I'm Not a Conspiracy Theorist . . .
But Did He Really WIN?
I think almost all Democrats were stunned, especially since we had had so much to hope for from the exit polls earlier that day. I remember being shocked just because Bush vs. Gore had been SO close, and that was with Gore hardly trying and Bush not yet screwing up so royally . . . so I thought in 2004 with the increased turnout, unified Democratic party, less of a Nader factor, and new voters that it would pretty much have to be even closer. Having it be further in Bush's favor and attributed soley to the "Values Voters" seemed a little fishy . . . had I really "misunderestimate" how many of these people there are? Really? The discrepancy between the Exit Polling and the real votes was quickly written off as "the exit polls were wrong," but let's think about this a bit more here. Exit polls are real people telling other real people who they voted for. And voting is . . . well, it isn't always as reliable as it should be. The most damning thing I've come across is this Exit Polls vs. Machine and Electronic Votes Graphic which shows how close the Exit Polls were to the actual vote in the states where there was a paper ballot. It was fully in areas that used electronic voting where the Exit Polls didn't match up with the results of the vote. Kawinkydink?
Thankfully, Ralph Nader is finally getting back to what he does best, and challenging the Electronic Voting results . . . unfortunately, he is doing it in New Hampshire. Hopefully, he will move onto some of the other states.
As for the media looking into this, there are small issues that the news is actually covering, such as Machine glitch gave Bush extra Ohio votes but to cover this agressively gives the "Liberal" news media the bad juju of being "pathetic losers willing to cling to anything" to find out if we really were robbed, again.
So that leaves blogs and other alternative news sources to bring these questions up, so far. Here are some of these sources:
Votergate Film About Electronic Voting
Sour grapes? Maybe. Worth taking a critical look at anyway? Most definitely.