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Xavier Hermosillo is the President of, a national Crisis Communications, Marketing, and Management firm he founded 23 years ago. He is a former political chief of staff, an award-winning reporter and photographer, and a former radio talk show host and TV commentator in Los Angeles. He has co-founded two publicly-traded companies where he served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. He has also served as a Hearing Examiner for the Los Angeles Police Commission on police officer discipline cases, and holds degrees in Administration of Justice and Business and Communications. He can be reached at

Two months after the Presidential election, someone needs to tell the Democrats they lost, because the party is in real denial and that’s not healthy for our country.

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the hot political waters of the November election, the sore losers are moaning and groaning again, making it very difficult to move our country forward and even tougher for the Democrats to win any major elections in the future.

The Demos just can’t accept that George Bush won by the Electoral College by a margin of 286 to 252 and the popular vote by more than 3-million votes. The Demos have been screaming about the Ohio results and even a recount shows Bush won by more than 118,000 votes.

How long do we have to deal with all of this unproductive whining? You lost, you dumb Demos, and you lost fair and square because you folks and your candidate were out of step with the majority of regular Americans. We should NOT have to justify how the majority voted a full two months AFTER the election results were clearly known to all America.

Denial is always tough to deal with but you Donkey Party types better get used to it. As Americans, we have learned to take our lumps and disappointments and move forward in life. We are not guaranteed total victories all the time in anything that we do. To expect a victory on every outing is unrealistic and boorish.

It amazes me how differently the Democrats are responding to the whipping they got this time as compared to how the Republicans reacted after Bill Clinton cleaned their clock in 1992. We are hearing cries of racism, and vote irregularities (all unproven thus far), and virtually every other sophomoric complaint possible.

One of the more distressing episodes was last week’s move on the U.S. Senate floor by California’s Barbara Boxer to try and rewrite the results of the election. Shame on her!

The grizzly details are that as Congress formally certified President Bush's re-election last Thursday, rancorous political theater returned to the Capitol when Boxer and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohiohalted the normally routine counting of Electoral College votes by objecting that Ohio's pivotal election outcome was seriously flawed.

The futile challenge drew little support, not even from fellow Democrats. Eighty of their fellow Democrats took a walk on the vote. Good for them!! But the escapade did give new Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois the opportunity to take the Senate floor for the first time to affirm Bush's victory, even as he stressed the historical importance of taking challenges to voting rights seriously, a position echoing that of most Democrats. Talk about politics making strange bedfellows!

Tubbs-Jones and Boxer forced both chambers into debate over November's presidential election midway through an otherwise perfunctory reading of the electoral votes from each state into the congressional record.

Under congressional rules, an objection by one member from the Senate and one from the House can stop the official certification of a presidential election, though that has happened only once in the past 128 years.

With Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois presiding over a joint session of both houses, Tubbs-Jones stood and objected when the moment came to record Ohio's 20 votes for Bush in his overall 286-to-252 Electoral College vote win over challenger Sen. John Kerry.

In addition to the political drama, the challenge highlighted the bitter partisanship that has taken hold of Congress, seemingly more with each successive election. Like the fight over ethics rules, which also happened last week, it raised questions about the ability of Democrats and the majority Republicans to work together over the next two years as they consider such weighty domestic issues as Social Security, tax, malpractice lawsuit and immigration reform, as well as debate the conduct of the ongoing war in Iraq.

While Cheney barely registered a reaction to the objection, leading Republicans lashed out at Democrats when the Senate and the House separated to their individual chambers for debate over the voting in Ohio.

Rep. Deborah Pryce, an Ohio Republican, was furious. "Their (Boxer and Tubbs-Jones) intention in this whole process is merely to sow doubt and undermine public confidence in the electoral process itself." She said the challenge is "no more than another exercise in their party's primary strategy to obstruct, to divide and to destroy.”

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas called the protest "a shame," while a White House spokesman said it was time for the country to move on, not to "engage in conspiracy theories or partisan politics of this nature."

Leading Democrats, meanwhile, seemed almost apologetic over the objection, but argued that the challenge was necessary to draw attention to voting irregularities in urban, primarily Democratic areas.

House members of the Congressional Black Caucus joined Tubbs-Jones in voting to sustain the objection, although Obama, the Senate's sole African-American, voted against it. Obama not only affirmed Bush's victory but also restated his belief that the president received more votes in Ohio. The official count in Ohio, as mentioned earlier, showed Bush defeating Kerry by about 118,000 votes. Kerry, for his part, was traveling in Iraq and issued a statement that he had no intention of joining the election protest.

In the Senate, only Boxer voted to sustain the challenge and it lost 74-1, while the House voted 267-31 to reject the measure. Talk about being out of step and taking a whipping. No wonder California gets no respect in the Senate. Maybe the Republicans will now wake up and stop pitting listless white males against Boxer and provide a challenger who can win. Perhaps someone like former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, who gave Bill Jones a run for his money in the GOP Senate primary last June, will finally get the respect and support she deserves from the Republican Party. If she does, Boxer can start packing her bags and California will no longer have to be embarrassed by her out-of-touch antics.

It was also interesting to see the Democratic Cannibals chewing on the flesh of their losing Presidential candidate. The VERY Reverend Jesse Jackson, who combed the halls of Congress throughout the morning encouraging members to support the challenge, called Kerry weak for failing to support the protest or otherwise carry on the electoral battle. Jackson told anyone who would listen that “Kerry surrendered too quickly and has not vigorously questioned this." Jackson excused Obama's vote, saying he was simply following the marching orders of party leaders.

Despite their disappointment over the small number of members who joined the protest, Tubbs-Jones, Boxer and other challengers called the day a success, saying that they had shone a light on the need for national election reform. Jackson also dismissed Republican charges that the protest was an exercise in demagoguery that actually harmed the electoral process. Even in defeat after defeat, Jackson and his cohorts refuse to take ANY responsibility for their losses or the negative impact they leave on the landscape. And they wonder why they keep losing so many key elections. They better get used to it because they are the equivalent of square pegs in a round hole nation.

In case you’re wondering about the last time the two chambers were forced to interrupt their joint vote-counting session and meet separately, it was in January 1969, when a North Carolina elector designated for Richard Nixon voted instead for independent George Wallace. Both chambers agreed to allow the vote for Wallace. The previous challenge was almost 100 years earlier, in 1877, during the disputed contest that Rutherford Hayes won over Samuel Tilden.

And as the great Paul Harvey says, “And now you know the REST of the story.