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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Please, No.

posted by Jazz at 10/21/2004 03:49:00 PM


According to this AP report, the Kerry team has ten thousands lawyers set to board planes and fly to any battleground states where the vote count is close on election day. Past experience from 2000 leaves no doubt that Karl Rove already has similar teams in place. Unless this election is a blowout for one candidate or the other, it looks like they are both on track to challenge the results and drag the election back into the judicial system for the Supremes to decide the winner. (Which, by default, means that Bush gets four more years, no matter how good Kerry's guys are.)

Six so-called "SWAT teams" of lawyers and political operatives will be situated around the country with fueled-up jets awaiting Kerry's orders to speed to a battleground state. The teams have been told to be ready to fly on the evening of the election to begin mounting legal and political fights. Every battleground state will have a SWAT team within an hour of its borders.

"Right now, we have 10,000 lawyers out in the battleground states on Election Day, and that number is growing by the day," said Michael Whouley, a Kerry confidant who is running election operations at the Democratic National Committee

At this point, I'm already in a dark depression over this election. A repeat of 2000 is definitely more than my psyche can handle. If this really does come to pass, stand by for Running Scared to become an all cooking and restaurant blog, with reviews of good places to get sushi in the Tri-State area. I love following and commenting on politics and feel that I'm heavily invested, on a personal level, in the democratic process in our country. But one more election decided in the courts could drive me to the ranks of those who stay home and eat Cheetos.

Begging to Differ takes Kerry to task for this, from the right side of the aisle. Counterspin Central offers an opposite perspective from the left.