The latest from the Political Grapevine:
The Internet is abuzz with speculation that there were so many voting irregularities this election that President Bush may not have won after all.
But the man who headed the Democrats' team of 3,600 attorneys, spread across the country to address irregularities, says, "that ain't the case." Kerry adviser Jack Corrigan (search), quoted by the Boston Globe, says, "No one would be more interested than me in finding out that we really won ... I get why people are frustrated, but [Republicans] did not steal this election. There were a few problems here and there in the election. But unlike 2000, there is no doubt that they actually got more votes than we did, and they got them in the states that mattered."
Other Kerry campaign officials agree.
Media Made It So?
The flamboyant founder of USA Today and former head of Gannett Newspapers, Al Neuharth (search), is blaming today's media for the outcome of last week's election, insisting, "If Walter Cronkite was around today, I think John Kerry would be president." Neuharth says Cronkite helped shape public opinion in the 1970s by criticizing the Vietnam War, and Neuharth suggests Cronkite could have done something similar this year.
After all, Neuharth blames the media for Richard Nixon's re-election in 1972, insisting, "many [reporters] got caught up in the country's apparent support for Vietnam ... They certainly weren't fair" to Nixon's challenger, Democrat George McGovern. Neuharth says the world would have been safer if McGovern had won, insisting, "The seeds for ending the cold war were sown by George McGovern."
No Cost Counseling
One day after we told you Kerry supporters in Florida were flocking to psychologists, suffering from what the American Health Association (search) has dubbed, "post-election selection trauma," psychologists report that the number of people seeking help continues to grow.
What's more, the association has formally defined the symptoms associated with the disorder — including loss of appetite, sleeplessness, nightmares and pervasive moodiness.
And, according to the Boca Raton News, the association has decided to offer free counseling through the end of the year.
Tennessee Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen (search) now says he has no choice but to shut down the state's supplemental Medicaid program known as TennCare (search) — which covers 1.3 million Tennesseeans. What's his reason?
Well, he was elected two years ago on a promise to either reform the program — whose nearly eight billion-dollar price tag was expected to mushroom — or end it. His subsequent reform plan to scale back some benefits and keep the program alive was overhwhelmingly approved by the state legislature.
But it has been repeatedly challenged in court, and Breseden says liberal advocacy groups have forced him to abandon his reform plan, and close the program.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report