The eyes of the nation and the world are focused on our fair state situated in the upper left-hand corner of the country as we deal with the closest gubernatorial election in the history of the United States. Out of 2.8 million votes cast, the Democrat, Christine Gregoire, pulled ahead yesterday by a mere 10 votes.
But that's not the whole story--the rest of the story comes from the partisan bickering that has droned on and on since the recounts began. This has consisted primarily of GOP bluster about fraud and calls for Gregoire to concede, even though Rossi's margin of "victory" was less than one percent--well within the margin of error for any count of 2.8 million. After all, those tactics worked in 2000--when Republicans hectored Gore to concede, calling Democrats who joined with them "statesmen." Gore caved. Gregoire has not. And I believe the rest of the Democrats country wide are getting a little vicarious thrill out of her persistance. The shock & awe tactics the Republicans used to shame Democrats out of their manual recounts in 2000 no longer work. Like the hijackings of September 11, 2001, these methods only work against a foe who is complacent and not expecting them. But the Democrats are awake now and we know how to respond. So, bravo Christine Gregoire, keep modeling appropriate response to the rest of the country as the GOP fumes and blusters and sputters with hyperbole. May you prevail.