suffered a far more depressing loss in court today than they suffered last November. That’s pretty significant, considering they won the election the first two times and lost it on the third count…you’d think that would be depressing enough. But on their turf, with their judge, they lost. The judge rejected just about <u>every single claim</u> the GOP made to try and overturn the election results and get a new election. Personally, I didn’t think the final decision would be so one-sided, but I didn’t expect the GOP to prevail, either.

I personally don’t have a staunch party affiliation, I usually vote for the person I think will do the job the best regardless of the party he/she belongs to. But this has been quite the entertaining circus act. I remember early in the exit polls that Rossi’s people were already publicly demanding Gregoire to conceed, even tho’ the race was way too tight to make an early call on the winner before all the votes were tallied. I thought they had a lot of balls to do that. And they demanded she concede again before the first recount started, insisting that it was a waste of time, and lo’ and behold, Rossi won again.

But machines are fallable, which was proven on the first recount when Rossi’s extremely slim margin of victory was reduced to a tiny sliver. Normally, election results have quite the large margin of difference, and therefore things like ballot machines that only properly count 99% of ballots, the discovery of lost ballots or the finding of 1600 illegal votes…even <i>combined</i>…could never be nearly enough to impact the outcome of millions of votes cast in an election. Statistically speaking, election results have a far smaller margin of error than something like a Gallop poll or even a government census.

But when a race is this close, that margin of error becomes a glaring spectacle.

I believe the hand-recount was the right thing to do. And arguing that a "proportional deduction" of illegal votes should be done would take us right back to the argument that every vote should count…the whole reason uncounted votes and a hand-recount was done in the first place. There’s no way to say that a "proportional deduction" could be acceptable because it’s a very cloudy numbers game. And real number crunchers insisted that Rossi would STILL lose on a "proportional deduction" recount.

The GOP has ten days to appeal to the State Supreme Court. My money is betting that they will do so…they are such sore losers that it’s the only possible course of action we could expect from them.

And so the entertaining circus will continue.

Edit: next day. Sure glad I don’t actually place bets with real money. Rossi’s team has decided not to take this any further. However, their reason is another cry-baby response: Rossi said the "political makeup" of the high court would make it almost impossible to get the judge’s ruling overturned. Translation: the high court cannot be fair and unbiased because they are primarily made up of democrats.

Otherwise, no mention of how his team got to choose the location and the court, and was able to successfully get so much evidence accepted by the judge for consideration…and still got thoroughly pummeled and buried alive. Yeah, that wouldn’t have helped them in the least with the high court, even if Rossi got to appoint each judge himself…but he will be the very last person to admit it.


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