Friday, October 22, 2004

Underming the Election Process

Are the Democrats undermining the legitimacy of elections? Jonah Goldberg thinks so in The Myth of the Disenfranchised:
But there's a huge difference between the two sides' tactics. The Republicans' lawyers aren't preemptively declaring the election is fraud if they don't win. Simply put, they aren't trying to undermine the legitimacy of the American political system. The Democrats - who constantly decry Bush's "politics of fear" even as they warn of a draft and tell blacks they'll be disenfranchised - have taken the position that a Bush victory is by its very nature proof of voter fraud. That is the Holder Doctrine. If all the votes are counted, Kerry wins. Period. If Bush wins, the votes must not have been counted.
Goldberg's comments follow the comments of Eric Holder, a member of the Democrats' "Election Task Force", who told Fox New's Chris Wallace "If every vote is allowed to be cast, and if every vote is counted, John Kerry will be president within a day of that election." and Senator Kerry's unsubstantiated claim that a million African-Americans were denied their right to vote.

It seems that the Democrats are ready to claim that a Bush victory fraudulent regardless of any inconvenient facts such as actual vote counts, exit polls or pre-election polls. Such claims with respect to the 2000 election have been proved false repeatedly (see The Florida Myth)and as Goldberg points out, John Fund, author of "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud is Threatening Democracy"
...has implored the NAACP, the ACLU and the Democratic Party to provide him with real life examples of blacks - or anybody else - who were specifically disenfranchised. Alas, like the "real killers" O.J. Simpson is still searching for, Fund's quest has remained unfulfilled.
Given the history of the 2000 election, it is likely that a close election resulting in a Bush victory could produce a real crisis as Senator Kerry's team tries to litigate him into office. It seems the Republic's best hopes lie in a a blow-out for the President. As Hugh Hewitt put it; If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat.