While heavily Democrat Palm Beach and Broward counties once again manufactured reasons to lag far behind the rest of the state in vote counting, it is clear that they cannot manufacture enough votes for Alex Sink (D) to create a victory for her in her hotly-contested Florida Governor's race with Republican entrepreneur Rick Scott.
At the end of regular vote tallying in the wee hours of the morning, the additional Democrat votes for Alex Sink in Florida's Palm Beach and Broward counties tallied well short of the total needed to trigger a recount. In fact, according to Palm Beach election officials, a "worker error" triggered a recount that was the purported reason for the delayed tally. Therefore, Palm Beach county has already had its recount!
Scott maintained at least a 1% margin, twice the margin required to trigger an automatic recount. It is extremely unlikely that the number of outstanding absentee and challenged votes that remain uncounted will be sufficient to shrink that margin to trigger a recount. Consequently, and barring gross vote-counting fraud, Scott is virtually assured of being Florida's next governor.
Given the performance of Democrats in Minnesota's 2008 senatorial contest where Al Franken was able to manufacture a victory out of thin air (thanks to corrupt Democrat officials overseeing the process) there is still a chance that the Crist administration may provide the necessary cover for yet another attempt to steal an election. Crist must be smarting from being buried by Marco Rubio in his testy campaign for Florida's open Senate seat.
Will Floridians tolerate yet another vote count circus in Palm Beach and Broward counties? Let's hope not.
One final thought. In viewing an election map of Florida's counties, virtually the entire state is a sea of GOP-red with the only enclaves of Democrat-blue in close proximity to Florida's three major universities (Miami, Florida, and Florida State). What does that tell us about the politics of college faculty and its influence on young voters? Perhaps its time Florida adopted an electoral system where each county has a winner-take-all electoral count. Such a system would eliminate the distortion created by a small handful of urban areas voting overwhelmingly at odds with the vast number of counties throughout the state. After all, our Constitution does guarantee a the people a republican form of government, so why have we become obsessed with trying to emulate a democracy?
Congratulations to Rick Scott, Florida's next governor!
Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.