Sunday, December 05, 2004

Lunch Order

It is absolutely essential that the Breakfast and Brunch Briefings, which raise serious questions about the election, be widely circulated. The self-styled mainstream press is not going to be a player until critical mass is reached. Then they, particularly the networks, will have "an exclusive."

If the tally changes in either Ohio or Florida, the gang loses. The occupation of Washington will be over.

The gentleman from Texas wants us to forget about what happened on the second of last month. While Election Day has come and gone, we must remember that the story has only just begun.

According to State and Federal law, a 1972 United States Supreme Court ruling, and the Constitution, the process is not over. There is a case before a Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court. ( Furthermore, the results in Ohio are unofficial. Certification will not take place until December 6. After that, there will be a recount, which Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the chairman of the Texan's campaign in Ohio, wants to put off. For, on December 13, the Electoral College meets and, with the Texan supposedly ahead, the Electors from the Buckeye State will vote for him. And that is the reason for the delay, which is why some are calling him Katherine Harris Blackwell. (,0,3487440,print.story?coll=la-home-politics)

On January 6, 2005, Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes, as required by the Constitution. Under the Electoral Count Act of 1887, if one Representative and one Senator objects, the members must return to their respective Houses and make a decision. If the Senate and House of Representatives reject a State's electoral votes, they are not counted.

At minimum, challenges need to be made to the votes of Ohio and Florida. If there has not been a complete recount in Ohio before December 13, there must be objections. If there has not been a complete recount in Florida or a review of the machines and the documents signed by all officials on Election Day or the following day, there must be objections. (

On January 6, 2001, members of the Black Caucus, all of them Representatives, objected to Florida's electoral votes. Because no Senator did so, the proceedings in joint session continued, and the members of the Black Caucus walked out--alone. But things must be different this time. They will not be, though, unless we make it so by urging all Democratic Senators and Representatives to object and be prepared to walk out.

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