I just won a big bet with a friend. I wagered him on Tuesday night that, unfortunately, within 48 hours of the election we'd see the first major story out that Kerry was somehow robbed by a vote fraud conspiracy.
Well, here it is, right on schedule. Greg Palast, who fancies himself a crack investigative reporter but is much more a conspiracy theorist has written a piece titled Kerry Won.
I've read through it twice and frankly couldn't be bothered to deconstruct it here. Anyone who gives it a fair reading will immediately see on his or her own that beyond the authoritative-sounding "statistics" Palast lays out, he, in fact, has no substantive evidence for his assertion that Kerry actually won the majority in Ohio. This is but mumbo-jumbo.
Kerry didn't win in Ohio. And if even he had and was cheated out of it, he still would have been 3.5 million votes behind Bush nationally producing a morally vapid and politically un-sustainable "victory" in the electoral college.
This published fantasy by Palast -- who has somehow acquired a cult-like following among way too many liberals and progressives-- is precisely the tack the left should not be taking.
If there was ever a moment for serious self-reflection and poltical re-assessment, it is now. But, no, Palast has rung the bell for a self-deluding wild goose chase-- I shudder to think how big the Pavlovian response might be. Let's hope only a few will bite.
I fully expected Palast to come up with this sort of BS. What is depressing is how Tompaine.com -- a much more mainstream outlet-- has provided the platform. Four more years of this crap and there will be no progressive movement left to even worry about 2008.
Update 5:30 PM: Lee Miringhoff head of the Marist Poll, and appearing on MSNBC now, says exit polls are a “creation of the media to help them along” but they were, nevertheless, like taking a snapshot of a ball game during the 3rd inning. The final score comes in the ninth. He also says there is a margin of error, of course, in the polls. All this is obvious, but bears some repeating as the "stolen election" myth virally expands tonight.