Fresh Paint
Monday, August 09, 2004
Humiliating or What?
Maybe we should feel comforted, and not like the world thinks we're a banana republic (no offense intended to genuine republics who export bananas or to the overpriced store by that name).

International team to monitor presidential election
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A team of international observers will monitor the presidential election in November, according to the U.S. State Department.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was invited to monitor the election by the State Department. The observers will come from the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

It will be the first time such a team has been present for a U.S. presidential election.
Thirteen Democratic members of the House of Representatives, raising the specter of possible civil rights violations that they said took place in Florida and elsewhere in the 2000 election, wrote to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in July, asking him to send observers.
Were you aware they also sent a team to monitor the midterm elections in 2002, and the recall in California?

In other humiliating news -- for the Bush campaign -- it seems they are now forced to campaign in Florida's Panhandle and preach to their own converts. Maybe Bush just needs a little lovin' these days.
The bus tour starts with a rally in Pensacola and moves to Niceville and Panama City, all cities in the heavily Republican region, which Bush handily won in 2000.
An independent, statewide poll last week showed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry with a seven-point lead over Bush.

A Republican poll showed a dead heat.
They'll say anything, won't they?

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