August 12, 2004

Election To Be Monitored

U.S. to Get International Election Observers

Yep. We’ve got a great reputation for fair elections here, and so there is international interest in helping us out. And, amusingly enough:

“OSCE members, including the United States, agreed in 1990 in Copenhagen to allow fellow members to observe elections in one another’s countries,” Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Paul Kelly replied in a letter to the 13 lawmakers. “Consistent with this commitment, the United States has already invited the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to observe the November 2, 2004, presidential elections.”

In fact, the OSCE also sent a small delegation of monitors to the 2002 mid-term elections, but the 2004 mission is expected to be much larger. Nonetheless, the 2002 delegation, which observed voting in Florida, submitted a critical report that included recommendations for improvements.

Republicans are up in arms that anyone might be watching our elections. I’m honestly not sure why since they’re surely not planning anything shifty. Ironically, it was during Bush the First’s reign that we agreed to participate in this program.

In other news Top Evangelicals Still Await GOP Invite. Falwell has not been asked to open the RNC with a “bless this mess.” But if you’re worried that Bush’s base will not be well-represented, don’t.

“We’ll have a huge presence there,” she said. “We have the president.”

Where are all the folks with extreme religious views and agendas? It’s the old “Madge” answer. “You’re soaking in it.”

[Regarding the photo above, no, Robertson is not mentioned in the post. But I can’t pass up using that picture again. For Evangelicals.]

Posted by James at August 12, 2004 3:22 PM
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The original use of that image was in this post about Robertson praying for the government to punish consenting adults for their bedroom activities which are none of his business.

Posted by: James at August 12, 2004 5:53 PM

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