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December 01, 2004

The media continues to carry Kerry's water

So the Green Party and the Libertarian Party have finally joined forces. Not to lobby the American public for a new voting reform such as Instant Runoff or Condorcet (which would be an extremely useful thing to do) but to attempt a ridiculous recount to no apparent purpose whatsoever. This has done nothing but firmly cement my conviction that I'm doing the right thing by remaining a small-L libertarian. The big-L party won't waste a dime of my money.

One of the results of the Glib recount noises has been Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney's Office et al v. National Voting Rights Institute et al. The attorney and board of elections of Delaware County filed a suit seeking to enjoin the Glibs from compelling a recount, arguing no possible benefit and public harm in the form of unnecessary expense. A temporary restraining order against the Glibs was granted, with a hearing scheduled to take place today. The Glibs have successfully had the case transferred to federal court.

The Kerry campaign filed to join the Glibs in defense, but the only way you'd know it is to either go to the Delaware County Clerk of Courts office and read the notation:


Or to visit the Cobb campaign website and read their press release.

Ohio — Today, attorneys representing the Kerry-Edwards campaign filed papers in Delaware County, Ohio to intervene in legal proceedings in defense of Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb, Libertarian Michael Badnarik and their legal counsel, the National Voting Rights Institute, who are seeking a recount of all votes cast for president in the Ohio 2004 general election.

What's missing? How about a press release from the intervenors themselves, Kerry-Edwards 2000? How about a statement from them saying what they're doing, what they believe, and what their intentions are?

Barring that, where are the media questions to Kerry asking what he's failed to volunteer? He is still a public figure, you know, and I'm sure he still has a press secretary. These are the sort of questions journalists should be asking:

  • Senator, why have you filed to intervene?
  • Do you still concede the race to President Bush?
  • If so, why are you paying lawyers to compel public funds to be spent on a recount?
  • If not, why are you not going public?
  • Do you believe there was massive voter fraud in Ohio?
  • Do you agree with Jesse Jackson, who has asserted that you support his efforts, that the results in Ohio do not pass the "smell test"?
  • Do you agree with Cliff Arneback, the attorney who is filing a suit seeking to overturn the election results in Ohio, that the "only possible explanation" for the results is voter fraud?

But, of course, these are difficult questions to answer, so Kerry will not be asked them. At least, not by anybody in the mainstream media.

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Time, I think, to change my LBT voter registration to IND after these 16 years (yes...since 1988).

Posted by: Sharpshooter | Dec 2, 2004 1:18:28 PM

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