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Monday, November 26, 2012

Florida Republicans Admit That Voter Suppression Was the Goal

Posted by on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Technically, this isn't news—we've been telling you the truth about these laws from the very beginning—but it's nice to hear former Republicans admitting the obvious, I guess:

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

 

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Pope Peabrain 1
Why do people vote for these guys? I mean, the things they do are antithetical to everything that America stands for.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
treacle 2
GOP will eat itself...

@1, ha! they are against America... perhaps that's why their current color is the color of the RED COMMUNISTS.
Posted by treacle on November 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
Absolutely despicable behavior. To cheat people out of their right to choose the leaders of their nation, simply because they want power... the people responsible for this should lose their United States citizenship permanently.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
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They're not only treacherous, but they're remarkably incompetent: Obama won Florida.
Posted by Clayton on November 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM · Report this
bgk 5
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Posted by bgk on November 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
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So glad they lost and that Florida went for Obama.

Too bad, douchebags. Try again fools.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on November 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 7
@1 Reading our resident trolls should give you a good idea. This country is full of those idiots. They have their reductive model of the world, and they're not interested in changing it.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
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Point out that this is some fascist type shit, and everyone yells "Goodwin" at you...
Posted by mubhappy on November 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
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@1
Because sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.
And if that omelet is "traditional America" then those eggs will be the rights of some blacks and hispanics and poor people that you (as a Real American) probably don't know.
Once the country is restored to the former glory that it never lost but has been fighting to keep then we can look at making sure that everyone knows how to vote.

I'm serious.
It's a case of "the ends justify the means".
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on November 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 10
@8 You'll live. Keep trying.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 11
@1 Conservatives constantly complain about "government waste and fraud." Conservatives in Florida elected as governor a jackass who presided over the greatest Medicare fraud ever (at least as of that time).

To paraphrase Orwell: Voters are stupid, and conservative voters are more stupid than others. Seems appropriate, since FauxNewzSalts is about the most Orwellian thing I can imagine.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 26, 2012 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 12
@ 8, it helps if a) you make sure you're articulate when making the comparison and b) end it with something like "It ain't Godwins when it's a legit comparison." Godwin's Law was about people calling each other "nazi" on the boards, not about real parallels between the actions of one party in America and another in 1930's Germany.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
MrBaker 13
Charlie Crist, the next governor of Florida.
A little honesty might be a refreshing change for the Republican Party.
Posted by MrBaker http://manywordsforrain.blogspot.com/ on November 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
SPG 14
Only wealthy white landowning men were allowed to vote when this country was founded and the GOP wants to go back to that model. That's the founding father's original intent, right?
If they could get slavery reinstated they'd do that too.
Posted by SPG on November 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM · Report this
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1 Man
1 Vote
1 Unlocked Go Phone

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 16
Photo ID at least has some actual fraud-fighting utility Republicans can point to. Sure, it would disenfranchise thousands of voters for each case of in-person fraud it prevented, but at least there is a plausible dotted line between the lack of a photo-ID requirement and fraud to give them cover.

But how are the Republicans trying to sell restricting early voting? There's no dotted line to fraud there at all. But there is a vividly clear one between it and six-hour lines on election day (just in the blue districts, of course).

To be a modern Republican is to support winning at all cost, even if that means cheating to win. Who can proudly claim to be a Republican when this is their party's tactic?

I know there are Republican commenters here. I'm interested: how does this make you feel about your party?
Posted by Free Lunch on November 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM · Report this
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@14, and I think they had to own a certain amount of land, to avoid enfranchising the two-bit Crackers who owned a tiny plot.
Posted by sarah70 on November 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 18
You know you are bad when you are still losing after using hax.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 27, 2012 at 5:58 AM · Report this
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@16, the argument I've heard is that the constitution says that there is 1 day to vote. It says nothing about early voting therefore there can be none. It's a bullshit argument of course but it's the only one I've heard.
Posted by Root on November 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Big Matt G 20
Can we get some ACLU action on this please?
Posted by Big Matt G on November 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this

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