Christine Gregoire, Democratic candidate for governor of Washington State, was urged to "concede graciously" when it turned out her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, had "won" the election by a margin of 261 votes out of 2.5 million cast. Gregoire refused to back down, and insisted on a hand recount. Guess what? It now turns out that over 500 votes in King County alone were wrongly disqualified and it looks as if Gregoire will be governor after all.
The lesson in all this? Well, where to start? If the Democratic National Committee had shown Gregoire's chutzpah after the 2000 election, imagine where we'd be. If both Gore and Kerry had not "graciously" conceded, but instead fought to have the votes of the disenfranchised counted, imagine where we'd be.
Seattle Times reports that the Republicans are planning something that looks suspiciously like a riot to protest the newest development. Why am I not surprised?
UPDATE AT 2:39 PM It's fucking Florida all over again. The Washington State Supreme Court ruled today that election officials do NOT have to count previously discarded ballots in a hand recount. So, there will be no opportunity to include ballots that were wrongly discarded in the first place.