No, the Supreme Court did not hand the 2000 election to George W. Bush

December 13, 2012

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Really, the myth that the Court somehow stole the election is getting up there with 9/11 Trutherism and Kennedy conspiracy theories. Tim Carney, commenting on a Dana Milbank article in The Washington Post that claims the Court denied Joe Lieberman the vice-presidency, sets the record straight:

But the Supreme Court didn’t deny Lieberman Florida. The voters of Florida did.

How do I know?

Because of the media recounts after the election.

If SCOTUS had never taken up the case, or had let the Florida Supreme Court ruing stand, we would have had a statewide recount of all undervotes — and Bush would have won, according to the media recounts.

If Gore had gotten what he was asking for, a hand recount in four counties, Bush still would have won, according to the media recounts.

Some liberals hang their hat on a third, imaginary recount of all ballots, including overvotes. About that imaginary recount (1) it would have been illegal, (2) Gore probably would have opposed it, and (3) which no court had ordered. And even so, only maybe would it have given the election to Gore.

Really, people. Get over it. Gore lost, and he lost because he couldn’t carry even his home state.


Peaceful union supporters threaten blood and civil war

December 12, 2012
Democracy, union-style.

Democracy, union-style.

Forget the rule of law. This is rule by fist:

Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Tuesday he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into “civil war” after the state legislature passed right-to-work bills that would weaken unions’ power.

“This is just the first round of a battle that’s going to divide this state. We’re going to have a civil war,” Hoffa said on CNN’s “Newsroom.”

The Republican-controlled state House passed two bills that had already been approved by the GOP-dominated state Senate. Gov. Rick Snyder, also a Republican, is poised to sign the bill, which would allow workers at union-represented employers to forgo paying dues.

As thousands of protestors gathered at the state capitol on Tuesday, Hoffa called the legislation a “tremendous mistake” and “a monumental decision to make” by outgoing lawmakers in a lame duck session.

“What they’re doing is basically betraying democracy,” he told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “If there’s any question here, let’s put it on the ballot and let the people of Michigan decide what’s good for Michigan.”

Proponents of the legislation say it gives workers more freedom, while opponents say a less robust union presence will negatively affect workers’ rights. Hoffa also argued that those who don’t pay union dues will be considered “free riders,” as they’re getting the same benefits from union representation without the cost.

Hoffa pointed to Michigan’s recovering auto industry, saying the Wolverine State has bounced back from the recession without being a “right to work” state.

“This is basically a step backward,” he argued.

(CNN via Zero Hedge)

And if anyone knows about thuggery and violence, it’s a Hoffa.

What Jimmy Junior is saying here is, in a nutshell, that the duly-elected representatives of the people of Michigan, acting in accordance with their state’s constitution, have no right to amend the state’s labor laws. Even though there is strong evidence that the people have already spoken. Under the Hoffa theory of democracy, the mob has the vote and the veto, and he who has the biggest, most violent mob wins. The only debate that counts is “me” outshouting “you,” which means I win.

So, shut up or I’ll kill you.

Now, you’d think this attack on constitutionalism, the rule of law, and representative democracy would draw the united condemnation of the state’s legislators, who are sworn to uphold the US and Michigan constitutions.

Think again:

“There will be blood,” State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right to work state.

“I really wish we had not gone here,” Geiss continued. “It is the leadership in this house that has led us here. The same leadership that tried to throw a bomb right on election day, leading to a member switching parties, and came in at the 11th hour with a gotcha bill. For that, I do not see solace, I do not see peace.”

This isn’t democracy or republicanism: it’s mob rule. It’s extortion — “Nice state you have there. Shame if something happened to it.” It’s intimidation, using the threat of violence to impose their will. Now, where have I seen this before?

We know why they’re doing this, of course. It’s not because the union leadership and their Democratic allies are worried about workers’ wages and working conditions: right to work states have been shown to have slightly higher wages and better job choices. And most if not all states have workplace safety and worker’s compensation laws on the books. It’s not as if right-to-work will mean a return to a dime-a-day and child labor. They would still have the right, as every worker should, to form a union and press for collective bargaining. And they still would have the right to withhold their labor should conditions not be satisfactory.

No, what the union bosses and their politician allies are frightened of is the prospect of losing the millions they collected in forced exactions (dues) from their members, money which is then funneled to pliant politicians in the form of campaign contributions and other political spending, in return for laws benefiting the unions at the expense of the taxpayers and regardless of the economic consequences to the state.

They fear the end of their kickback racket.

Whatever the noble origins and ends of trade unionism, we’re seeing now the true face of the corruption that’s overtaken it. Faced with long-term decline, perhaps irreversible if left to the free market, they can only maintain their power in places where law compels membership and tribute.

Threaten that, and they promise blood.

RELATED: What is it with union goons and their hatred for Black small businessmen? First it was Kenneth Gladney, beaten by an SEIU mob in Missouri a few years ago, and now they’ve wrecked the business of Clint Tarver, who ran a hot dog cart outside the state capitol in Lansing. Shouldn’t be surprised I guess; unions have a long history (PDF) of racism. If you want to help Mr. Tarver rebuild his business, click here.

ALSO: Patterico on the Stalinist effort by the online Left to whitewash the violence in Lansing and blame the victim.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The Democratic Party: the party of class and race war?

August 31, 2011

I want you to look at two videos, both from Naked Emperor News (1), that illustrate the intellectual bankruptcy and political desperation of what passes for leadership in the modern Democratic Party. Not the average, working- and middle-class rank and file member who’s been a lifetime registered Democrat out of habit, but the career leftist pols who’ve risen to the top thanks to a pernicious combination of seniority and safe districts.

First we have Nancy Pelosi (whose San Francisco idol was avowed Stalinist Harry Bridges) offering an unusual motive on the part of those who oppose economic redistribution and advocate lower taxes: they’re the filthy rich who want immortality!

(via Pirate’s Cove)

Okay, okay. So, she’s talking about “immortality” through getting buildings named after them. It’s still bunkum. Not only are the most vociferous advocates of federal restraint and tax reform not among the filthy rich (2), but, in my experience, most of the money that buys names on buildings comes from rich liberal donors. And what about all the wealthy liberals just screaming for higher taxes, such as Warren Buffet or Stephen King? Are they conspiring for immortality at the expense of the poor and downtrodden, too, Nancy? Do all wealthy people look alike to you?

Oh, and while we’re at it, how goes your own search for life eternal? I mean, you are worth $35 million, after all…

Even more bizarre, however, is her attack on those opposed to raising the minimum wage: it’s all a conspiracy meant to make people dependent on private credit companies and lenders!! Seriously, Nancy? Are you actually arguing that, if we only kept making the minimum wage higher, people wouldn’t need to use credit cards or take out a loan to buy a car? Just how high a “minimum wage” do you envision, O Former Speaker, and what level of taxation do you think would be needed to support it?

Just how much of your $35 million are you willing to give up to save the counter-person at McDonald’s from the evils of the private credit market?

Ignore the fact that a rising minimum wage destroys jobs, this is utterly hypocritical class warfare and pathetic demagoguery that demonizes people who are successful or who are simply concerned about the self-destructive fiscal path this country is on.

But wait! It gets worse!

Earlier this summer, we heard Democratic National Committee Chairwoman (3) Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) claim that Republicans wanted to take America back to the era of Jim Crow. Debbie had to walk that back under fire, but the Congressional Black Caucus has decided that the Tea Party is the new Klan and to play the race card for all it’s worth. Just listen:

Ed Morrissey concentrates on Congressman Andre Carson’s (D-IN) claim that Republicans and Tea-Partiers would be happy to see Blacks lynched. That’s outrageous enough as it is — Carson shouldn’t just apologize and resign, he should be expelled from the House. But listen to the rest: claim after claim that Americans advocating limited government and fiscal sanity are motivated by racism (4), are the enemy, and, as the execrable Maxine Waters puts it, can go “straight to Hell.” This is class warfare blended with good, old-fashioned racism — only the racism is coming from the CBC.

(Be sure to click through to Ed’s post for a second video, this time with Congressman Allen West responding to Rep. Carson and making it quite clear that he’s reconsidering his membership in the CBC. I’m also sorry to see featured in the video my former Assemblywoman and former Speaker of the CA State Assembly, Rep. Karen Bass. She should be ashamed.)

Anyway, there you have it. With a dismal record in office and with the increasing rejection of progressive ideology by a majority of the nation, all the Democratic Party “leadership” has left to offer is class envy, ethnic vitriol, and social division.

Now there’s Hope and Change.

UPDATE: Heh. The Washington Examiner contacted Congressman Carson’s DC office to ask if he would identify which members of Congress want to see him lynched. So far, no response.

Footnotes:
(1) How does NEN get these videos? They must have a spy network to rival the CIA…
(2) Last I checked, the Tea Party counted very few millionaires and billionaires in its ranks.
(3) Yeah, I’m un-PC. I shall report to my nearest reeducation center right after lunch.
(4) I’d like to see them pull this crap on Allen West, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, and other minority conservatives who’ve risen to political prominence. Or does that call for the related “Uncle Tom card?”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Violence? Look for the union label. UPDATED: video link added

August 17, 2011

Ever notice how the Right is regularly accused of violent rhetoric, fascist sympathies, and plain-old knuckle-dragging thuggishness, but it’s from the Left that we usually see garbage like this:

Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating

With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area. As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering. This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs. So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home.

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Last Wednesday, however, the attacks on Mr. John King became much more serious when he was awakened late in the evening at his home in Monroe County, Michigan and saw that the motion lights in his driveway had come on.  When he looked out his front window, he saw a figure near his SUV and went outside.

As soon as he got outside his front door, King yelled at the individual who was crouched down by King’s vehicle. As soon as King yelled, the suspect stood and, without hesitation, fired a shot at Mr. King.

Luckily for King, as he yelled, he also stumbled. If it weren’t for that, however, John King’s injuries might have been much, much worse. In fact, he might have been killed.

Upon scrambling back into his house, King got to his cell phone and called 911. However, due to the pain in his knees and shoulder from falling, King was unaware that he had been shot in the arm.

At first, King thought that his assailant was merely trying to break into his vehicle. Little did he know, however, that the perpetrator was targeting him–because of his non-union company.

The night of the shooting, police recovered a shell casing from a small caliber handgun. In addition to the shell casing, police also found a Swiss Army knife that police say was likely going to be used to slice the tires on King’s SUV.

While neither the police, nor Mr. King can say which union was behind the attack, it is very clear by the word ’scab’ scrawled on his SUV that it the attack was union-related.

Emphasis added.

What upsets the unionistas isn’t that King is exploiting defenseless workers like some caricature of an 1890s robber baron. No, they’re angry because he is providing jobs they can’t, because his union-free status allows him to charges prices in-line with a bad economy, while the labor union’s cartel’s contracts have priced them out of the market. In other words, they would rather their workers have no work at all, if it can’t be under the union’s terms.

And those who defy them get their property and even their lives threatened.

Tell me again who the fascists and the thugs are?

RELATED: I suppose Kenneth Gladney should be glad he was only beaten into a wheelchair by union thugs, and not shot. “Labor Union Report,” the author of the quoted article, maintains a very informative site that tracks union intimidation, corruption, and violence. He (or she) can also be followed on Twitter.

FOR THE RECORD: I am not opposed to private-industry* labor unions per se; the right to form one is part of our right to freely associate under the First and Fourteenth amendments. However, I am unalterably opposed to laws that force one to join a union just to have a job; not only does that deny the freedom of the individual negotiate his own contract (yes, I’m a fan of Lochner), it creates a labor cartel that enables price-fixing just as harmful to the consumer as any corporate monopoly. And when labor unions engage in intimidation and violence, they become little better than rackets and should be treated as such.

*(As for public-employee unions, I agree with that noted conservative, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.)

UPDATE: Breitbart.TV has video of an interview with John King, the victim in the shooting.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


To be Black and a Tea Partier…

April 17, 2011

Makes one doubleplusungood, apparently:

It seems these exemplars of Our Betters on the Left (all bow) didn’t get the memo about the new, more civil tone their leaders demanded of us all* in the wake of the Giffords shooting. I’m sure they’re sorry and won’t ever let it happen again.†

via Legal Insurrection

LINKS: My blog-buddy ST has further examples of New Tone Patriotism in action.

*Actually, no they didn’t. Those sanctimonious hypocrites such as Pelosi, Dean, and Matthews really only demanded conservatives shut up. Because that’s the only argument they have left.

†And if you believe that one…


Steny Hoyer, family psychologist

January 6, 2011

I’m getting so confused. You see, I thought I and others like me opposed ObamaCare and other liberal-fascist Democratic programs because we believe strongly in limited government that operates within the bounds of the Constitution and that those same programs were actually harmful to the nation. In other words, we were acting in good faith and on principle.

Silly me.

Since the (Social) Democratic Party was given free reign with the election of President Obama, we’ve been variously told that we’re Nazi sympathizers, racists, and an angry mob that makes a fetish of the Constitution.

Now we know the root causes of our irrational rage. It’s not our fault — we’re victims!

According to Steny Hoyer (D-MD), former House Majority Leader and apparently a specialist in Family Psychology, our opposition to all the wonderful things the Democrats have done for us is rooted in our dysfunctional families:

There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary.

Representative Hoyer said that two days ago. Contrast his arrogance with the humility shown by John Boehner as he was sworn in yesterday as Speaker. Isn’t it usually the loser who’s humble and the winner who crows?

Hoyer’s “diagnosis” is yet another example of the stunning arrogance and patronizing contempt for their fellow citizens that permeates the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which is to say the majority of what’s left of their caucus on the Hill. It is the attitude of an arrogant oligarchy that cannot come to terms with having some of their power taken away and facing the prospect of losing the rest of it in two years. They’re like an employee fired for incompetence who refuses to own up to the truth and instead whines that his boss was out to get him.

Steny, I think you’re the one who needs the psychologist. Not us.

RELATED: I wonder if Hoyer has read Max Blumenthal’s book? They sure think along the same lines…

via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


At least they weren’t shot?

July 5, 2010

One does not disappoint Dear Leader:

North Korean team will be sent to coal mines as punishment, reports say

MORE than one disgraced national team has been heckled by angry fans on returning home – but North Korea’s misfiring stars reportedly face a much harsher punishment.

Unfortunately, crazed dictator Kim Jong-il chose the 7-0 mauling at the hands of Portugal to be the first football game ever broadcast in the impoverished communist nation.

“The Portuguese won the game and now have four points,” the Korean Central Broadcasting commentator said at the conclusion of the match. “We are ending our live broadcast now.” It then cut to factory workers and engineers praising the Dear Leader.

Seems the result may not have tallied too well with Kim Jong-il’s narrative that North Korea is a socialist paradise populated by athletic supermen.

Given the realities of life in North Korea, aka “The world’s biggest prison camp,” I’m not so sure being spared the firing squad was a boon.

The Queen of Hearts has nothing on the King of Heartless.


Lèse majesté

January 25, 2009

The Kennedy royal family clan is angry with New York Governor Paterson for not picking Sweet Caroline for the open senate seat. This could make for some real drama when Paterson comes up for reelection.

Should be a good show. popcorn

(hat tip:  Melissa Clouthier via Twitter)

UPDATE: Some very interesting observations at he Belmont Club.

 


Anniversaries

May 29, 2008

Today is a sad day, the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople, thus ending the last remnant of the Roman Empire, which had existed, if one accepts the traditional founding date of 753 BC, for 2,206 years. On May 29th, 1453, the city fell to the jihad armies of Sultan Mehmet II. Seven thousand defenders behind the city’s ancient walls couldn’t long hold out against an army at least 11 times their size and armed with siege cannons. The last Emperor, Constantine XI, fell defending his throne to the end. According to Runciman, whose Fall of Constantinople is the best book I’ve read on the topic, legend has it that the Emperor removed his regalia of office and died defending one of the city’s gates: his body was never found. Greek legend tells that an angel turned him to a pillar of marble and placed him in a hidden cavern, where he waits to return at his capital’s liberation.

So, of course, some wag made a bumper-sticker for the occasion:

 

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Someone should tell the author that it’s 555 years. But who am I to quibble over details?

I’m sure there are Greek nationalists who take this seriously, but, sorry. Tragic as the city’s fall was, five centuries makes it a done deal.

Revanchist movements aren’t unique to Byzantine buffs, naturally. Palestinians and their Arab exploiters brothers for so long and so steadily pushed the myth of the nakba and the forced Palestinian expulsion from what is now Israel, that many accept it as unvarnished truth. From 1871 to 1914, France dreamed of recovering Alsace-Lorraine from the Germans. Chicano nationalists work themselves into ecstasy at the thought of returning the US Southwest to MexicoViva Aztlan! More threateningly, jihadists lay claim to the whole of the ancient Islamic empire, from Spain to Indonesia, as Allah-granted parts of the Muslim umma: theirs to reconquer.

About the only group I think has a real claim to a "right of return" are the Jews: Israel hasn’t been perfect since its foundation, but few people have suffered as much for as long as have the Jews, nor have many given the world as much. If anyone has a moral claim to an ancient home, it is they.

With that exception, however, revanchism and other forms of railing against the past gain one nothing except grief. After enough time has passed, it’s better to accept reality and look to the future.

Byzantium ain’t coming back.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)

 


Another world

April 9, 2007

I’m a big fan of a field of fiction called "Alternate History," in which the author builds a story around how the world might have changed if just one event had come out differently. Battles are a popular topic, since they tend to be decisive moments on which the course of events hang. What if Napoleon had won in Russia, or the Persians at Salamis, or had the Germans invaded Britain? What if time-traveling South Africans had given General Lee automatic weapons?

Apparently elections are tempting subjects, too. At Lefty blog Firedoglake, someone named Phoenix Woman constructs a detailed timeline of what the world would have been like, had Al Gore only won in 2000. Hint: It’s somewhere over the rainbow…

Ever wonder how the last six-odd years might have gone, had all the votes been counted in 2000? 

I’d like to think that they might have gone something like this…

December 1, 2000:  After a night on the town and too much lobster in champagne sauce, Sandra Day O’Connor has a horrifically vivid dream of how the ascension of George W. Bush to the Oval Office would mean the destruction of the American economy, the senseless deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, the loss of American prestige both at home and abroad, and — worst of all — the utter dissolution of her beloved Republican Party as, upon being deserted by even the corporate media, it suffers a series of definitive electoral ass-kickings in 2006, 2008, and 2010 before giving up the ghost.  She goes on to provide the swing vote that allows the Florida count to continue, thus guaranteeing that Al Gore’s election is confirmed.  Media pundits attack O’Connor so viciously that she decides to retire three weeks later.

I think I find the time-traveling South Africans more believable.

(hat tip: PJM)

 


Mexican democracy wins, no thanks to the Left

September 6, 2006

The Los Angeles Times today reports the good news that the full panel of the Mexican Federal Electoral Tribunal confirmed its earlier finding that the presidential elections had been fair, and yesterday declared PAN candidate Felipe Calderon the winner and president-elect.

This is great for Mexican democracy and the democratic movement in Latin America and around the world. In a country that has, until recently, known little but dictatorship and oligarchy, democratic institutions have grown strong enough that they can fairly handle a close, hotly contested election. Indeed, Mexican electoral institutions have grown so effective that the Coalition in Iraq and the UN chose the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute to train Iraqi election officials prior to their first democratic elections.

Everyone should be happy, right?

Forgive this gringo if he laughs at the naivete of that last sentence. We have some experience with losing candidates in denial in this country, so it should come as no surprise that the loser in Mexico still charges fraud and plans to bully the nation into giving him the Presidency he couldn’t win fair and square. When street demonstrations and evidence-free charges of massive fraud wouldn’t give Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the prize he feels is his by right, his supporters in his PRD insulted outgoing President Vicente Fox by seizing the rostrum in Congress to prevent him from giving his final State of the Nation address. Now Lopez Obrador says he will set up a parallel government and call for a national assembly to save Mexican democracy:

Nevertheless, supporters of losing leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador continued their street protests. The former Mexico City mayor said he would not concede defeat and vowed to set up a parallel government.
Such moves renewed fears of Mexico descending into political chaos, with Sept. 16 — Mexico’s Independence Day — looming as a crucial date.

Lopez Obrador has called for a "national convention" that day to "reestablish the republic." His supporters have said they will not remove their barricades, even though they would be blocking the traditional route of the annual military parade. Mexico’s defense secretary, meanwhile, has said the military has no plans to alter its route.
Leaders of Lopez Obrador’s Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, have also vowed to try to prevent Calderon from taking the oath before Congress, as stipulated by law.

I must be ignorant: How is it "saving democracy" when one uses mob action and fascist tactics to demand control of the nation? Am I missing something?

More seriously, what is it about the Left that makes it feel that any electoral loss must have been through theft, and that they have a right to destabilize the country when they don’t win? For nearly six full years, the Left –including high-ranking members of the Democratic Party– in the United States has done all they can to delegitimize Bush’s electoral wins, repeatedly making baseless charges of fraud and electoral corruption. Now, in Mexico, we see a Leftist candidate and his Party that are willing to honor the will of the people only when said people do what the Left wants. It is nothing less than elitism of the worst sort, a group of self-proclaimed "progressives" and "revolutionaries" who think they know better than the people what they, the people, want.

The Mexican people deserve better than this, and I hope the new Calderon administration and real Mexican democrats stand firm against this political thuggery.


Mexican democracy wins big

August 29, 2006

And not just Mexican democracy, but the democratic revolution around the globe, which has faced disheartening setbacks in Ukraine, Russia, and Lebanon.

Today, however, is a day to celebrate a win. Mexico’s electoral court rejected the claims of massive fraud leveled by the supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, declaring that there had been no significant cheating in conservative Felipe Calderon’s narrow victory. Lopez Obrador’s supporters had been staging civil disobedience campaigns in Mexico City and across the country for weeks charging fraud –for which no evidence was produced– and demanding the elections be annulled and held again. After the court’s announcement, the Sore Loser in Chief demonstrated his commitment to democracy by accusing the government of a massive conspiracy and encouraging his supporters to continue their demonstrations, essentially demanding that democratic society give way to mob rule:

López Obrador has become more and more extreme in his accusations over the last month, saying not only did his opponent stuff ballot boxes and dispose of votes for López Obrador, but that the court itself had been bribed. His supporters have blocked the main avenue through downtown Mexico City for a month and engaged in other acts of civil disobedience.

On Sunday, López Obrador told a large crowd of supporters that any ruling that put Calderón in office without recounting all ballots "would be an abuse of the people’s rights, a rupture of the constitutional order and a coup d’état."

After the court ruled Monday, a small group of demonstrators carried a coffin labeled "Democracy" through the center of town.

López Obrador has called for a national assembly to be held in the city’s main square, the Plaza de la Constitución, on Sept. 16 to decide the future of his campaign of civil disobedience to "save democracy" and "purify public life." He has suggested the assembly could name him president of an alternative government.

I think Mexico should count its blessings that this would-be Junior Hugo Chavez won’t become El Presidente. Thanks to the Mexican electoral court’s stand on principles and facts, Mexican democratic institutions are strengthened, and this can only be good for the country — and us.

LINK: Publius Pundit has an enthusiastic review of the decision and what it may mean for Mexico.

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Mexico’s answer to Al Gore?

July 9, 2006

It appears that being a sore loser isn’t just a US phenomenon. Like Al Gore in 2000 (and some Kerry supporters in 2004), the losing candidate in the recent Mexican elections just can’t accept that he lost a squeaker — the election just had to be fixed. The Washington Post covers the story:

Downtown Mexico City swelled Saturday with the accumulated
frustration and rage of the poor, who were stoked into a sign-waving,
fist-pumping frenzy by new fraud allegations that failed populist
candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador hopes will overturn the results
of Mexico’s presidential election.

López Obrador ignited the
smoldering emotions of his followers Saturday morning, alleging for the
first time that Mexico’s electoral commission had rigged its computers
before the July 2 election to ensure the half-percentage-point victory
of Felipe Calderón, a champion of free trade. In a news conference
before the rally, López Obrador called Calderón "an employee" of
Mexico’s powerful upper classes and said a victory by his conservative
opponent would be "morally impossible."

López Obrador added a new
layer of complexity to the crisis by saying he not only would challenge
the results in the country’s special elections court but also would
attempt to have the election declared illegal by Mexico’s Supreme
Court. That strategy presages a constitutional confrontation because
according to many legal experts the special elections court is the only
body that can hear election challenges.

So, like Mr. Gore in 2000, Mr. Lopez-Obrador can’t believe that the people (as an aggregate) might prefer his more conservative opponent. What make this challenge silly is that he has yet to bring forth any evidence of fraud — and I suspect he can’t, because there isn’t any. It’s a measure of his desperation that he has attacked the Mexican electoral commission, one of the few Mexican institutions that is well-respected around the world. Consequently, he has to ignite a populist temper tantrum to get his way.

To feed his ego and greed for power, Lopez-Obrador risks a constitutional crisis in a country that has a still-fragile, relatively young democracy that’s trying to shake off decades of oligarchic rule by the formerly dominant PRI. Instead of having the dignity to lose with grace, instead of holding his country’s interests closer to his heart than his own desires, Lopez-Obrador plays to class resentments and stokes left-wing fears of another stolen election, threatening to throw his country into turmoil that could take years to recover from.

Shame on him.

(More on this at Publius Pundit)


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