May 23, 2005
The Greatest Show on Earth

The election contest is streaming live on TVW. The video is slow, due to heavy demand. Try the audio. It's also live on KVI 570.

Republican Attorney Dale Foreman just gave an amazing opening statement. One of the best lines:

This election was stolen from the legal voters of this state by a bizarre combination of illegal voters and bungling bureaucrats.
He spoke of felon, dead and double voters. But his main focus was on the irregularities in King County, such as the unlawfully cast provisional ballots and the Mail Ballot Report, which he characterized as "fraud".

At this moment there's a brief recess. The Democrats opening statement is next.

UPDATE: NWCN has a better video feed than TVW

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 23, 2005 10:11 AM | Email This
1. I wonder if Nelson's characteristic 'yawn' is as smarmy as the respondent's lawyer. Pretty high bar this guys sets.

Posted by: Patches Pal on May 23, 2005 10:20 AM
2. Foreman was awesome. As I heard the opening lines of the democrat lawyer, I recognized a bunch of table-pounding, which is what you do when you don't have much in substance.

I'm encouraged.

Posted by: Michele on May 23, 2005 10:23 AM
3. I wonder which "Civil Authority" requested the "Emergency Alert Service" during the opening statements?

Posted by: Suiattle-John on May 23, 2005 10:26 AM
4. And so why did John Carlson jump in the governor's race 4 years ago. Dale was my guy for the last three elections.

It is good to see he still has it and his abilities are exposed for all to see. He was a very effective legislator, too.

Posted by: swatter on May 23, 2005 10:28 AM
5. I'm wondering why the DEMS are trying to block the fraud evidence? I guess because there was and they know it. The paperwork couldn't be filed initially since the evidence just came out late last week. I think the DEMS are in some serious trouble.

James S.

Posted by: James S. on May 23, 2005 10:34 AM
6. felon voting... small part of that all the democrats have????


Posted by: eric on May 23, 2005 10:40 AM
7. Amazing opening statement, I smell cooked democrat goose!
The Dem's opening statements are weak and life-less no drama, it must be difficult to appear passionate about a pile of whining lies.

Posted by: Terry, Clark C on May 23, 2005 10:44 AM
8. offers a better streaming download to your computer then TVW...

Posted by: Glenno on May 23, 2005 10:45 AM
9. !@#$!@@#! I missed Foreman! The donky shyster is BORING!!! He's talking about the Republican legal tactics, and not the case.

I have 1 MB cable, and I can't even get reliable audio. Server overload! I thought that TCP/IP had "ways" of handling large numbers of streaming clients, but it's not working very well now.

Posted by: Dogbert on May 23, 2005 10:49 AM
10. I'm pulling the feed off the Seattle Times, the picture is undating rather slowly, but the audio is clear and stable.

Posted by: Snake on May 23, 2005 10:50 AM
11. I've only been partly paying attention to KVI's feed, but three things jumped out at me...

The respondant's lawyer states (I'm paraphrasing) regarding bad ballot totals...

"someone might have simply forgotten to sign the poll book..."

Ummm... they aren't supposed to get a ballot until they sign it.

"Someone might have simply walked into their polling place and and put an absentee ballot into the accuvote machine. That person is still a valid voter..."

Since there is no signature to verify that, you know that how...?

"Overturning an election will open the door up to all sorts of litigation..."

He's right, we must never disturb the status quo.

Most of his arguments are just weak. You mean to tell me the Democrat's don't have someone better than this?

Posted by: Mike H on May 23, 2005 10:58 AM
12. Is it just me or is this Dem lawyer arguing both sides on each point? He wants it one way when it helps him, the other when it doesn't.

Posted by: Scott in Carnation on May 23, 2005 11:11 AM
Now the DEM attorney is make the PUBBIE case. Didn'y he just say that this was all nonsense?

Posted by: Mike on May 23, 2005 11:11 AM
14. Interesting. He's admitting that the claims are valid for the opposition, but insofar as it was endemic throughout the state and results in a wash for the election.

Thought nothing of the sort was valid about the Republican's case. And now to find the opposition admitting that the Republicans are correct? Wow!

Posted by: Patches Pal on May 23, 2005 11:11 AM
Yeah, what he said ...

Posted by: Mike on May 23, 2005 11:12 AM
16.'s not the weakness of the man, it's the weakness of the facts/case/argument.

ya gotta admit,'s going to be interesting one way or another when all the dem participants in this angstfest go into CYA mode. It's rather difficult to hold things together when heads are likely to roll.

Posted by: scott158 on May 23, 2005 11:13 AM
17. That was lame.

Posted by: Dogbert on May 23, 2005 11:24 AM
18. Yep, Mike H, this pablum about "gee, somebody might have forgotten to sign the poll book" is pure laughable garbage.

NOBODY FORGETS to sign the poll book. NOBODY. You can't DO anything before you sign the poll book. crazy!!!!!! If this is the kind of stuff they want to put their hopes on, it's over for them

Posted by: Michele on May 23, 2005 11:33 AM
19. I think that the dem lawyer realizes all too clearly his case's lack of substance. To me, it sounds mostly like he is constructing sound bites for the MSM to run with and to buy more time (the strategy that the Clintons' so successfully pursued: Deny, Delay, Accuse and Obfuscate, followed by "This is all old news, let's just move on, shall we?)


Posted by: alaric on May 23, 2005 11:52 AM
20. What alaric said.

Posted by: jsa on May 23, 2005 12:11 PM
21. If Chewbacca lived on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.

Posted by: lunaslide on May 23, 2005 01:08 PM
22. Dale Foreman- the best Governor we never had. And certainly would have prevented 2 disastrous terms of Gary Locke. If only we had a decent primary when he ran- no Ellen Craswell and thus, no Gary.

Posted by: politicaljunkie on May 23, 2005 07:09 PM
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