Captain Ed takes a look at the results of the Presidential elections in Wisconsin and finds some rather iffy numbers coming from the Badger State. Given that Bush was expected by many to win Wisconsin by a narrow margin, the fact that Kerry outperformed Gore’s totals in 2000 is more than a little surprising. Of course, there could be a reasonable explanation for all of this, but instead we have the “count every vote” crowd complaining about fictional irregularities in a state Bush won by well over 100,000 votes.
Of course, the “count every vote” crowd have no desire to count Republican votes, which is why when Christine Gregoire manages to steal an election in Washington using ballots from King County that magically appeared in time to give her a 138 vote win and when Milwaukee’s vote counts don’t match the census data there is hardly a peep from those who would hold themselves as the defenders of American democracy.
UPDATE: Captain Ed gives an example of this double standard with the latest bloviation from John Kerry. What Kerry forgets:
The complaints center on Cuyahoga County, of course, where Cleveland voters complained of standing in line for hours due to the lack of voting machines, a side effect of the higher turnout from 2000. However, what Kerry doesn’t mention — again — is that Cuyahoga County election officials are Democrats, not Republicans. The county goes heavily Democratic in elections at all levels. If anyone screwed Cuyahoga County voters, it’s the Democrats who have always promised their minority-bloc voters the moon and delivered below subsistence.
But of course, it’s always the Republicans fault, never mind the fact that the Democrats are the ones who are charged with running elections in the districts that had the highest number of problems…