Recount Highlights Partisanship/Incompetence/Sanctity of Elections

by Rob Roper 

Talk about a rocket ship blowing up on the launch pad! Yesterday the seven week political drama of the Orange 1, Frenier/Hatch election recounts came to an abrupt and embarrassing end for the Democrats and Progressives who insisted on making this a thing.

After wasting nearly half of the legislative session, creating a tremendous amount of bad blood between Republicans and Democrats, insulting Town Clerks throughout Vermont, defying the judicial branch and the Secretary of State’s office — all ostensibly to ensure the people’s confidence in the integrity of elections – the recount was canceled without a single ballot being examined. Why? Because the very people who arrogantly proclaimed we need to take charge because everybody else screwed up… screwed up.

EPIC fail.

And, pretty emblematic of what happens when Montpelier decides they’re here to help.

This was tremendously bad start for the new Speaker of the House, Mitzi Johnson (D-Hero), who decided the smart way to begin her tenure was with a bogus, highly partisan attempt to swipe an election from the opposition party. And, in doing so, achieved nothing but an expensive PR fiasco.

Rather than reassure Vermonters that our elections are secure, this gang that couldn’t shoot straight created the opposite impression. Are there issues with the way we count votes? We don’t know if the problems our erstwhile legislators cited really exist because they botched the exercise to find out. And if anyone had confidence in our elected officials to be fair and competent overseers of this process, well that misperception has been obliterated.

So, what needs to be fixed next? They’re from Montpelier, and they’re here to help!

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Chuck Johnson February 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

It is indeed sad to have watched the “Club” of Democrats and Progressives twist the election process. Unfortunately, we voters seem to like the shenanigans these folks pull off, all the while they profess to be “curing” all our societal ills. Why else would we keep sending these people back? Since we have now endured a decade of this style of government, it appears we are stuck with it, and the costs of it’s incompetence.
All is normal in the “Peoples Republic” of Vermont.


H. Brooke Paige February 24, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Quote the Raven, “Nevermore !”

Seems like Mitzi Johnson and her gang of thieves were caught red handed trying to steal an election. My question is what are the penalties for this attempted thievery ? I also find it interesting that so little of the spotlight is shared by Susan Hatch Davis, who’s petulant whining about having been cheated out of her seat caused his sideshow in the first place.

I hope she has the good sense to refrain from run again, the folks in Orange-1 surely don’t need a sore loser attempting to represent them !

H. Brooke Paige
Washington, Vermont
(One of the towns in the Orange-1 District)


H. Brooke Paige February 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

postscript: Of course the real attempted theft here, wasn’t Bob Frenier’s seat; rather to steal Governor Scott’s ability to cast vetoes that could not be overturned by the House !


SHAZZAM February 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Juxtaposed to the Town Hall meetings seen across the nation – where the rudeness of the Democratic party, #secondplacelosers, annihilate civil discourse with quite the same etiquette as the marching vaginas in Washington DC. Recently Mr Sanders affirmed that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The fact that the general public could care less with regard to the rape of the Democratic process, is what’s frightful.


Jim Bulmer February 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Chuck Johnson is right on about the folks on the left who get sent to Montpelier year in and year out. Ethics, honesty, transparency, integrity??? These folks should get a dictionary and spend some time in the wood shed.


Michael February 25, 2017 at 2:12 am

So sad, and so funny at the same time. What fools.


Victor February 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The report this week on Vermont Public Radio, for the few Ethan Allen Institute readers who may have missed it, leading up to the aborted second recount, was that the LEGISLATURE had demanded the recountS. In their classic, almost surreptitious way, they spun the report by never mentioning even the possibility of partisan politics. They did not say the “democrats and progressives” in the legislature, quietly ignoring , or removing, the central and essential issue. No mention of the cost to the State in time or dollars, no mention of the lack of evidence of vote tallying irregularities, or of any reason for a first and then second recount except that the incumbent left wing progressive refused to accept that she lost. It’s just another example of the decades of VPR’s slant to the left. It seems innocent enough, that I know the folks over at VPR would vigorously defend the report, deny my claim that it was biased, roll their eyes, and go on the offensive that of course this unofficial lay reporter, is a far right lunatic ideologue, proven by the fact that I read the EA newsletter. Perhaps VPR had another, more in depth report that covered all the facts, and I missed it.


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