Damn those chads
-- the bane of the 2000 presidential election and
now Daily RFT's inaugural vote for Ass Clown of the Year.
Only this time it was the capital "Chad" (as in yours truly, the author of this here post) who's most to blame for the snafus associated with last week's Ass Clown of the Year
In my haste to draft the ballot prior to the winter holidays, I forgot to include one very obvious candidate. I'm talking about Post-Dispatch
online editor Kurt Greenbaum
who incited the ire of the Internets
when he outed a commenter for leaving a naughty word
on the newspaper's website forum in November. The commenter later resigned his job when his employer (contacted by Greenbaum) confronted him for posting the word -- which Greenbaum referred to as "vulgar expression for a part of a woman's anatomy"
-- from a computer at work.
Based on the number of write-in votes that Greenbaum received
, it's clear he would have been a very strong contender for Ass Clown of the Year.
Still, Greenbaum would not have won.
Why do I say that?
Because, my friends, the vote was rigged. As you can see from the results below, someone who really, really dislikes Milton "Skip" Ohlsen
was somehow able to override the safeguard that was supposed to ensure just one vote per IP address. The hacker was then able to vote for Ohlsen a mere 9,000+ times.
Anyhoo, you can take a look once more at all the candidates here
, and then decide in your heart-of-hearts who the winner should be.
In the meantime, I'm hopping the next flight to North Korea where the eminent Kim Jong-il has promised to give me a lesson on how to run a fair and indisputable election.