Protecting (Sigh) Democracy
Dennis Kucinich is asking for a recount in New Hampshire, as he is suspicious of the vote count. He doesn't think that a recount will change his vote much (obviously, he got two percent), but thinks Obama actually might have won. Just a public service by the Kucinich campaign.
Actually, in a sense, there is something commendable about Kucinich's efforts. To my knowledge, there is little evidence of vote tampering. However, we should always be vigilant in the cause of protecting democracy. Dennis Kucinich is wholly crazy, of course, but he is, at least in this case, also honorable and consistent.
There are, however, Ron Paul supporters who do think Paul won, but was robbed of a victory. They have evidence and everything too. Apparently, a election official made a mistake in vote reporting, costing Paul thirty-one votes. Out of 920 cast in that district. Yeah, that is going to make a difference.
Now, Ronulans are smearing that election official's name across the Internet, and bleating about the subversion of democracy and conspiracies designed to hurt the Paul campaign. The center of this firestorm-and many, many otherwise normal people are falling for this- is actually conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's website. Jones is a notorious conspiracy theorist who actually makes Rosie O'Donnell look like a hardened realist.
Ron Paul supporters need to come back to reality. The reason Paul is getting six percent in the polls is not because he has millions of supporters, all with cellphones who aren't being contacted by pollers. The reason is that-surprise!-only six percent of the country likes him. The reason his vote totals aren't higher is because the polls are actually right about him, not because there is a massive, wideranging conspiracy to end his campaign. Paul's fantasy world is fun, but his supporters need to come back to this one. Ron Paul's fifteen minutes of fame are about up.