When is it time to give up? Joe Miller doesn’t think he’s hit that point. But the only path he has to becoming Senator representing Alaska is to have every ballot he’s challenging get thrown out, and then have a manual recount that might give him another couple thousand votes.
But what galls me is that this is no longer about winning the election. This is about disenfranchising voters. For Miller to “win,” he has to find a way for the state government to ignore votes cast by people who wanted Lisa Murkowski to represent them in the Senate. In other words, he is actively trying to undermine democracy.
I am perfectly happy to support recounts, manual or otherwise, as long as the goal is to divine the will of the people. And I’m happy to support efforts to ensure that the people who vote are the people who are legally entitled to do so. But when the goal becomes disenfranchising voters, it tears at the very fabric of our society. I cannot and will not support that.
I’m sure this must happen with Democrats as well, but the only instances of which I’m aware are Republicans. It happened in Florida in 2000, Washington in 2004, and Minnesota in 2008. In every case, there was a Republican effort to disenfranchise voters. I’d like to know if there have been any Democratic (aside from Dixiecrat) efforts to disenfranchise voters. Can any of you point to one?