Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Kerry, Shrum, Living in a Fantasy World

Uh, guys, get over it, you lost!

From the Rothenberg Political Report:

Living in a Fantasy WorldOn the eve of Inauguration, John Kerry campaign manager Bob Shrum told the New York Daily News, "How am I feeling? Disappointed. Right now, I'm waiting for a camera crew from CNN to interview me about Karl Rove. Just think, a switch of 55,000 votes in Ohio, and I wouldn't have been doing this interview. But you've got to be gracious." Shrum is not alone."

Teresa said, 'What do you want for your birthday?' I said, '55,000 votes in Ohio,' " Kerry told a group of supporters in a post-election trip to Des Moines. Cong. Charlie Rangel (D) of New York agreed, stating on CNN's Late Edition the day after Christmas, "A shift of 60,000 votes in Ohio and John Kerry would be president."

And Democratic strategist Steve McMahon was very much on message. "If 50,000 votes or so had gone the other way, we'd have a different president." (Crossfire, January 12). "The fact is, if 50,000 votes now in Ohio had gone the other way, there wouldn't have been a George Bush second term, there would have been a Kerry term." (Fox News Channel, December 17)

But if Democrats want to play the "What If..." game, they have to play it both ways. In the real world, George W. Bush defeated John Kerry in the Electoral College 286-251, with 270 needed to win. (One elector in Minnesota cast his vote for John Edwards.) Yes, if Ohio had gone for Kerry, he would have totaled 272 electoral votes, and would be thawing out from his parade walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

But while 60,000 votes would have made the difference in favor of Kerry, just 45,000 votes the other way paints a completely different picture. If 5,000 voters had switched in New Hampshire, Bush would have carried the state. If 6,000 voters had switched in Wisconsin, Bush would have carried that state. And if 34,000 voters had switched in Oregon, Bush would have carried it also.

So, in this backward hypothetical world, Bush wins reelection with a considerable 307 electoral votes. In addition, Bush could have lost Ohio and still won reelection if only a few thousand voters in New Hampshire or Wisconsin had magically decided to change their minds. The fact of the matter is, the voters voted and Bush won. And playing "What if..." is left for the loser.

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DANEgerus said...

Six "blue" states were closer then Ohio...

Wisconsin is already exposed as having been 'fixed' by fraudulent (D) votes cast...

And as voter fraud is most frequently exploitation of absentee ballots... ask yourself why Oregon has a mail-in absentee election? Then tell me how a state votes for measure 36, striking down gay marriage, and goes for Kerry?

John Ruberry said...

And in Wisconsin, Danegerous, Election 2000 gave us "Smokes for Votes," Dem volunteers were handing out cigarettes out to homeless people. Wisconsin has same day registration.