Virginia, Floridated

Greg Palast

Rather than gossip about the dunking of The Don, I’d rather focus on suspicious electoral arithmetic in Virginia.

Only 7,000 votes separates the Democratic Senatorial candidate Jim Webb from incumbent Republican George Allen. Leading up to the election, the State of Virginia rejected more than 91,000 names submitted from voter drives, blocking their registrations. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School says that Virginia’s methods of rejecting voters had a notably racial bias. Golly. Put the two numbers together — the 91,000 citizens questionably barred from voting and the teeny-weeny Senate vote margin, and Virginia begins to look a lot like Florida on the Potomac.The blockade of voters at the Virginia polling station doors followed on last year’s promise of Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman to mount a, “challenge to voter eligibility” in Virginia. Mehlman vowed, through an attack on the voter rolls, to “do whatever we can” to keep control of Virginia. And he did. Voters blocked (and other purged from voter rolls) received “provisional ballots.” The state only counts about 15% of these.

You do the math and tell me who really won Virginia and the Senate.

And let’s not talk about the Montana vote – and we won’t now that Rumsfeld’s useless carcass has been thrown in front of the TV cameras.

I’m not buying it. Americans didn’t end up in a Vietnam on the Tigris because of Rumsfeld’s failure of command. The problem was, and is, the failure of Rumsfeld’s Commander-in-Chief.