The blogosphere rumblings about vote counts in the recent presiential election are finally starting to bubble to the surface in “mainstream” meida. Keith Olberman of MSNBC’s Bloggerman, reminds us that no candidate’s concession speech is final, and no election is over until the “fat lady”—in the form of the electoral college, in this case—sings.
This is mentioned because there is a small but blood-curdling set of news stories that right now exists somewhere between the world of investigative journalism, and the world of the Reynolds Wrap Hat. And while the group’s ultimate home remains unclear – so might our election of just a week ago.
Stories like these have filled the web since the tide turned against John Kerry late Tuesday night. But not until Friday did they begin to spill into the more conventional news media. That’s when the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that officials in Warren County, Ohio, had “locked down” its administration building to prevent anybody from observing the vote count there.
Suspicious enough on the face of it, the decision got more dubious still when County Commissioners confirmed that they were acting on the advice of their Emergency Services Director, Frank Young. Mr. Young had explained that he had been advised by the federal government to implement the measures for the sake of Homeland Security.
Gotcha. Tom Ridge thought Osama Bin Laden was planning to hit Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville. During the vote count in Lebanon. Or maybe it was Kings Island Amusement Park that had gone Code-Orange without telling anybody. Al-Qaeda had selected Turtlecreek Township for its first foray into a Red State.
Of course, the blogsphere got hold of this early on, because bloggers aren’t necessarily worried about being objective.
But here’s an interesting question, folks. How badly do we want a win here? Do we want one badly enough to accept one this way; on a technicality rather than a KO? Suppose there was enough evidence to show that enough votes were wrongly counted for Bush, and should have been counted for Kerry, to give the Democratic candidate enough electoral votes to be declared the winner. Say this happens sometime in December.
Would that be good for the Dems, or bad for the Dems? Good for the country or bad for the country?
I’m still turning this one over in my head, but I’d like to hear what other’s thinks.