You might need heard — the liberal media suppose GOP objections to tomorrow’s congressional certification of final month’s Electoral Faculty vote are tantamount to a coup d’etat. “This week, we’re going to have the ability to measure precisely what number of Republicans in Congress nonetheless imagine in democracy,” CNN’s John Avlon hyperbolically proclaimed on Monday’s New Day.
However Democrats in Congress have protested each Republican presidential election for the previous 20 years, with out the media accusing them of attacking democracy itself.
The listing of futile protests contains 2004, when incumbent President George W. Bush gained by greater than three million votes. That 12 months, the conspiracy theorists — together with some within the information media — zeroed in on Ohio, which Bush won by nearly 120,000 votes. Whereas Bush gained by tighter margins in New Mexico and Iowa, Democrats wanted to flip Ohio’s 20 electoral votes in the event that they had been to vary the end result.
But when California Senator Barbara Boxer joined with Ohio Consultant Stephanie Tubbs-Jones to object to the certification of Ohio’s electors — as some Republicans pledge to do on Wednesday — the media handled the train as an affordable and legitimate effort to shine mild on claimed “irregularities.”
Throughout daytime protection on January 6, 2005, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips hoped the “protest” would “convey consideration to the issue of our system with regards to voting right here in the USA.”
Later within the afternoon, CNN congressional correspondent Joe Johns identified that Democratic Senators felt “ashamed” they hadn’t been extra aggressive in quixotically difficult the Bush v. Gore ends in 2000: “4 years in the past, there have been a variety of Home members, notably members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who needed somebody on the Senate aspect to boost the objection so this concern could possibly be debated. And so they weren’t capable of finding a single senator to try this….All of this, in fact, got here out within the film Fahrenheit 9/11, and that’s one thing now some senators counsel they might have been slightly bit ashamed of, seeing themselves on the large display and never doing something.”
On that night’s NBC Nightly Information, correspondent Chip Reid respectfully outlined the liberal justification: “The objectors cited irregularities in Ohio from alleged intimidation of minority voters to too few voting machines….So many citizens had been disenfranchised, they mentioned, that the Ohio vote and the results of the presidential election are nonetheless unsure.”
Over on ABC’s World Information Tonight, anchor Peter Jennings had no harsh phrases for many who voted in opposition to accepting Ohio’s slate of electors: “The Democrats knew that it was a reasonably ceremonial objection, however regarded it as essential.”
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who since early November had relentlessly hyped (and hyped, and hyped) the concept Republican mischief had stolen the election from Democrat John Kerry, scoffed at the concept the objection was any form of a risk: “If this was not going to vary the end result, and it took lower than three hours, why did each side deal with this like political dynamite?”
Olbermann’s visitor, political analyst Craig Crawford, predictably agreed that the objection was actually an “alternative… for a bipartisan have a look at these issues.”
Crawford charged: “We now have obtained an electoral system on the market that doesn’t work. I informed you as soon as earlier than, we spend extra on jail meals on this nation than elections.”
Olbermann ended the interview on a weirdly prophetic word: “Sure. Effectively, we additionally solely have the one Structure and the reminder that right this moment’s protester is the one who will get protested in opposition to 10 years from now, 20 years from now, each time.”
Truly, it’s 16 years later, and now most of the similar Democrats who’ve all the time objected to the routine certification of a Republican president’s election are actually going to must spend just a few hours listening to Republican objections.
Solely this time, the media that had been so indulgent of the Democrats’ protests are exhibiting no endurance now that the shoe is on the opposite foot.