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Major Garrett Minimizes The Democrats' Election Protests

Reported by Ellen - January 7, 2005

Last night, Major Garrett was on hand at the beginning of the second hour of Alan Colmes' radio show to discuss the Democrats' protest of the electoral vote. Rather than any investigation into the substance of the protest, Garrett spent most of his airtime dismissing and minimizing the Democrats' concerns.

Garrett started off by saying that the protest "briefly" derailed and postponed the proceedings, and he did not discuss any of the substance of the speeches. He went on to say that that sort of protest "doesn't happen that often but it's typically over incredibly fringey sorts of ideas... Do they have any legitimate grievances at the margins? Yes. (my emphasis)

Garrett also said that "based on all the evidence" and "all the editorial pages in (Ohio)" that there were no serious problems. Did he read Conyers' report and/or watch the hearings? He didn't say so and somehow I doubt it.

Alan Colmes pointed out that there were potential conflicts of interest, there were disparities in technologies, that urban voters had to wait longer in lines and that we must have a paper trail. "The Democrats were trying to say we've got a problem we've got to address," he said.

"Technology is an issue," Garrett conceded, then immediately pointed out the improvements on the way - no more punch cards and uniform machines by 2006. Then he threw in this faint praise with which to damn the Democrats: "To the degree that they took the risk and knew that they would receive some guff from the Republicans, I would put it up in the courageous column, generally speaking."

Gee, thanks.

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