August 15, 2006

Dopey WNJ Letter(s) of the Week

Two winners from the same pot today. First we have James Farny of Newark who thinks President Bush should be impeached for ... "allowing" 9/11 to happen:

The conversations of Air Force officials taped on Sept. 11, 2001, during the 9/11 attacks prove that our air defense personnel were completely surprised by the hijacked commercial airliners.

We have known since the Aug. 12, 2002, issue of Time magazine that in January 2001, Richard Clarke and Sandy Berger of the outgoing Clinton administration had warned the Bush administration of the al-Qaida threat. The 9/11 Commission revealed that a White House security briefing in August 2001 warned President Bush of the threat of hijacked airplanes as weapons of mass destruction.

President Bush and security adviser Condoleezza Rice did not pass on this information to the American people or to Air Force commanders.

The president has never acknowledged his failure in 9/11. The resulting destablization of the Middle East is a disastrous threat to peace. We should impeach Bush for failure to take action before 9/11 and for lying to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Yaaaawwwn. Then, obviously, Bill Clinton should have been impeached not over the ridiculous Whitewater deal, but for not offing Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to do so. It was mighty big of the previous administration to "warn" incoming president George Bush about the threat -- when they did little to nothing to neutralize the threat!

Next we have Margaret Cassling of Bear who chastises a Washington Post op-ed that criticized Daniel Ortega's manipulation of the electoral rules in Nicaragua to make it easier to win ... because George Bush (and Republicans) "stole" the last two elections here:

Let's look at what happened in the United States in 2000. Al Gore won 55 percent of the popular vote. Florida ballots were contested because of many irregularities. When the case was sent to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia should have recused themselves because of conflict of interest, They did not. Our president was chosen by the Supreme Court.

What about 2004? Exit polls showed John Kerry ahead. Yet again it came down to one state, Ohio. Again, there were voting irregularities. Then a Republican victory was declared.

Reasonable people can disagree about the Supreme Court's decisions in the 2000 election, but conspiracy theories about the 2004 election are, frankly, over the top. And Ms. Cassling should know that the popular vote does not elect our president -- the Electoral College does -- so it's immaterial that Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000. And Ms. Cassling really should do a wee bit of research before spouting her statistics. Al Gore won 55% of the popular vote in 2000? Hardly, sister. The actual totals were Gore with 48.38% of the vote, and Bush with 47.87%. You weren't even in the ballpark, Ms. Cassling.

You cannot compare arbitrary changes made to an electoral system with the foundation laid in the United States Constitution that enables ours. Certainly things here aren't perfect, but the system works -- and has worked for over two centuries.

Posted by Hube at August 15, 2006 09:57 AM | TrackBack

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I still don't get the obsession with the exit polls. Polls are wrong all the time. (especially in this case since Kerry voters were told to seek out the pollsters.)

Every poll comes with a margin of error. A poll where the results are intentionally being skewed has a larger one. I fail to see why those polls being wrong is evidence the actual vote count was in error.

Occam's Razor, people.

Posted by: Paul Smith at August 15, 2006 10:18 AM

Here's a theory; exit polls are inherently skewed towards Dems, since GOPers are in a hurry to get back to work after voting, and don't have time to answer a bunch of questions. Dems, on the other hand, either don't have jobs to get back to or are in featherbed union jobs where it doesn't matter if they go back to work or not.

(tweak tweak)

Posted by: G Rex at August 15, 2006 01:39 PM

It is shown that the opposite is true, G., GOPers are more likely to answer the poll.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at August 18, 2006 02:52 PM