Suspend the Elections, If you Dare

If there was another terror attack in the weeks leading up to the November 2nd elections, they might be suspended. That’s the word from Homeland Security. CNN has more in Officials discuss how to delay Election Day:

What has Homeland Security officials worried is that terrorists could attempt to disrupt the election in the same way that train bombings in Madrid created unrest three days before the Spanish general election, the Homeland Security spokesman said.

Although there is no evidence that the bombings influenced the March 11 vote, socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero unseated Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, whose center-right government supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

The country’s new government then pulled Spanish troops from Iraq.

It’s not like a pro-al Qaida candidate is going to appear on the ballots and be elected, so what’s the big deal? If anything, this kind of irrational behavior (election postponing) would lead to riots and civil war. Witness how Abraham Lincoln dealt with the same question. Angry Finger has the quote in Abraham Lincoln on George W. Bush:

“The election is a necessity,” Lincoln said. “We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us.”

Hear that? If we don’t have the elections, the terrorists will have already won, not the other way around. Considering Republicans like to tout how they are the party of Lincoln they don’t seem to be acting very Lincoln-esque in this pondering.

Officials discuss how to delay Election Day [CNN]
Abraham Lincoln on George W. Bush [AngryFinger]

2 Comments
  1. Well, the GOP Congress already handed Bush a blank check to go to war (thus, ignoring their Constitutional madate) – why not let him act as Election Czar as well?

    Ok, now seriously… They’re going to draft a plan; there’s no doubt about it. Even though they had 3 years to coordinate with the States to devise an appropriate protocol, they’ve decided to take the Supreme Executive route. (That should suprise no one)

    Now is the time to agitate. Any plan must spread responsibility for the final decision among governors, state legislative leaders, Congressional leadership, the president, and maybe throw the Supreme Court in there as well. Make it messy and inefficient.