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Count every vote (for my candidate)!

This is what unflagging commitment to the democratic process looks like here (from the 14 November Seattle Times, emphasis mine):
Democrats are focusing on provisional and absentee voters in King County, where most votes counted so far have gone to Gregoire.

"We are calling the folks whose ballots were rejected and then we're going to their homes trying to help them to get their votes to count," Berendt said.

Ryan Bianchi, communications assistant for the Gregoire campaign, said the canvassers knock on doors and ask if the person is a Gregoire voter. "If they say no, we just tell them to have a nice day," he said. If they said yes, then they continued with the process.


I forgot that she was running. God help WA state if she wins.

You should write the Times and use this quote. Get it in the letters to the editor section so more eyes will see it.
ew. How totally slimy. This won't make the news, of course.
I was a little surprised the quote made it into the Times at all, but when you give a journalist something that juicy, it's hard to ignore.
The Times is probably counting on people skimming or misunderstanding the quote because it seems to be in the middle of something "good." Recounts = democratic process = good, at least to the uneducated or liberal.
Having seen the rest of the article, I don't think I'm in a position to agree: the article would have been equally strong on the "recounts = good" score without that quote. My guess is that the quote is very quoteworthy, so it's in there. They didn't have to include it to support the story—if they didn't want it there, it would be akin to planting a land mine but counting on everyone to tread lightly.

Honestly, most of the people who bother reading a political story in a newspaper are going to be well-educated, regardless of leaning. Whether they'll think those kinds of tactics are sketchy is a separate issue.

I could be wrong, but it didn't get in there by accident. Whether and how people read it is another matter.

suprised to see a comment from you in my journal`

I don't want you to misunderstand me...I am open to comments about my life and decisions...but your comment cut a bit. I received another comment that hurt too. I am a woman who has suffered miscarriages, and am working hard at trusting God through it all. I want to have a baby now more than I have ever before as I'm not used to having such trouble in pregnancy. My husband and I did consciously have sex without "protection" despite our doctor's advice. There is actually no sin in that, no misbehavior. We are married and chose to do something and can handle the consequences...really. Truth be told I actually prayed that my husband would be the "leader" in this issue and would initiate the "unprotected" contact when God was ready for us to try again...whether this month or in a few months as the doc ordered. Well, I didn't tell him of this prayer. He did exactly as I had prayed much earlier than I thought he would...and I reminded him before things got far enough to "make a baby" that we could be "making a baby." I also reminded him that if I do get pregnant, we could miscarry. He then gave me the option of cutting off the contact...but I thought, "didn't I just pray for him to decide this the other day if it's God's will?" So, I am trusting God's will is being done here. I could be wrong, of course, but my husband and I will be the ones to deal with the consequences. I guess I wouldn't be hurt had you and I commented to each other more, but we don't. I do read your posts and find them interesting. I also appreciate when you quote scripture. I don't have a problem with you commenting in my journal, but wonder why you waited for such a sensitive time to joke about pregnancy with a woman who so obviously wants to be pregnant after miscarriage. Once the "deed is done" I don't want it to be undone by me...so here I sit waiting to see if I'm pregnant. I know I'm being a bit emotional with my post to you here. So sorry for that, and sorry if I put you on the spot here. I just was very suprised to see your post.

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I'm sorry my comment wounded you somehow; it was not intended to. I don't know the rest of what's going on for you that would cause you to respond like this here in my journal rather than in your own. I'm not sure why you've shared all this here or what you're hoping I might do with it—these kind of details are perfectly appropriate for your own journal, but they're more than I'd honestly want to know about the conjugal relations of anyone else.

If there's any more to be said, I think it might be more appropriate in your journal or over email. I only made a joking comment to your entry on your children's disobedience to your directions based on your prior entry about your own disobedience to your OB's directions. I wasn't trying to make any super-spiritual implications about you, your husband, your children, or anyone else. You seem to have read a lot more than that and to have attributed some other kind of motivation to me, and I'm sorry that you did. Beyond that, I don't think there's much I can do in being answerable for that or in accepting responsibility for whatever you may be feeling now.

I wish you peace.
Didn't see the article, but the KOMO 1000 news story I heard said those bits--and then went on to talk to the head of the state Republican party, who said the exact thing, but in the opposite.

Both parties are doing it; both sides are playing the game. The Republican guy described it as "war". (which is an insult to the people actually stuck on the other side of the world, if you ask me, but...)

I'm just so disgusted by the game from both sides. *sigh*
According to the Times article, the party games are pretty similar, with a subtle difference (emphasis mine):
A small group of Republicans was also calling voters yesterday. "We've got about five or 10 people making calls at the state party headquarters," said state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance. "We started making calls this morning."

Vance said his party is trying to find the Republicans on King County's list of provisional voters in order to phone them and urge them to correct their signatures on their ballots.
In my opinion, that difference is important: The Democrats are canvassing all voters, but only helping those who voted their way. The Republicans are only calling "their own." Ethically, those are different types of actions. A party can do whatever it likes with people who've identified themselves as affiliated with that party. But using the entire provisional voter roster to contact people, find out if they voted your way, and only work to help those who did (not even telling those who didn't why you came to their door)? That's a different level of manipulative and shady.
Ok, I agree there. The KOMO radio-article made it sound like the Dems were just canvassing their own, too, so I was confused.

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