Sunday, December 26, 2004
''In Our View - Governor Gregoire'' (UPDATED)
Vancouver's Olympian, a newspaper that endorsed Rossi, has this editorial, "In Our View - Governor Gregoire: SCOW isn't SCOTUS: The Supreme Court of Washington (SCOW) voted unanimously to have the 735 King County votes considered. Unlike justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), who are appointed by the president, our justices are elected and thus not beholden to an official or a party. (There is still considerable resentment and suspicion about the SCOTUS split decision halting the 2000 Florida presidential recount, but the SCOW justices were unanimous and made a good case, accessible at "www.courts.wa.gov")." Unlike like the New York or Seattle Times, the Olympian cuts through the crap and partisan blather. Thanks to Bob Shields, one of the two King County Democratic-appointed vote counters chosen to look at the final group of ballots that the SCOW ruling said were valid, for sending this along. Update: Another clear-headed view from outside King County, in the Tri-City Herald: "End to governor's race first step in recovery." Update: John Nichols, writing in The Nation, says, "Maybe someday, if the Democrats really want to win the presidency, they will nominate someone like Christine Gregoire. Gregoire is the Washington state attorney general who this year was nominated by Democrats to run for governor of that state. She is hardly a perfect politician -- like too many Democrats, she is more of a manager than a visionary; and she is as ideologically drab as Gore or Kerry. But Gregoire had one thing going for her, and that was her determination to win."-from "Rule One: Count Every Vote."