Ups and Downs for the Week of Oct. 11

This is a partial transcript from "The Beltway Boys", Oct. 2, 2004, that has been edited for clarity.

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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: Let's check out this week's ups and downs.

Up: The number of pre-election lawsuits

We're not saying it's up because it's good, we're saying it's up because there are a lot of them. Election Day (search) is over two weeks away, but lawyers from both parties are already charging voter fraud and intimidation in several key states.

Mort, pray for a decisive 5-point win on November 2, either way, because otherwise, we might have four, five, six Floridas where the outcome is so close and there's enough credible evidence of fraud or something going wrong that we'll have these almost endless recounts, and then recounts of recounts and so on.

Already, four counties in Ohio have more registered voters than there are voting age residents, and Democrats never seem to accept the fact that there might be some voter fraud. They always say just Republicans intimidating each other. We're going to hear a lot of this leading up to November 2. November 2 could be a very unpleasant day.

MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: Indeed. It took 36 days to resolve the Florida challenge in 2000. We may look back on that with nostalgia.


KONDRACKE: You know, I think when this election is over — if it ever is over — there ought to be a national standard on voter ID cards, to be sure, voluntary for the states, that would prevent both fraud and intimidation.

Up: Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi

He follows through on his ultimatum to the residents of Fallujah to hand over terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search) or face military strikes. Well, you know, there is some sign, actually, that the threats and the bombing — by the United States and Marine raids that have just started — are actually are dividing the citizens of Fallujah from the Zarqawi gang.

And, you know, I think this represents the fact that Allawi's a tough guy.

Now, didn't you tell me that, that the Green Zone was safe? I mean, there was a bombing there...


KONDRACKE: ... this week that took five lives.

BARNES: Yes. Relatively.


BARNES: Relatively safe. And, look, I ate a meal there in that Green Zone cafe that was bombed. By the way, you're very good at pronouncing those Iraqi names...


BARNES: It's very good. Look, Allawi is more aggressive about going after the terrorists and, in Fallujah than the Bush administration is, or I think American military leaders are over there. And I say, let Allawi be Allawi, and maybe we won't have to wait until December or something, this will be done a lot sooner. OK.

Down: Democratic Senator Mark Dayton of Minnesota

He shouldn't wait around for his profile in courage award. Senator Dayton (search) has closed his Capitol Hill office until Election Day for fear, or so he says, of a terrorist attack.

Well, what about it, Mort?

KONDRACKE: Well, I talked to Charles Ramsey, the police chief in D.C. last week, and he said there are no reports that indicate any special threat to, to the Capitol between now and the election. And it's significant that Dayton is the only one who's closed his office, either in the House or the Senate.

BARNES: Now, why do you think he's doing this? I'll tell you why I think he's doing it: just to embarrass Bush. To show that Washington's under great threat and the Capitol is and he's not doing a very good job of protecting America against terrorism.

Nonsense. This is going to allow all his employees to go out and work for Democratic senatorial candidates.

KONDRACKE: Well, he's the lone, he's the lone one in that conspiracy, if that's possible.

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