Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Ethical Disaster Area 

We've lost track of how many hurricanes the Almighty, who is no fan of corruption, mendacity, and paperless e-voting, has seen fit to sling at Brother Jeb's fiefdom in this election year. But that's the thing about Florida Republicans -- you knew it was only a matter of time until they figured out how to turn God's righteous wrath to their political advantage:
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader's name can appear on Florida ballots for the general election, despite a court order to the contrary, Florida's elections chief told officials Monday in a move that could help President Bush in the key swing state.

The Florida Democratic Party reacted with outrage, calling the move "blatant partisan maneuvering" by Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's younger brother, and promised to fight it.

In a memo to Florida's 67 county election supervisors, state election director Dawn Roberts said uncertainty caused by Hurricane Ivan, which could hit parts of the state this week, forced her to act . . . .

A hearing on a permanent injunction is scheduled for Wednesday. But Roberts said Hurricane Ivan, which may be headed for Florida's Gulf Coast, had raised "a substantial question as to when such a hearing" would be held. Florida's Department of State filed an appeal against the temporary injunction, automatically lifting it.
In case you were wondering, "Florida's Department of State" means Glenda Hood's office.

Our opinion: if the party of the Ironclad Deadline wants to play dirty -- and they always do -- then the Dems should damn tootin' take 'em to court over this.

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