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  •  the thing (none)
    that keeps sticking in my craw is the military votes not being counted yet, and why isn't anybody screaming about this. In 2000, Bush made a big deal about Gore supposedly not supporting the military because of something to do with their absentee ballots not being counted because they hadn't arrived on time, something like that, it's hard to remember so much shit went down in 2000.

    This time, surprise, surprise, when we are at war, and for ever questionable reasons, Bush declares himself the winner.... before the military votes have been counted. Wonder whether or not the military votes would be for Bush this time, aren't they supposed to be predominantly Republican. Why doesn't he want to see what the men and women over there fighting had to say before declaring himself king this time. Very interesting and somewhat of a scandal in my opinion. Yet noone mentions the inconsistency in Bush's attitude towards military ballots between 2000 and 2004.

    BTW Randi Rhodes does not sound like she's going off to me. She lived through 2000 in Florida and she is very well informed, so cut her some slack. We need people willing to go out on a limb over this. Isn't that what half the people I read here are asking Kerry to do now. Better to have Randi do it, and take the heat then the candidate that has to appear 'presidential'. Please remember, there would probably be no AAR without Randi's efforts (and Al Franken's clout), and I for one have been kept sane by having that station to listen to.

    •  Margin (1.00)
      This is because in many states the number of outstanding absentee/military ballots were less than the margin of victory.

      Kerry conceded before Bush declared himself king.  I was standing there in Boston when he did it and it was definately before Bush declared victory.

      •  My point about the military ballots (4.00)
        is not that they would have given Kerry the presidency, it is that Bush made such a big deal out of counting all the military ballots in 2000.

        Kerry conceded first yes, but it was in the news that Bush had already said he was the winner and would be giving an acceptance speech that afternoon regardless of what Kerry did. Kerry made it less uncomfortable for Bush by conceding. But Bush made it clear to the media that he was the winner, and that he would not necessarily wait for Kerry to step  out of the running. This is exactly what he did in 2000 too, he was announcing cabinet appointments while Bush versus Gore was still in the courts. It's called psyching-out the other candidate, and putting it in the public's mind that you are already the winner. It's yet another  Rove trademark.

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