And the Republicans really pulled a fast one in Warren County, when GOP election officials fabricated a nonexistent terrorist threat to bar the media from monitoring the vote count.
But there were shenanigans going on everywhere. In what Mr Kennedy describes to "be the single most astounding fact from the election, one in every four Ohio citizens who registered to vote in 2004 showed up at the polls only to discover that they were not listed on the rolls, thanks to GOP efforts to stem the unprecedented flood of Democrats eager to cast ballots."
Before the election a New York Times analysis found that new registrations in Democratic strongholds were up 250%, compared to only 25% in strong Republican counties.
And top that off that with the outright fraud that shows that upwards of 80,000 votes for Kerry in one county were counted for Bush instead. "That alone is a swing of more than 160,000 votes," says Mr Kennedy, "enough to have put John Kerry in the White House."
A few comments on the Exit Polls from the Rolling Stone article give a clear picture of this impossibility of Bush winning and all the polls being wrong.
On the evening of the vote, Mr Kennedy says, reporters at each of the major networks were briefed by pollsters at 7:54 p.m. Kerry, they were told, had an insurmountable lead and would win by at least 309 electoral votes to Bush 's 174, with 55 too close to call.
In London, Mr Kennedy says, Prime Minister Tony Blair went to bed contemplating his relationship with Kerry.
"As the last polling stations closed on the West Coast, exit polls showed Kerry ahead in ten of eleven battleground states," Mr Kennedy says, "including commanding leads in Ohio and Florida and winning by a million and a half votes nationally."
"The exit polls," he explains, "even showed Kerry breathing down Bush 's neck in supposed GOP strongholds Virginia and North Carolina."
Against these odds, experts say, the statistical likelihood of Bush winning was less than 1 change in 450,000. According to the father of modern polling, Lou Harris: "Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen. "
"You look at the turnout and votes in individual precincts," he told Mr Kennedy, "compared to the historic patterns in those counties, and you can tell where the discrepancies are."
"They stand out like a sore thumb, " he said. And let me tell you that it did stand out but the mainstream media refused to hold the "sore thumb " up for the public to see.
So how did the Republicans explain this little matter? They said that Republicans were more reluctant than Democrats to talk to the pollster when they went to vote.
Keith Oberman was the only news person giving the election fraud story the attention that it deserved, while the mainstream press was in its usual asleep at the wheel mode, just as it has been since Bush took office.
And due to the press not broadcasting the truth, the public apparently bought that ridiculous line just like people bought the lies about weapons of mass destruction and the yellow cake uranium nuclear threat that they were spoon-fed by the press.