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On the eve of Inauguration Day, many who voted against the president
haven't come to terms with his reelection
Baughman launches a cryptic query across the table: ''So, Marcia, have you
thrown in the towel yet?"
Marcia Osburne doesn't have to ask what he is talking about. With a sigh, the
55-year-old biologist replies: ''I think he won, but I still think it's a stolen election.
All the people who were prevented from voting -- the media doesn't cover this at
all. I have to find things out on the Internet."
The ''he" in question, of course, is President Bush. The setting is a restaurant in
gathered early Monday morning for their regular breakfast of eggs and politics.
This week, the latter is a lot harder for them to digest than the former.
For some anti-Bush voters, the mood is further darkened by their conviction, or
at least suspicion, that voting irregularities in
election to the president. For others, it is the thought that Bush won fair and
square that is depressing. Either way, they are starting to believe that, with all
due respect to T.S. Eliot, January is the cruelest month.
Yet out of this despondency a renewed activism seems to be stirring. Among
those seated at the breakfast table in
information officer at Risk Management Foundation, who is married to Baughman.
Both dismayed and energized by Bush's reelection, Thompson has joined the
American Civil Liberties
Organization for Women since election day. She has written 75 letters on such
issues as abortion and civil rights to members of Congress and political groups.
And she says she is just getting started.
''I'm way past the venting," Thompson says in an earlier interview. ''I'm trying to
look for an organization that is well organized to utilize people like me. I'm
willing to work, give time, money, go march, do whatever." She adds: ''I can't
believe I'm back fighting for issues I fought for back in college."
Andrea LaFrance, a 42-year-old graphic designer from
the election she and her friends have begun asking: ''Where can we make a
difference?" Two early answers they came up with: helping build homes for the
homeless and recruiting good candidates for local office. LaFrance, who heard
numerous reports of irregularities while working a phone bank for the Kerry
campaign on Election Day, says she is also ''scanning the horizon for organizations
involved in election reform. I'm looking for: Who's doing something? There's a lot
of energy out there to harness."
But even as they focus on the future, the past gnaws at foes of Bush -- including
Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who lost to the Republican
president in November. On Monday, at roughly the same time Osburne was
making her remark about a ''stolen election," Kerry told a crowd at
Martin Luther King Jr. memorial breakfast that ''thousands of people were
suppressed in their efforts to vote" and that ''voting machines were distributed
in uneven ways."
At least one activist who believes there was widespread vote fraud in
November is unimpressed by Kerry's salvo. ''Whatever he says means little
or nothing to me," Joseph A. Lopisi, a member of the Coalition Against
Election Fraud, said yesterday. ''Speaking means nothing; actions mean
everything. He didn't take action. He could have joined that lawsuit in
He could have put a lot of money into securing the voting machines in
Lopisi, a 56-year-old attorney from
political organization before joining the coalition, recently helped distribute
to congressional representatives a 250-page summary of what he called
evidence of ''voter fraud, voter suppression, and computer manipulation." He
was also part of a recent vigil outside Kerry's Beacon Hill home that sought
to persuade the senator to join the fight against formal congressional
certification of the election results.
That battle did not succeed. Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, was
the sole senator to join Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrat of Ohio,
and a small band of other House lawmakers in a failed bid on Jan. 6 to block
congressional certification. House majority leader Tom Delay, a Republican,
mocked the effort as inspired by ''the 'X-Files' wing of the Democrat Party." A
spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, a Republican, said Democratic
opponents were ''just trying to stir up their loony left."
Outside the Beltway, though, questions about the election have further inflamed
passions among people who oppose Bush's policies. For instance, Rick Winer, 51,
of Framingham, who sells health insurance to self-employed workers, says he
faults Bush for failing to stem the outsourcing of jobs and for catering to big
business. Citing the discrepancies between exit polls and the final results on
Election Day, Winer says: ''I don't believe the country voted to return him to
office. I feel it was a fixed election. . . .What bothers me the most is that in 2000,
not a single senator stood up to contest anything, and this time only one [senator]
As for Lopisi, he plans to continue his efforts to, in his words, ''bring Mr. Bush
and his administration to justice for stealing two elections."
He does not trust the media to do it -- ''They make us look like idiots,
conspiratorial" -- and he does not trust Congress to do it. So this week he
launched a website, www.bushstole04.com, that includes links to other
websites launched by citizens' groups that contain information about voter
fraud. ''It's really up to the everyday person to realize they're not finding the
truth from the media and the entire system is corrupt," Lopisi said.
What-might-have-beens While passions may run especially high here in
Massachusetts -- a bastion of liberal Democrats that Kerry carried by 62 percent
to 37 percent for Bush -- there are also numerous signs nationally of a
still-polarized electorate amid the inaugural pomp. A Washington Post-ABC
News poll, published yesterday, found that fewer than half of poll respondents
wanted the nation to ''go in the direction that Bush wanted to lead it." (Bush won
the national popular vote in November 51 percent to 48 percent.)
Entrepreneurs from Kansas, Idaho, and New York are selling blue or black
bracelets with such messages as ''Count Me Blue," ''Hope," and ''I Did Not Vote
4 Bush." A grass-roots movement is using the Internet to urge Americans to take
part in a national economic boycott called ''Not One Damn Dime Day." Organizers
have said they have 10,000 people signed up on their website who have agreed not
to spend any money tomorrow, as a way of expressing opposition to the war in
That issue dominates discussion at the table in Lexington, where Thompson and
Baughman, 51, a vice president at Archimedes Systems, are joined by their teenage
daughter, Sarah. Osburne is accompanied by her husband, David Rothstein, 56,
also a biologist. Jim Fesler, a 60-year-old retiree, and Jackie Fesler, a 55-year-old
technical writer, round out the group.
Their tone is, by turns, defiant, perplexed, anxious, and angry, with occasional
glimmers of hope. What-might-have-beens float to the surface: ''If 70,000 voters
in Ohio had switched their votes, he would have lost," says Baughman. Anger
surges when they discuss the Iraq war. ''The sanctions were working," says Osburne.
''There was no reason for all those people to die." Baughman calls the war ''a
recruiting bonanza for terrorists." The conversation turns to the alleged voting
irregularities in Ohio. Bush carried that key state by nearly 120,000 votes amid
reports of voting machine problems and long waits for some urban voters to cast
their ballots. Rothstein calls it ''pernicious" that some people ''had to wait in line
for six hours to vote." Adds Osburne: ''And it only happened in poorer areas in
Ohio, suggesting that it was deliberate."
Beyond their concerns about the legitimacy of the election lie a host of other
disagreements with the president. They express pessimism about the upcoming
election in Iraq, ask why no one has been held accountable for prewar intelligence
errors, and voice fears that Bush's proposed changes to Social Security will lead
to benefit cuts down the road. His educational and economic policies, they agree,
are a disaster for the nonrich. ''This incredible skewing toward the haves, getting
people to vote against their own interests: It is incredible," says Rothstein. The
president's syntax also comes under fire: ''It is embarrassing to hear him speak,"
says Baughman. ''He can't put two sentences together."
Amid the hail of criticism, Rothstein suddenly ventures: ''I have a positive thing to
say." The table falls silent. ''I think Bush is personally not a racist and not a gender-
biased person," he says. That triggers an animated discussion during which they
concede that Bush has made strides in hiring women for top positions but that his
policies are not favorable for minorities or women.
So where's the silver lining if you're a liberal or a Democrat or both, sitting under
a dark cloud on Inauguration Day, trying to cope with the fact that a conservative
Republican president is about to embark on four more years, with conservative
Republican majorities in both branches of Congress? Apparently, you look down
the road, past tomorrow's inaugural.
''Parties can self-destruct," Jim Fesler offers hopefully. ''They're pushing a lot of
stuff that could put them out to the fringe."