Turnabout Not Fair Play?
Dino Rossi is calling for what amounts to a runoff election in the Washington State Governor's race. Given that the margin in the last recount is 0.0000463% of the votes cast, this seems a reasonable thing to do. Unfortunately, I haven't heard anyone suggest a mechanism by which this would be legal under the current system. Gregoire spokesman Morton Brilliant said "This ain't golf, no mulligans allowed here, folks." Unfortunately this may be correct.
What really torques me though is a statement by Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Brost. "He [Rossi] wants to spend $4 million of taxpayer money for a new election because he doesn't like the results." The Dems forced the taxpayers to spend $730,000 on a recount because they didn't like the results of the first recount. It's OK when they spend your money, but not if someone else does.