Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Its like the Freaking Energizer Bunny

it Keeps going and going and going

Election speculation continues

Looks like even some of Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) top advisers are getting reeled in by the rampant speculation among Democratic activists on the Web who think that Republicans may have rigged the election.

Reporters have been besieged by e-mailed pleading from liberals and Democrats who want an investigation of electronic voting machines in Florida and Ohio, for which there is no auditable paper record of votes cast through them.

Speculation burned even hotter last week when The Associated Press reported that an electronic voting system error gave President Bush nearly 4,000 extra votes in suburban Columbus.

Bob Shrum, a senior adviser to the Kerry campaign, gave some credence to conspiracy theorizing.

“I think there are a lot of weird things going on,” Shrum told reporters Monday, echoing an assertion made by several Democratic cyberactivists. “Some weird things. Why are the exit polls more accurate in states with paper ballots than in states with [electronic] machines?”

Of course, Shrum may be quick to latch onto technological explanations for Kerry’s performance rather than alternative theories, namely that his campaign staff wasn’t up to snuff

I would be much happier if this stuff was coming from somebodt other than Shrum.