Well, it was expected that this year a senator would rise to the occasion and join with house members in challenging voting irregularities in Ohio. It was widely expected that Barak Obama would be that senator. The NY Times reports:
"I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light," Ms. Boxer said in a letter to Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, a leader of the Democratic challenge.
"The goal is to debate the issue," Mr. Tubbs Jones told The Associated Press. "And why not? We go across the world trying to ensure democracy, but there are some problems with the process in the United States."
But when the Senate voted this afternoon on the challenge to the Ohio result, after a session lasting just over an hour, Ms. Boxer stood alone, with 74 other senators rejecting it. The House later rejected the challenge by a vote of 267 to 31.Mr. Kerry, who has been traveling in the Middle East to visit American troops in Iraq, said the Ohio voting procedures raised "very troubling questions," which he vowed to take up this term. But he declined to join the protest.
Oh yes Obama has constituents to think of. No one wants to piss off a state full of non-whites, without whom Obama could not be Senator.He doesn't want to end up like Moseley-Braun. I soon expect Obama to follow in the footsteps of Harold Ford. I guess hoping for another Cynthia McKinney is asking waaaaaay to much of black folks in politics.