Sunday, February 10, 2008

Washington state Republican caucus - vote rigged for McCain?

It looks like the Republicans may have gone too far in vote stealing. It's bad enough when they steal votes and elections from Democrats, but this time the establishment Republicans may have tried to steal the Washington state caucuses yesterday from Huckabee for McCain. Here, from The Seattle Time's David Postman is what Huckabee's campaign manager, Ed Rollins, has to say:
“The Huckabee campaign is deeply disturbed by the obvious irregularities in the Washington State Republican precinct caucuses. It is very unfortunate that the Washington State Party Chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87 percent of the vote was counted. According to CNN, the difference between Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee is a mere 242 votes, out of more than 12,000 votes counted—with another 1500 or so votes, apparently, not counted. That is an outrage.

“In other words, more than one in eight Evergreen State Republicans have been disenfranchised by the actions of their own party.
I'm sure the Washington state establishment Republicans have a good reason for calling the election for McCain when only 87% of the votes were counted and the difference between McCain and Huckabee was a mere 242 votes. Like, for instance:

"What? You mean that Huckabee voters are Republicans, not Democrats? Are you sure?" or

"McCain is going to win anyway. We have our orders." or

"We just figured the Huckabee social conservatives would shut up and follow orders for the good of the Party. They always have in the past." or

"Huckabee? You mean that's not a joke name, like Mickey Mouse, that some prankster added to the ballot when they were being printed? We just assumed it was a joke." or

"Don't get your knickers in a twist. We'll count the rest of them along with the Florida 2000 ballots - someday." or

"We're just practicing for the general election."

I'm sure there are hundreds of similar good reasons. Has the Republican National Committee weighed in yet?

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