Why would the administration not plan to move the election up to August or September and foil any plans al Qaeda 'may' have to disrupt the election in November? I'll answer -- because George W Bush would not win. The Bush administration needs another attack on the United States to boost Bush's ratings, and thus, secure his second term over John Kerry (D-MA.)
Spain did not postpone its elections in March after 200 people were killed in explosions set to "disrupt" that country's election.
Tom Ridge's department of Homeland Security is seeking legal steps to postpone the election and "it's excessive based upon what we know," Jane Harman (D-CA) told CNN's Late Edition.
For the second time since May, Ridge warns that Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization plan to attack the United States in order to disrupt the election. However, Harman says Ridge is operating with outdated information.
Homeland Security asked the Justice Department to find legal steps necessary if an attack occurred on the day before the election, but DeForest Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission asked Ridge to push Congress to give Soaries the power to call off the election, using the same reasons that New York's Board of Elections suspended elections on 11 September 2001 after al Qaeda attacked New York City.
Doomsday scenarios are not what we expect to happen, Christopher Cox (R-CA) told CNN, however "we are preparing for all these contingencies now," he said.
Voters should be outraged that a democracy would discuss an election delay under any circumstance. If anything, the election should be moved up. However, let it be said, we are forewarned there might be an attack and yet no specific information is given, we were told that the CIA operated on misinformation before the United States invaded Iraq, Osama bin Laden is still at large, and the recent polls show Kerry stands a chance of winning should the election be held tomorrow (13 July 2004.)
Spain did not postpone its elections in March after 200 people were killed in explosions set to "disrupt" that country's election. If al Qaeda attacked the United States again, and elections were postponed, the rallying cry around Bush to flap flags on automobiles a second time in four years will certainly ensure his popularity as a patriot and thus his re-election. If the plot of this story was put to silver screen, the character who plays Bush would plant the bombs himself. Stay tuned for the casting call...
Orange County, CA
"Talk about misinformation.....are you the up and coming Michael Moore? The beauty of our democracy is you can have your opinions -- keep them to yourself in my opinion. President Bush will be re-elected despite people making up stories about his leadership. It is impossible to 'cast' another George W. Bush because he is the one of the greatest leaders of all time."
"I'm glad someone is brave enough to print this. I'm afraid that democracy is gone in the USA. If their new voting machines don't ensure Bush's second term by wiping out Kerry's votes, delaying the election will."
Troy "the Hulk" Esperanza
"You neo-losers are all alike, why don't YOU wake up and smell what a great nation we have going under Doobya? If you even use this I want EVERYONE VOTE TO FOR BUSH!!! Hes our GOD and he's knowing he must protect us."
"I'm shocked they might delay the elections. You are right, Spain went ahead as they should have, but the USA must learn from its mistakes."
"I wish someone would run you over with an SUV, see how red you turn."