January 5, 2005

Muddying pools...

Good point by Jim Geraghty on the rumored possibility that Barbara Boxer may challenge the results of the Electoral College:

...For Boxer and any other Democrats to go forward with this move would be bad for the country... but great for Republicans.

It would be bad for the country because it would give Fidel Castro, Kim Jong-Il, and every other dictator and foe of democracy a convenient talking point to accuse America's democratic system of being illegitimate. (You do know that Castro’s favorite response when asked why Cuba doesn’t have elections is “you mean like Florida?,” right?) Conspiracy theorists and black-helicopter types would seize the objections as evidence that the election was ‘stolen’, and a bad and false idea would refuse to die...

Actually he should say "bad for the world." It isn't us that Castro is hurting, it's the poor Cubans, and the people who suffer under other dictators and terrorists encouraged by Castro.

Events like the recent triumph of democracy in the Ukraine happen partly because democracy and its champions now have the moral high ground, and an air of inevitability and strength. If Democrats smear and disparage America's elections they will be encouraging despots around the world. And it would be particularly despicable deed because there isn't any rational hope of changing the election results.

All the Democrats are seeking is an excuse to pretend that they are still the majority party, and to block out the knowledge that they are being soundly rejected by the American people. (And Dems of my generation want to block out the knowledge that "the 60's" doesn't mean "cool," it means old, stupid, tacky, discredited, and best forgotten.)

Posted by John Weidner at January 5, 2005 9:21 PM
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