The good news is that a US Senator stood up to protest the Ohio voting irregularities and force a debate in both the Senate and the House. The Democrats filing the objection were California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. It is only the second such objection in US history, the previous occasion being the infamously irregular 1877 election contest between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes.
The bad news is that only one Senator objected, and other Democrats still intend to OK the Ohio vote. In any case, Republicans control both chambers so Bush is still likely to be certified the winner of the Nov. 2 vote.
One can only wonder whether Bush will even be told about the delay in certifying his win. He's already said he doesn't bother reading newspapers, and now Chris Nelson, a former Capitol Hill staffer and UPI reporter, has leaked insider details saying that Bush doesn't even want to be told the bad news any more:
There is rising concern amongst senior officials that President Bush does not grasp the increasingly grim reality of the security situation in Iraq because he refuses to listen to that type of information. Our sources say that attempts to brief Bush on various grim realities have been personally rebuffed by the President, who actually says that he does not want to hear “bad news.”Sounds a lot like our "good news only" friends from Iraq The Model, doesn't it? Also reminds me of Australian PM John Howard, whose standard defence when things go wrong is: "Nobody told me."
Rather, Bush makes clear that all he wants are progress reports, where they exist, and those facts which seem to support his declared mission in Iraq...building democracy. “That's all he wants to hear about,” we have been told. So “in” are the latest totals on school openings, and “out” are reports from senior US military commanders (and those intelligence experts still on the job) that they see an insurgency becoming increasingly effective, and their projection that “it will just get worse.”
Our sources are firm in that they conclude this “good news only” directive comes from Bush himself; that is, it is not a trap or cocoon thrown around the President by National Security Advisor Rice, Vice President Cheney, and DOD Secretary Rumsfeld. In any event, whether self-imposed, or due to manipulation by irresponsible subordinates, the information/intelligence vacuum at the highest levels of the White House increasingly frightens those officials interested in objective assessment, and not just selling a political message.