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  •  Question (none)
    Can you point to evidence of the meeting?
    •  I've written to Phillips (none)
      with a request for hard evidence.  All I can say is that a lot of people here were wondering what Bush was doing flying into town on election day, and I have no doubt that he met with Blackwell, who was chair of his re-election campaign in Ohio.
      •  At the time (none)
        we thought it was evidence that Bush was panicking about Ohio, and he was flying in for a rally to keep up their spirits.  I don't remember anything about a meeting with Blackwell (I'd have thought that was suspicious even before the numbers started coming out), but then again, I didn't read about it, I heard it on the radio and from some K/E people early on 11/2.

        I've read recently that Bush met with Damschroder on 11/2, though, but I can't remember where I saw it.

        This warrants further investigation.

        "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken "This is one of those times." Me

        by jsmdlawyer on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 08:55:07 AM PST

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        •  I don't know if Blackwell or Bush met but... (none)
          Bush was at the republican headquarters on election day.  From the Columbus Dispatch, President Bush visited with campaign workers Tuesday at the headquarters of his campaign in downtown Columbus.

          The Republican headquarters is located at:
          211 S. Fifth Street | Columbus, OH 43215 | 614.228.2481

          The SOS office is located at:

          Borden Building
          180 East Broad Street
          Columbus, OH 43215

          Client Service Center
          30 East Broad Street
          Columbus, OH 43215

          SOS Phone: 614-466-3910

          It looks like they are really close.

          Here is the URL to a map of downtown Columbus:

    •  EVIDENCE of Blackwell meeting: (none)
      According to Bob Fitrakis (Free Press), the Columbus Dispatch published a story on election day, in which it said that Bush would be meeting with Blackwell in Columbus.  So that's the Free Press's evidence for the meeting.

      Here's the reply I received from Mr. Phillips, in response to my request for evidence of the Blackwell-Bush meeting:

      "Check with Bob Fitrakis at
      The Free Press, 1240 Breyden Road, Columbus, OH 43205.
      (614) 253-2571.  e-mail:  He is
      the one who first reported the story, and he posted my
      work without correcting my statement about the
      meeting, attributed to the Free Press.

      Let me know what you find out.

      Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D."

      I'm not sure what Phillips is referring to with "posted my work without correcting my statement about the meeting."  In any event, now I'm going to look for the Columbus Dispatch story that supposedly stated Blackwell would be meeting with Bush that day.

      •  Send this to Olbermann ASAP (none)
        In today's "Bloggermann," KO asks if there is evidence to refute Blackwell's assertion that there was no meeting with GWB on Election Day.
      •  I believe he means Fitrakis didn't edit his (none)
        statement, thereby confirming that Fitrakis believes the statement is valid.

        "Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages." W.H. Auden

        by upstate NY on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 12:00:14 PM PST

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