Senator George Allen has lost his reelection. There is just no way he can make up 8,000 votes, IMO. Even if there is grounds for a recount, Senator Allen should conceed this election for the sake of the commonwealth and the country. We need peace in our politics right now, so President Bush and congressional Democrats can get to wrok governing.
One election this reminds me of in Missouri 2000, when John Ashcroft could have asked for a recount, and might have won. But he did not. The election is over, we need to move on.
George Allen needs to conceed like the gentlemen I know he is.
RedState contributor Dan McLaughlin puts it best:
There are three things Republicans should not do that separate us from our adversaries in how we handle defeat.
First, we should not blame the voters. While I continue to believe that sticking with the GOP was the right decision, the bottom line is that our leadership and candidates just gave people too many reasons to vote against them. I can't blame the voters for rejecting them, even if in some cases they took their more general frustrations out on good and decent public servants like Jim Talent. (Well, OK, I do sorta think the voters in Michigan will get what they deserve for deciding they want 4 more years of Jennifer Granholm's economic policies, but other than that).
Second, we should not mutter darkly about voter fraud, voter "intimidation," etc. Where there are specific and provable problems, as there sometimes are, we should highlight those. But we should not undermine faith in the process just on vague suspicions and fantasies that we were robbed in secret.
Third, we should not try to win with lawyers and vote-counters what we could not win at the polls. On that, I agree 100% with Leon.