Who Really Won?

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Washington State Republicans

Most are dealing in (say in your best James Carville imitation) hy-po-cri-sy, but some have honor and dignitude:

Sam Reed, the Republican Secretary of State, who chose to follow his legal and constitutional duty and certify Gregoire as the governor-elect, now believes the anger toward him is driven by a feeling that he hasn't been Republican enough. For example, some think he should have backed the party's call for county auditors to reopen their tallies in hopes of getting more Rossi votes counted.

"There are people who think I should be using the position of secretary of state simply to weigh the scales on the side of my own party. I just don't accept that, and it would not be proper," he said.

"There are some people who have been dismayed that I wasn't a Katherine Harris who took the position, 'I'm a Republican, and by God that comes first.'

Those dismayed Republicans decided to wage a PR campaign ala Florida 2000 to stop the legal and safe recounts. Now they are whining about losing and trying to change their strategy and actually count votes instead of stopping the counting of votes.

You can read a review of events here including this bit:

But King County was one of the few places where the votes trended Gregoire's way, so Republicans -- playing the same kind of cherry-picking tactics they had earlier accused Democrats of using -- decided to contest the counting of those ballots in that county only, by filing a suit to prevent it. So much for having faith in the voters, not lawyers.

What was especially noteworthy was that all of the discoveries of mistakes in King County were mistakes that heavily favored Rossi. That is, what they actually signalled was the possibility that Republican operatives within the elections office had made "mistakes" that gave Rossi an illegitimate win and let him claim an initial victory.

UPDATE: Sore loser hypocrite Republicans spotted in Texas as well.