It Was Okay Then, Not Now – Democrats Argued Bush Rigged 2004 Election

It Was Okay Then, Not Now - Democrats Argued Bush Rigged 2004 Election

( – History has an odd way of exposing hypocrisy. As the 2020 election begins to wind down over the next month, a lot remains to be settled. The Trump campaign and many Trump voters believe that mail-in voting triggered widespread election fraud that tipped the election unfairly and unconstitutionally in favor of Joe Biden. Despite Trump’s legal team’s evidence, it’s been a tough go in the courts.

It seems turnaround is not fair game. In 2000, George W. Bush was awarded the presidency after the Supreme Court was forced to step in over “hanging chads” in Florida. After Bush was given the state and its Electoral College votes, the former president was never viewed as legitimate by Democrats. In 2004, they even fought to overturn Ohio’s election, alleging that voter fraud in that state caused Kerry to lose.

Democrats Scream Election Fraud in 2004

After the 2000 election, Democrats believed the nation had learned its lesson after the bitter loss. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) with bipartisan support. Its main objective was to overhaul the voting system with technology to ensure that human error and fraud would be virtually impossible.

Then 2004 happened. Not surprising to us today, the exit polls got the election wrong, and the media and Democrats believed that Kerry was on his way to winning overwhelmingly. However, that didn’t happen. Bush received 286 Electoral College votes to Kerry’s 251. The magic number is 270.

Almost as soon as the election day was over, Democrats created conspiracy theories that the high-tech voting machines were tampered with and votes were changed. They initiated hearings in the House to prove their point. In a refrain that sounds familiar today from Republicans, House Democrats at that time encouraged electors to change their votes or for Congress to refuse to certify the election.

During the vote count in each chamber, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) raised objections to Ohio’s Electoral College outcome. Ultimately, it failed miserably. The Senate voted against the objection 74-1 and the House 267 to 31.

Decades Later, the Roles Are Reversed

It seems that the 2020 election has many eerily common experiences with 2004. However, no two experiences are identical. Regardless, at least one Republican in both the House and Senate suggest they will ask for an objection to the Electoral College that awarded Biden the presidency.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Sen.-Elect Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) are among several Congress members who say they will object and ask for a vote to overturn the Electoral College in the House of Representatives.

With half of the voters believing Biden won and the other half believing mail-in voter fraud contributed to massive problems, public sentiment isn’t likely to change anytime soon. For better or worse, until Congress fixes the federal election system to ensure that voter fraud can’t happen, the allegations will only persist.

Of course, it’s Congress who benefits the most from the federal election laws they write. They are the wolf in the hen house, and it’s not likely they will fix the problems that contributed to the mail-in voter fraud, no matter how small or large the challenges to the election system.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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