Something's rotten in the state of Denmark

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

How many provisional ballots does it take...

Keith Olbermann, on vacation but not off the case, passes on some of the AP's reporting from Ohio.

The AP is reporting that, "by yesterday, 11 of Ohio’s 88 counties had completed vetting the provisionals and that ten of the districts have accepted the validity of more than 90 percent of them. One— Belmont County (along the West Virginia border)— has tossed 42%, and nearing the halfway mark in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), the election board there has accepted about two-thirds." Cuyahoga was one of Kerry's strongest counties in the state -- he beat Bush 67-33% there, 433,000+ votes to 215+.

Keith notes that mainstream silence on election irregularities is passing: "Sunday, the Hartford Courant printed an op-ed from the Associate Dean of the Yale Law School, Ian Solomon - one of those Democratic lawyers dispatched to Florida to ‘watch’ the election - who suggested the monitors had been too busy verifying the paper ballots to pay attention to the prospect of computerized irregularities (thus, Dean Solomon admitted, “I might have been an unwitting accessory to fraud.”)"

Keith notes that the Globe is planning a piece on the media silence in the next few days. The Washington Times addressed it, too, with the headline “Anti-Bush Internet Site Angles For Election Probe”) by focusing on’s “Investigate the Vote” campaign.

Congressman Jerry Nadler, Keith reports, says he's expecting a response from the GAO by the end of the week.

It's irrelevant to the subject matter here, but Keith's research team also has some fun with Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes contradicting each other. Yes, there's a falafel joke in there, too.