Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Does the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Read This Blog?

Probably not, but their editorial on the Washington re-vote sound familiar.

Still, we have our doubts about the wisdom of a court challenge and a revote, especially if no fraud can be proven.

Consider, first, the problem of moral hazard. There are dozens of extremely close elections in the U.S. at every level of government, elections in which -- like this one -- the "real" outcome can never be known. What should determine which of these merits a revote? The judgment of a court? An opinion poll? Either of these is a recipe not for more perfect democracy, but for the destruction of democracy.

(You can read the whole editorial here. And my familiar sounding post here and here.)

I can assure you that both parties hope that this does not become a regular occurrence.