Ed Kilgore, Kevin Drum, and Josh Marshall are reacting with the expected snarkiness to Republican Dino Rossi's call for a re-vote in the Washington State gubernatorial race, which he lost to Democrat Christine Gregoire. Kilgore:
I recommend that Washington Democrats speedily begin referring to Governor-elect Gregoire as "Governor," and to her vanquished opponent as Dino "Loser" Rossi. Sauce for the geese, sauce for the gander.
That's interesting: I don't recall any Republicans feeling that way about Florida four years ago. Funny how that works.
So now Rossi has a new angle. He says Gregoire should join him in calling for a whole new election to be held. You know, to ensure the integrity of the process.
Newsflash: she ain't interested.
I have to say that Drum's response is the most irritating. It's silly to think that one party acts on principles in close elections like this, and that the other is just opportunistic. Everyone just wants to win. It's silly to think that there are other considerations. This isn't an issue of political beliefs, or philosophy. It's an issue of partisanship, of winning at any costs. And I don't think that there's anything wrong with that. In elections, people usually make decisions based on either 1) which candidate they agree with most or 2) which party they agree with most. So, trying to win at all costs is really just the logical continuation of holding heartfelt political beliefs. It isn't cynical; it's actually quite sincere. So I don't blame Rossi. I'd be doing the same thing in that situation.