America made me proud,
(and a conspiracy theory)

by Jerry Gilio
November 10, 2006

Needless to say for anyone who has read any of my previous blogs, I was pleased by last Tuesday's election results. My fellow Americans saw through the rhetoric to the truth and made me proud.

Then, as the cherry on top, Rumsfeld got his walking papers.

Now, Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), who lost his re-election bid in the Senate, has said he'll oppose John Bolton's nomination as U.N. Ambassador. Bush was hoping to get Bolton approved by the lame-duck Congress. Bolton's recess appointment will expire when the new Congress is sworn in next year.

It's an embarrassment of riches.

However, reading between the lines tells me that there may have been some Republican monkey business on Election Day.

George Allen from Virginia lost his re-election bid in a very close race. In fact, the margin was so narrow that he could have asked for a recount at public expense. Yet, he didn't. Why not? He wouldn't be risking money and in the worst case he'd still end up being the loser.

I get the uneasy feeling that he feared a recount might uncover Republican election fraud. Virginia exit polls were reported to vary by several points from the actual results, (5% lead for Webb in the polls, less than 0.5% in the actual vote). Exit polls are usually a very reliable indicator of actual election results. So maybe Jim Webb won by a larger margin and the Republicans just didn't steal enough votes. That would explain why Allen wouldn't want a recount.

I'm going in today to be fitted for my tinfoil hat.

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