hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002

Given that some Republican counties conducted
voluntary hand recounts of rejected ballots very early
on, doesn't this completeley refute Ms. Harris's
stated position that the only valid reason to do a
manual recount is machine error?

The fact that hand recounts are more reliable under
opti-scan systems does not matter *unless* hand counts
are done in opti-scan counties as a matter of routine,
which I doubt. If she accepted opti-scan hand recounts
from Democratic counties, that also weakens the
hypocrisy, somewhat.

But in any case, isn't this a very strong argument
that the Secretary of State was acting in bad faith,
using two different standards based on how it would
help Bush, blatantly dissembling and abusing her
discretion? Can't the Gore team call the appropriate
witnesses and use this in court, somehow?

Am I missing something here? If you think this is an
important point, please spread this around