An Allen recount could bite GOP in the you-know-what
A commenter over at TPM has noted that Virginia Republican George Allen, and perhaps the Republican Party as a whole, may have a LOT to lose if they demand a recount.
Democrat Jim Webb is up by quite a bit more than a hair in Virginia, 6,000+ votes last we checked, and George Allen has a distinguished history of running with declarations of victory (something Webb has already done):
The morning after Election Day 2000, when Florida was counting absentee ballots, George Allen said, "we'll need to move America forward as soon as those votes are cast." ["Today," 11/8/00]So here's how TPM reader DH puts the Allen gambit:
If you're going to go to the mat with dirty tricks and voter suppression, your counting on staying under the rader and that once the election is over, folks will move on. If Allen contests the results of the election it changes the election from a single day event into a 3 or 4 week event, plenty of time to chase down those callerid numbers and phone bank contractors.Sort of a win-win for Democrats and America. (TPM)