In the wake of the Ohio-decided election of 2004, it’s interesting to see that Ohio’s voting machines are still producing results which are completely at odds with well conducted poll results.
It’s almost as if, as the General Accounting Office has stated, they are easily manipulated, or something.
That said, I’m not sure I wish Kerry had won. I mean, I wish that Bush weren’t in power, but if Kerry had won, with a massively Republican Congress, he’d be unable to do much useful, and he’d be saddled with all the consequences of the actions of the Bush administration’s first term, and everyone would blame him for the Iraq war going south, and imagine that if Bush had won a second term everything would be hunky dory.
So in the long run I think it’d be a bad deal to have a Democrat in the White House as a scapegoat, and I am not convinced that Kerry would have had the stones to do the right thing and just cut the war off. He certainly didn’t have the stones to campaign on an anti-war platform.
So I’m not as bitter about the results of this election as the 2000 election.
But it is still interesting to look at what’s going on in Ohio and wonder just who’s pulling what strings.