Thursday, January 06, 2005

Senate Democrats should suffer eternal shame for not stepping up with the Congressional Black Caucus to contest the Florida results in 2000. This time, at least, Senator Boxer of California is answering the call. The stakes are much lower of course, but perhaps some momentum for voting rights reform can come from it.

My question: Why is every single Republican flippant about this process, which requires only a 2-hour debate, nothing more? No Democrat is challenging the outcome or claiming the vote needs to be re-taken or overturned, only that there were too many voting problems. If you are a Senate Republican with eyes on the White House, from a state like, oh, Arizona (cough McCain cough), why not associate yourself with a bi-partisan effort to rectify voting problems and win the respect of some independent Democrats?

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