In his ruling today Judge John Bridges of Chelan County Superior Court upheld the election of Governor Christine Gregoire saying that Republican lawyers had failed to provide evidence of fraud or that a number of illegal votes had directly benefited Gov. Gregoire. He threw out the GOP’s proportional distribution argument, saying that the method was not statistically sound. Republican’s have said they will appeal to the State Supreme Court.
So there you have it folks, after hand picking the most conservative judge in the state they could find the Washington State GOP still couldn’t win their ridiculous case.
I have been nothing but impressed with Judge Bridges throughout this whole case, he has been proffesional and judicial. He acknowledged that in any election errors will occur but that didn’t constitute fraud. In addition he wisely chose to throw out the GOP’s unsound method for trying to determine felon voters intent (hint: determining the votes of fellons by basing it on the distribution of the popluation at large doesn’t work because, surprise, felon voters aren’t a randomly chosen sample!).
This is a great quote:
“This is the biggest mess I’ve ever seen,” GOP attorney Dale Foreman said in his opening statement. “The system is broken and it must be fixed.”
Apparently Mr. Foreman was hiding in a cave during the Florida butterfly ballot mess of 2000 if this is the biggest election related mess he has ever seen. (I’m sure Joe can point us to examples of even bigger elections messes).
The big mess is that we happened to get an election with a margin of victory well within the margin of error. But when that happens you go with the law, and by law Christine Gregoire is governor. When Democrats whined in 2000 that Al Gore got more votes, the GOP rightly told them to shove it, its the electoral college that matters. Likewise when the GOP whined here that Dino Rossi was ahead in the first counts the Democrats (and now the Judge) told them to shove it, its the final hand count that well counts.
And while this mess will continue on in appeal I think it is safe to say that the State Supreme court is unlikely to see things differently given how closely Judge Bridges adhered to the law.
Ok Dino, time to stand up and be a man, acecept your loss and stop wasting tax-payer money by pursuing this case. Likely to happen? Probably not.