1/04/2005

Jesse, Check Your Inbox

It would appear that someone missed a memo. In an op-ed piece in the Chicago Sun Times entitled "Senators should object to Ohio vote", Jesse Jackson calls on Congress to hold off on certifying the results of the presidential election.

This Thursday in Washington Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the senior minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, will formally object to the counting of the Ohio electoral vote in the 2004 presidential election. If any senator joins him, the counting of the vote is suspended and the House and the Senate must convene separately to hear the objections filed, and to vote on whether to accept them.

The grounds for the objections are clear: The irregularities in the Ohio vote and vote count are widespread and blatant. If the Ohio election were held in the Ukraine, it would not have been certified by the international community.

Systematic efforts were made to suppress and challenge the new voters in Kerry precincts, whether students or African Americans. Some precincts were certified with more votes than the number registered; others were certified with preposterously low turnouts. Voting machines, produced by a company headed by a vowed Bush supporter, provide no paper record. Ohio's secretary of state, the inappropriately partisan head of the state's Bush campaign, has resisted any systematic recount of the ballots.
Yet, last night, President Clinton was on CNN's "Larry King Live" saying that the election was "fair and square".
I don't think that the -- you know, I voted for the other fellow, but President Bush won this election fair and square. And he ought to -- he ought to be able to have his inaugural. And his supporters should be able to celebrate it, however they see fit. And I don't think that it will detract one red cent from the money that we will give privately or publicly to this relief effort.

Whenever you launch a new presidency, even if it's a reelected president, it's a moment of national reaffirmation, a dedication to our democratic process, and it's also a moment of celebration for the fellows that won and the women that won. They won it, and they ought to be able to celebrate.
This is going to play out as a particularly interesting bit of political drama. If any senator stands and echoes the objection of Conyers, it will force some level of Congressional investigation. One has to wonder what will be going through the mind of one Senator John Kerry when the chair asks if there are any objections to certifying the count.