Monday, July 19, 2004

Free and fair?

How heartening to see that the Dems are gearing up to play hardball this year in order to see that everybody’s votes get counted.

On the smart side of things is the Kerry campaign’s legion of lawyers versed in election law
. On the silly side is the
call by some congressional Dems for U.N. monitoring. I’m all for international monitoring of this year’s U.S. presidential contest, but this is simply bad rhetorical strategy. Who on the right would ever accept the word of the United Nations?

Why not engage some neutral, U.S.-based, multi-lateral outfit, such as the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), to do the umping? It was founded by Republicans, after all—back in the days before party membership required that Republicans hate everybody who wasn’t born in the good ol’ U.S.A. 

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