Monday, September 18, 2006

The Excuses Are Starting Early

Apparently, some of our friends on the Left side of the Virginia blogosphere are starting their excuses for their impending loss early.

Yeah, it can't be the fact that you've embraced the looniest of the Looney Left. It has to be those wascally Wepublicans and their dirty tricks.


Waldo Jaquith said...

James, in writing that blog entry, the concepts of victory/loss and partisanship never once crossed my mind. The fact is that Diebold machines can be opened with a hotel minibar key. That seems bad for the security of our elections. Certainly you agree.

I can't understand the prism through which you view that blog entry, but please don't ascribe to me thoughts which are not my own.

Waldo Jaquith said...

I should mention, too, that if Diebold machines are in use in Virginia, it's news to me. It's my understanding that none are in use in Virginia, though I don't claim to be any expert on that topic. I can only assume that you know them to be in use in order for your inferences about my post to even be hypothetically possible.

James Young said...

Be of good cheer, Waldo! I called you a "friend"!

The prism, of course, is that you are a Liberal, though I probably wouldn't characterize you as a Kool-Aid drinker. I can at least have a civilized conversation with you.

Is it a bad thing that Diebold machines can be opened with a hotel minibar key? Sure. Granted. Is their security any better or worse than old style machines? I don't know, but I'll bet it's better, overall.

This story strikes me as one promoted --- maybe not by you, but certainly by others --- in order to call into question the integrity of our voting processes. Is it mere coincidence that those doing the promoting are the ones on the same side of the ideological divide whose presidential candidates can't seem to win, at least, for the last two cycles? That's a danger to democratic (small "d") values. And while the balance between guaranteeing the integrity of the electoral processes and disparaging them to the point that they lose legitimacy is a careful balance, there are quite clearly those who are promoting the latter end, all in the name of partisanship. It started with the Sore/Loserman ticket in 2000, and has morphed into Bush Derangement Syndrome.

BTW, I assume that the second post was directed to Alice Marshall, and her comment. My inferences don't necessarily apply exclusively to Virginia. That is only the blogosphere universe (perhaps galaxy?) to which I was referring.