A lonely Democrat voice

Democracy Guy gets it (sort of):

There may, in fact, be some mystery anti-gay neanderthal electorate that abracadabra showed up at the polls who otherwise would have not, but it certainly was small, indeed would have been dwarfed by the higher turnout in general, and simply would not have affected the election to the tune of 120,000 votes, which is double the margin by which Clinton won the state in 1992. Such voters were a ripple in the overall tide that moved the undecided electorate in 2004. We lost Ohio for the same reason we lost the election nationally….security. Not because of some Rove-ian magic wand.

It’s a shame that the Democratic Party hasn’t got more sane (and vocal) members like this, people who don’t suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Unfortunately, the Dems have been following the lead of the big-time lefty bloggers. Hugh Hewitt’s metaphor of water pipes made of lead or copper illustrates the problem:

The blogosphere is a vast set of information pipes, like water pipes, providing the stuff information/news junkies find essential. The old plumbing is still out there –newspapers, television, radio– but the blogs have dramatically increased the volume of the information flow.
What [Howard] Dean hints at is that the left side of the blogosphere’s pipes have a problem. They are made of lead. They are in fact poisoning the information they are distributing, and the consequence is the slow poisoning of the Democratic Party.

Read the whole thing.
Hat tip: Brewed Fresh Daily

Google News leaning leftward?

How is it that Google News considers Democratic Underground a news site … but not Free Republic?
Here’s what you get when you search for “democrat OR republican” using the Democratic Underground as the source. Here’s the same search with Free Republic as the source.
Just asking.

UPDATE: Looks like my chance discovery turned out to be timely. Michelle Malkin’s got a budding roundup of posts on Google’s apparent bias. Amy Ridenour’s speculation about Google’s screening algorithms sounds plausible to me, but I don’t forsee Google letting us in on anything revealing about their search algorithms. Ater all, that’s what made them so popular as a search engine to begin with, and their popularity drives their ad revenues.
Mick Stockinger at Uncorrelated observes that algorithms don’t conspire to slant the news. Granted. But algorithm writers certainly can. I’m not saying that Google did any such thing … I am saying that Democratic Underground’s presence in Google News’ search results strikes me as a bit odd given Free Republic’s absence.

Brief update from the trenches

Today I attended a three-hour training session for Republican election observers in NE Ohio. We hailed from Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Erie Counties (see map), and this was just one of three training sessions taking place today in NE Ohio alone. Although I won’t reveal any strategy or data that Democrats might find useful, I do have some interesting tidbits to share.

  • Pay close attention to news about Ohio’s new provisional ballots. Remember the dance of the hanging chads? To win Ohio without a court fight, President Bush must take this state by a wide enough margin to make all provisional ballots irrelevant.
  • The GOP expected no more than 300 volunteers at today’s poll observer training session in Westlake. Over 400 of us showed up, reportedly blowing away the attendance figures at a corresponding statewide Democrat confab hyped as a demonstration of their grassroots support. Keep in mind that there were two other GOP sessions in progress simultaneously, and you’ll begin to get a sense of the scale of our motivation.
  • We 400 observers are mostly average citizens getting involved in a campaign for the very first time. I saw plenty of retirees, college kids, housewives, small business owners, and accomplished professionals. Very few were experienced political operatives. All of us are taking Tuesday off to keep watch over the electoral process. We’re well-trained, we’re on rock-solid legal ground, and we’re motivated. Dear left-leaning friends: you’d be wise not to try any funny business. We won’t interfere in the election, but we’ll sure as hell catch you if you do. We know how to spot every trick in your playbook. You’ve gone a bridge too far, and managed to fire up more of the Republican base than in your worst nightmares.
  • Ohio law has permitted poll observers for something like 70+ years, but we’ve never used them and never challenged a vote … until the left forced us to react to their blatant intent to win at any cost. Feel free to thank ACORN, the NAACP National Voter Fund, MoveOn.org, America Coming Together, The Media Fund, George Soros, Peter B. Lewis, Senator John McCain, Senator Russ Feingold …
  • There are 78,000 GOP volunteers hard at work in Ohio. Young Republicans from out of state are knocking on doors (including mine, which is how I know) to get out the vote, and total political neophytes are burning up the outgoing phone lines at jam-packed local Bush/Cheney headquarters.
  • Democrats have filed lawsuits seeking to forbid more than one GOP observer per polling place. This is significant because many polling places contain voting facilities for multiple precincts. If the Democrat lawsuits succeed (as of 5 PM today the outcome was still up in the air), you’ll see polling places where a single overworked GOP observer tries to keep an eye on several precincts at once. That’ll be a situation ripe for exploitation by fraudsters.
  • At least one person tried to infiltrate today’s training session in Westlake by posing as a Republican who dropped in at the last minute to volunteer. His name wasn’t on the list and he couldn’t identify any references. He threatened to volunteer at the Kucinich call center unless we let him in. Odd threat for a “Republican”, eh? He left unhappy.
  • Infiltrating a political campaign carries stiff criminal penalties in Ohio. Mr. I-Love-Dennis-Kucinich ought to thank us for saving him from spending Christmas in the pokey.
  • Watch the Ohio poll results for a last-minute Democrat surge. Conservative SW Ohio and moderate Central Ohio report their results promptly, but heavily Democratic Cleveland always reports its results late in the evening and can tip the balance for the whole state. I’ll leave you to speculate about the reasons for foot-dragging by NE Ohio Democrats when they’re counting votes.
  • 20,000 Republicans turned up in Westlake last week to hear President Bush speak, and only two dozen lethargic Democrats managed to show up to protest. It’ll be raining hard in NE Ohio on Election Day. Rain discourages potential voters who aren’t motivated. Re-read all of the bullet points above and … you do the math.

Buckle your seat belts, folks. It’s gonna be a wild ride.

UPDATE (11/1, 9:00 AM): Thanks to a Clinton judge, we’re on hold. We’ll see what the 6th Circuit has to say.
UPDATE (11/1, 9:00 PM): Rock ‘n roll. Also, see Power Line for news from a blogger who’s an election lawyer in the trenches tomorrow (don’t miss their post on the limousine liberal Clinton-appoinrted judge we observers just thumped, too).

Sanity returns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit just restored common sense to Ohio’s provisional voting mess. You don’t get to vote wherever the heck you want. If you can’t keep your registration current, then stay home and let the adults vote.
Now if only we had a law requiring photo ID at the polls, I’d be much less worried about Democrat voter fraud.

Whistling past the graveyard?

A journalism professor from Harvard’s Kennedy School wrote an editorial yesterday in the factually-challenged L.A. Times. The piece makes some accurate observations on the different roles of mainstream media vs. blogs, but also takes potshots at the typical blogger as a “blustering know-it-all in a bar.”
We’ll see.