Teresa Heinz Kerry: Election Was Hacked

Teresa Heinz Kerry hasn’t lost her outspoken way (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

What made Teresa Heinz Kerry [sic — She’s now just plain Heinz. -ed.] so refreshing to some voters, and threatening to others on the 2004 campaign trail, is summed up when THK talks about her speech to last year’s Democratic convention: “Nobody told me what to do,” she told a Saturday fund-raiser here.

To every Democrat’s chagrin, with the probable exception of the Clintons.

Heinz Kerry is openly skeptical about results from November’s election, particularly in sections of the country where optical scanners were used to record votes. “Two brothers own 80 percent of the machines used in the United States,” Heinz Kerry said. She identified both as “hard-right” Republicans. She argued that it is “very easy to hack into the mother machines.”

To say nothing of the mother ship.

“We in the United States are not a banana republic,” added Heinz Kerry. She argued that Democrats should insist on “accountability and transparency” in how votes are tabulated.

Not very internationalist to be making fun of Third World countries. . . .

Hat tip: Drudge

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  1. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘so refreshing to some voters, and threatening to others on the 2004 campaign trail’

    I’d like the names of people that found her refreshing if she wasn’t periodically refreshing their bank accounts.

  2. Ken says:

    Isn’t it interesting that Bush wins (two elections) with the pall of misconduct hanging over them? Maybe the democrats should rethink their statergy…

  3. T. Huyser says:

    GO THK!! Keep Speaking your mind!! I think more people ought to hear what you have to say! The more people hear you and others like you, the closer we are to another conservative win in 06 AND 08!! My man John(Late Sen John Heinz) is doing a hi speed roll in his grave!!

  4. J. Peden says:

    I guess Teresa should know how easy it is to hack into the “mother machines”. She probably hacked her way out, too.

  5. Maggie says:

    She’s been eating those gin-soaked raisins again!

  6. ERIK says:

    I love it…Has anyone seen a potential first lady drag the conspiracy theory into an election 4 months later…Get over it…watching the Kerrys lose their minds publicly is a very pleasurable thing…

  7. Reluctant Genius says:

    I am so glad to be an independent so I don’t have to hate half the country like you Republicans do… my business partner listens to Rush 3 hours a day… what a pure waste of time to listen to someone tell you how great “our” guys our and how stupid “their” guys are.

    Take care…feel free to hate me for the comment, won’t bother me as I understand you guys just gotta hate somebody. RG

  8. richfisher says:

    Hey so Rel G.
    Took me a while, but I get your point now,… You’re smarter than both sides or (everybody).

    “If you don’t stand for something you’ll kneel for everything!”

  9. sammler says:

    The perfect post on this front has already been written:


  10. Maddie Dog says:

    Ah – I always thought there was a MOTHER COMPUTER! I have a child computer and an uncle computer – would love one of those MOTHER COMPUTERS!

    God – to think she might have been First Lady – NOT!

  11. MichaelMN says:

    I would think that if there is the possibility that the electronic voting machines could be hacked, people should be concerned. Without verifiable paper backup, the threat of fraud hangs over every election, and Democracy fails. I would suggest some of you people get out and try and make sure this does not happen in the next election.

  12. Bill Karl says:

    She’s baaa-aack. Just when you thought it was safe to shake the ketchup bottle, Ter-RAY’-zah Heinz Kerry rears her ugly head. It seems she flew into Seattle earlier this week on her very own Gulfstream jet just to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Adam Smith. And no sooner did she arrive than the yammering began. Among other things, she told everyone she was skeptical about last November’s election results, particularly in parts of the country where optical scanners were used to record the votes. To back up her skepticism she claimed, “Two brothers own 80 percent of the machines used in the United States.” And she accused them both of being “hard-right” Republicans. Then, relying on her abounding knowledge of technology, she argued that it’s “very easy to hack into those machines.” Unfortunately, she wasn’t unable to offer any actual evidence that the machines were tampered with. Instead, using her razor-sharp powers of observation, she announced, “We in the United States are not a banana republic,” forewarning, “I fear for ’06.”

    Funny, Teresa, but the election results clearly showed that George Bush increased his share of votes by an average of 2.7% over the election of 2000. And that wasn’t just in Ohio and Florida. That was nationwide. There were no spikes anywhere. Only consistency. I guess those two brothers must have been pretty darn skillful to hack into all the optical scanners across the country and make it all look so legitimate. What will the right wing conspiracy think of next?

    Always nice to hear from you, Ter-RAY’-zah. Consider yourself God’s own gift to Karl Rove.