Thanks a lot, Barbara Boxer, for wasting my money holding pointless, symbolic debates about non-existent election fraud.
In a drama that was historic if not suspenseful, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (news, bio, voting record), D-Ohio, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., formally protested that the Ohio votes "were not, under all known circumstances, regularly given." That, by law, required the House and Senate to convene separately and debate the Ohio irregularities.
Boxer, Tubbs Jones and several other Democrats, including many black lawmakers, hoped the showdown would underscore the problems such as missing voting machines and unusually long lines that plagued some Ohio districts, many in minority neighborhoods, on Nov. 2.
Blah blah blah. Is it any wonder that most people think politics is a joke? Vote or die! They're big on nonsense symbolism, and small on useful action.
Democratic leaders distanced themselves from the effort, which many in the party worried would make them look like sore losers. Bush won Ohio by 118,000 votes and carried the national contest by 3.3 million votes, and Kerry himself — meeting with troops in the Middle East — did not support the challenge.
So it was pointless because the results weren't going to be overturned by a majority Republican Congress, and it was even more pointless because the symbolism was anorexic.
Supporters of the challenge repeatedly said they had no desire to overturn the election. Many who spoke in favor of the protest even voted against it in hopes of clarifying what they said was the real issue — the need to make the country's voting systems fairer and to prevent fraud.
Meanwhile, how's the national debt doing? How's Social Security reform going? How's the debate on the President's judicial nominees? How's the investigation of the UN? Isn't there anything substantial that our legislators can spend their time doing, rather than forcing debates on issues that even proponents won't vote for?