This is why I just don't trust the Democratic Party as a whole, any more. (And I used to, even when disagreeing with many of their policies.) Calling shenanigans pre-emptively on every and any close race is just about the dirtiest of electoral dirty tricks, second only to Mobyish
stunts. It's destroying the credibility of the process to score cheap points, and destabilize the opposing party in the event they win.
Or even if they don't, for that matter. I firmly believe the post-mortem analysis will be, in the event of a big Bush win: "Just look at how much they cheated." For a close Bush win, it'll be "If we'd been able to stop just a bit more of their cheating, we'd have won." For a close Kerry win, it'll be "Aren't we great, we won despite
how much they cheated." (I don't believe a Kerry landslide is anywhere near possible.) The DNC is going to allege dirty tricks everywhere, no matter the paucity of evidence, and for what? To rile up the base with another
four years of "selected not elected" sniping.
I am, of course, a political junkie, and a highly partisan one at that. But I believe the sanctity of the process is paramount; cheating to win an election is not only despicable on the face of it, but disrespectful to the representative political process and its entire history. Casual and unfounded accusations of cheating are as damaging to this, the culmination of (pick a number, any number - 250, 350, 500, 800) years of political progress, as the real thing.
UPDATE: More on the pre-emptive "If we didn't win, it wasn't legitimate" strategy here
, via Betsy Newmark