Thursday | October 03, 2002
Republicans bend the rules, so why the outrage?
Getting back to Toricelli, Joshua Marshall writes:
The money quote from the New Jersey Supreme Court ballot case came from Justice Peter G. Verniero, a former Chief Counsel, Chief of Staff and later Supreme Court appointee of former Governor Christie Whitman. "Didn't Mr. Forrester call for Mr. Torricelli to withdraw?" he said in response to a protesting Republican attorney during oral arguments. "Was he expecting to run unopposed?"The Mitt Romney angle is brilliant, and I'm kicking myself for not have thought of it myself. According to Massachusetts law, Romney should not have been able to run for governor (all indications being he was a resident of Utah). However, the MA election board interpreted the residency rules loosely, and Romney was able to stay in the race.
If Republicans were so eager to follow the rule of law, then they should insist Romney and Harris drop out of their respective races right now. But the hypocrites won't. I am at peace -- I have consistently argued that election law should be interpreted broadly to protect the voters. That calling in the lawyers smacks of desperation and ultimately subverts Democratic principles.
Update: Mike in the comments section brings up another good GOP rule bender:
The Constitutional prohibition against a president and vice president being from the same state is another one. Remember how Cheney had to run and get a mailing address in Wyoming after he was selected?Posted October 03, 2002 09:49 AM | Comments (14)