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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Conspiracy theorists, start your engines

U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior House Democratic lawmaker was skeptical on Sunday of a Bush administration idea to obtain the authority to delay the November presidential election in case of an attack by al Qaeda

Does the Bush administration have to completely play the straight man to every Michael Moore wannabe out there who wants to play connect the dots? One can not help but read this news cynically as the administration preparing the way for delaying elections indefinitely in case polls turn strongly against them.


  • On the other hand, what do we do if a major attack takes place on November 2, 2004, or in the day or two before? Will voting be feasible, or will we find it necessary to do as was done with the New York Primary on September 11, 2001 -- postpone it by several weeks.

    I don't begin to have an answer, but argue that we should at least ask the question.

    By Blogger Greg AKA Rhymes With Right, at 10:45 PM  

  • I don't disagree with your point that we may, in fact, need such a contingency plan. My point was that this administration has repeatedly played into the hands of would-be conspiracy theorists. Another case in point is the color-coded terror threat system. What, precisely, is the point of this system, and what good does it do to inform the public that the threat level has been raised to orange? The cynic would state that its only effect is to make people more afraid that a terror attack is imminent and thus more likely to support the party currently in power.

    By Blogger David, at 12:17 PM  

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