John Conyers is on right now giving his overview. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio and Senator Barbara Boxer of California helped challenge as well. They’re doing a two-hour debate.
It may be just symbolic – but it’s something. Ten possible reasons for voter fraud is a big deal.
Dems I didn’t get the byline: I believe the results won’t change but the results have to be investigated.
Majority Whip: Questioning results hurt confidence in the process (sounds like ‘dissent is unpatriotic’ tripe).
Ric Keller: Get over it.
Mel Watt: The U.S. cannot claim to uphold democracy. (quick interruption to stop noise and yelling) We must do whatever it takes to guarantee the vote. Bush won, I’ll certify but to say this is frivolous is dumb.
Grace Napalitano (chair of Hispanic caucus): Democracy depends on full participation.
Bob Ney: This is just sour grapes from the losers.
(had teleconference – shoot!)
Our girl Maxine Waters (I love her outrage): 10 hours to cast votes in predominately black precincts? Fewer machines in black pricincts? More cast votes than registered voters? Ohio has failed to run a fair election. (holy shit – she’s on a roll! – wow!)
John Boehner: We need to heal. This is without merit.
Michael Oxley: Snarky McSnarkity Snark.
Carolyn Kilpatrick: We don’t object to the result – we object to the process.
Jan Schakowksy: There’s little disagreement that irregularities occured – what are we going to do about it?
Rob Portman: I was there – it didn’t happen.
(I just realized the Gonzalez hearings in the Senate are at the same time (C-SPAN 2) – it’s just too much excitement!)
Senate votes 74-1 to reject challenge to Ohio votes.
Smartest thing: Stephanie Tubbs Jones suggesting that election day should be a national holiday. I keep thinking this to myself and I totally agree.
Good God, Tom DeLay is such a prick!