Liberal political website Permanent Defense reminds us of Dino Rossi’s quote from December 4th: “I have faith in you, the voters of Washington. Unfortunately, Christine Gregoire has faith in lawyers.”
It is curious to see how Dino’s faith in voters has wavered in the face of adversity. But then, after watching him run to the center after a establishing a right-wing legislative voting record, his sudden conversion to The Church of Christ, Attorney should come as no surprise.
Rossi now knows that he will likely lose the hand recount, regardless of the Supreme Court decision, and is now laying the legal and PR groundwork for a contested election and an eventual revote. This is a strategy that has been planned for weeks. Indeed, when you load the elections page at Permanent Defense, it plays an audio clip from a Nov 24th KOMO TV report, in which state Republicans threaten that if there is a recount, the Bush White House will send a team of lawyers to put up a fight: “And they will be unleashed, and there will be lawsuits affecting virtually every county in the state.”
It almost sounds as scriptural in it’s phrasing, as it is prophetic in describing our current circumstances. I guess Rossi has always been a man of faith… in lawyers.