Since 2000, there has certainly been plenty of speculation that the GOP stole the election in Florida in the 2000 election. While I don't think it happened, I can at least see someone's arguement that we cheated 500 or so ballots out of several million to win.
The 2004 election is an entirely different ballgame. RK suggests in 17 situations that the GOP stole the election from Kerry. They also cite exit-polling data as well as pre-election polls to support their belief that Bush didn't really win. The post basically suggests that the Bush machine literally stole millions of votes.
Here are my questions:
First off, Bush won by 3.5 million votes in 2004. Is the GOP so good that we can cheat/steal/doctor at least 3.5 million votes? Bush won Ohio alone by 135,000 votes.
My next question is that if we did or can, why do we ever lose elections? Kilgore lost by a measely 100,000 votes; surely we could have at least 125,000 to cheat them out of (or maybe we did and Kilgore really lost by 225,000; I dunno).
Finally, why is it that we GOPers only steal elections in the most democratic areas of the U.S? In the 2000 election debacle, the dems accused us of fixing the votes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. These are the 2 strongest democratic localities in Florida. There were very few if any GOP officials at any level of their government. Wouldn't it be more likely that if we were going to steal an election, we would do it in an area that is already favorable to GOPs (in Virginia terms, its as if we would try to fix the election in Richmond and Charlottesville, as opposed to Chesterfield and Rockingham Counties)?
It just amazes me how far some dems have went with legitimizing why they lose elections. The dems need to realize that accusing the GOP of stealing elections is not going to get them anywhere. Realizing the true reasons for losing is the first step in regaining your majority (the other option is letting your opponent destroy himself, which seems to be the democratic strategy right now).
On a related note, the GOP needs to quit using the "biased media" as our excuse for losing as well. That doesn't accomplish anything either.