Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Please Baby Please 

We hate to nag, but if you haven't yet written your senators requesting that they join Rep. John Conyers et al in contesting the Ohio electors, now is the time. E-mail your message. Fax it. Make a phone call. Do all three. We beg you; we implore you; we beseech you. We crawl on our belly like a reptile. By this time tomorrow it'll all be over.

Contact info is here. A model letter is here (don't feel intimidated: yours doesn't have to be anywhere near as good.)

Here's a message the Democratic candidate sent us (and a few million others) this morning:
Dear Simbaud,

No American citizen should wake up the morning after the election and worry their vote wasn't counted. No citizen should be denied at the polls if they are eligible to vote. And, as the greatest, wealthiest nation on earth, our citizens should never be forced to vote on old, unaccountable and non transparent voting machines from companies controlled by partisan activists.

Tomorrow, members of Congress will meet to certify the results of the 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors.

Despite widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to addressing those problems that happened in Ohio. We must act today to make sure they never happen again.

I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year to reforming the electoral system. A Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different . . . .
Yes, yes, John, very nice, thanks for reminding us why you lost, you ambulatory fucking totem pole. But the fact is, we weren't voting for you; we were never voting for you; we were voting ABB, and we're still voting ABB, even more so now that the only real race is between Bush and Democracy. The Greens and the Libertarians have done most of the heavy lifting in Ohio, even though they have nothing to gain. Why? Because they are friends of Democracy, and they see what's going on all around us, and unlike you they have the common sense to understand that making nice is never going to cut it again. Tomorrow we have the occasion, and more importantly, we have the mechanism, to publicize the hazards of voter suppression and voter fraud in the most dramatic way imaginable: by contesting the Ohio electors. We understand: you don't want them calling you a Sore Loserman. But kindly measure the PR impact of a immediate challenge to Bush's legitimacy now, when the wounds are still raw, against that of the undoubtedly worthy legislation you plan to introduce in a couple of years, when you've passed around a few more petitions. By then, of course, the Republicans will have such a chokehold on the legislative process that they'll laugh your reform proposals right out of the Senate.

But enough about John. Zemblans! Into your breeches! Send that e-mail, shotgun that blastfax now. Right now! When you're done, come back, and we'll give you a reward.

No, not yet.

Hey, who are you trying to fool? Not yet.

Done? Good for you. Now you may go and read Steve Soto's take on the leaked Mitofsky exit polls, courtesy of our rumbustious colleague Avedon Carol.

UPDATE: Almost forgot -- here's a link to the Conyers Report.

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