On November 21, the Cobb/Badnarik team in Ohio filed a request in Federal District Court to expedite the recount so it could be completed or at least well-along prior to December 7, the date the election results are to be certified.
On November 22, the judge in the case denied the request for an expedited recount, based on the fact that since neither Cobb nor Badnarik had secured any electors, neither would suffer irreparable harm if the recount were delayed. The judge could hardly have ruled differently, since the prospect of "irreparable harm" is a legal prerequisite for securing the requested relief. The Kerry legal team certainly knew this. Had John Kerry been a party to the request, the prospect of irreparable harm would amply have been demonstrated and an expedited recount might well have been ordered.
Under the judge's ruling, December 11 is now the EARLIEST a recount can begin, with no guarantee it will begin even then. This is four days AFTER the challenged results are certified and only two days before the Electoral College electors meet to cast their votes.
In failing to become a party to the Cobb/Badnarik request for an expedited recount, John Kerry has proven yet again that he was in the race to lose it - not to win it. His promise that every vote will be counted may yet be fulfilled, eventually, but the recount - even if it proves Kerry won Ohio - will be academic and won't have the effect of overturning the election.
So if it turns out after the fact that Kerry carried Ohio and therefore rightly won the Presidential election, the voters will once again have the satisfaction of knowing their "leaders" are illegitimate - their grip on power secured not by the consent of the governed but only by the force of arms.
Perhaps we should be secretly grateful if the only victory we achieve is an academic one. Better an undisguised wolf than a wolf in sheep's clothing.