November 03, 2004

Stealing the election in advance

Seems like the Republicans' tactic of blocking votes before they happen instead of waiting for a recount paid off in Ohio. Salon's War Room reports that a voting district in Columbus had insufficient voting machines, and many people who had been waiting in line for hours to vote ended up giving up and going home.

"This is indicative of what's happening in a lot precincts in the inner city," [a volunteer] says, "people waiting for four hours. The mood is really bad." It's no surprise, Kalamar adds, that suburban precincts seemed to have had more than enough voting machines.

Big turnout in the whole state, yet the long lines were only in urban areas. Hmmmmmmm. Go figure.

Meanwhile, I'd like to just say a heartfelt "thanks a lot, you fucking idiots" to the people who re-elected Bush because they felt he was better able to conduct the war on terror. Yeah. Let's think about this. A solid majority of people in the country who live in big cities voted for Kerry. If any terrorist attacks happen in the U.S., do we honestly believe there's any chance they're going to happen in rural Ohio? So we've got the people who are safest voting contrary to the opinions of the people who are most endangered by terrorist threats. Su-fucking-per.

Well, that presidency was probably sour anyway. Feh.

Posted by Francis at 08:33 AM | TrackBack

Jon Stewart made a comment last night about how you'd think New York would have gone for Bush, given the "we'll keep you safe from terrorists" message. "It's the state with the city that never sleeps ... because we're all too scared of dying." And yet somehow New Yorkers were smart enough to realize that W. did not have their best interests at heart.

I am totally fucking disappointed in this country today.

Posted by: Debby at November 3, 2004 09:29 AM

Disappointed, angry, and profoundly sad. Being a Democrat apparently means having one's hopes dashed on a regular basis. Maybe it's time for the blue states to secede.

Posted by: Saphir at November 3, 2004 10:25 AM

Maybe the long lines had something to do with historic voting patterns. Fewer machines per capita in urban areas doesn't strike me as per se discriminatory - but they should learn something for 2006 and beyond.

Posted by: ugarte at November 4, 2004 11:05 AM