The Wisconsin Recount II
Back in December, I put up a short post
with a link to an article noting that there was no interest in a Wisconsin recount, despite the fact that it had gone for Kerry by a much smaller margin than Ohio had gone for Bush.
Well, interest in Wisconsin has been heating up over the last week or so. Captain Ed has been
doing a great job
of keeping track and moving the story forward with sharp analysis
; such a great job that he gets a mention in yesterday's Washington Times
At the same time, it's curious that Mr. Kerry should use Ohio as an example to trumpet his forthcoming legislation. Apparently, Mr. Kerry sees no evil in Wisconsin, where his margin of victory was 11,000 votes, and where the watchful bloggers at Captainsquartersblog.com have noticed some disturbing irregularities. Milwaukee County, which broke for Mr. Kerry 62 percent to 37 percent, saw voter turnout increase by just under 49,000 votes, or 10 percent, from 2000. For comparison, the national voter increase was 6.4 percent. A portion of that increase can be attributed to the 83,000 people who completed a same-day registration, which is more than 20 percent of all voting-age residents in the county. Blogger Captain Ed is rightly suspicious: "Now, Wisconsinites may procrastinate a bit, but in order to believe that number, you'd have to expect that 20% of the county had moved or became newly eligible within the past two years (after the previous election cycle)." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reports that now 10,000 of those registrations cannot be verified, or just under the number of votes that clinched the state for Mr. Kerry.
As I commented over at CQ, this is the second time that the Washington Times has run a "Captain Ed-itorial". Captain's Quarters
is the blog that all the smart conservatives are reading.