Thursday, September 21, 2006



Election officials in Maryland's 4th CD are still counting ballots and sorting through all the problems that marred last Tuesday's Democratic primary between hack party boss Al Wynn and progressive heroine Donna Edwards. There is still no clear winner, even though far more people cast their votes for Donna-- another example of the kind of George Bush democracy his regime is trying to teach people around the world.

Donna, while insisting that every vote be accounted for and counted, is being very calm and collected about Wynn's egregious attempt to subvert democracy in the district. "Whether these flaws are attributable to incompetence, inefficiency, or fraud-- we may never know. Votes are still being tabulated in Maryland's 4th District-- provisional ballots arriving as late as Tuesday, September 19, a
truckload of machines and memory cards arriving 21 hours after the polls closed on September 12, changing estimates of absentee ballots to be counted, etc. Needless to say, the system is deeply flawed-- leaving voters with little reason to be confident."

Meanwhile, Wynn acknowledged his chicanery-- and criminality-- to a bunch of his congressional cronies on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by one of the furthest right and most vile and vicious Republicans in the whole Congress, Joe Barton (R-TX), an ally of Wynn's in their goal of serving the agenda of Big Business to the detriment of working people and consumers. This is the actual transcript, something a Federal Prosecutor ought to be examining:

BARTON: Down in Texas, we had a Democratic primary about 50 years ago that Lyndon Johnson won by 54 votes. And he got the nickname "Landslide Lyndon." We have Mr. Wynn next. He had a little bit of a tussle last week, but he did win. And so, I want to recognize "Landslide Wynn" for any opening statement that he wishes...

WYNN: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. In fact, they're still counting, but we're quite optimistic. And I did take a couple pages out of Lyndon's book, so if I win, it can be attributed to Texas know-how.


(UNKNOWN): Did you (inaudible)?

BARTON: I hope not. I hope you win fair and square.


WYNN: A win is a win.

An update: This morning the Board of Elections in Prince George's County opened up a machine with no tamper tape (so much for security), and at least one other machine that recorded votes for other offices but none for U.S. Congress.


At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping on this.

Will tell the family in Montgomery Co.

At 1:26 PM, Blogger KenInNY said...

Well, that just means that not one of the people who voted on those machinies had any preference in the congressional race. That's not hard to believe, is it?

You see, there's often a perfectly innocent explanation for all of these seeming anomalies.


At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets get real, Ken.
Saying it's possible that the entire voting population had no preference in a very important political contest, is like saying "It's possible that no one got out of bed this morning". Sure its possible, all were put into a coma like state due to a cloud of gasses that settled ovver the area, and no one had a door or window lettin the anesthetic gas in, or no one had to go empty their bladder today, due to an epidemic of 'nothings coming out today'. Lets get real and leave out the ninny kind of statements that make a trillion to one chance event from being expressed seriously, as yours seemed to be. REtractions and more obviously sarcastic humour would be a positive way to say this. Joey


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