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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Preemptive Strike

posted by on October 14 at 22:48 PM

McCain calls for ‘voter fraud’ inquiry.

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Johnnycakes, you ass basket, you headlined their big event down in Florida last year.

Is this intentional? I mean, really, is it?

Posted by AJ | October 14, 2008 11:00 PM

Go ahead. Start with checking the party affiliation of those that were nabbed, and finish with providing proof that the registration fraud was performed with the intent to change the outcome of the election.

On the way, be sure to highlight how ACORN flags suspicious voter registration forms, fires the small fraction of employees that turn them in, and is required by law to turn them all in anyway.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 14, 2008 11:02 PM

Oh, this can all wait until after you're all done coding your closed-sourced electronic voting systems.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 14, 2008 11:06 PM

How about a 'Bottom of the Barrel' inquiry to analyze the slime which is the McCain campaign.

Whipping the dimmest of the dim into a frenzy, and trying to ignite the psychopaths who would actually kill Obama, is beyond shameful. It is CRIMINAL!

McCain & Palin have both entertained psychos who have yelled "KILL HIM!" at their inbred campaign events -- where only the wacky faithful are allowed to attend.

It's time for the Secret Service to launch an investigation of the McCain campaign, before it is too late.

Posted by blackhook | October 15, 2008 12:07 AM

If you can't win by cheating ... cheat some more.

It's the Socialist Republican way!

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 15, 2008 1:10 AM

This enforcement issue should be handled at the lowest level possible (along with all of the other authentication and verification procedures). If not polling place, then district, county, or state. Why escalate directly to the national level, except for a sensationalistic (and desperate) attempted headline-grab?

Posted by marcbl | October 15, 2008 1:17 AM
Posted by John Bailo | October 15, 2008 1:27 AM

I don't really care about Bailo's comments or bullshit, but he absolutely should be banned for his terrible photoshop pictures, which are devoid of any humor on any level, and obviously not intended to convince anyone of anything.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 15, 2008 2:20 AM

i do have to laff at jabailo's homegrown attempt at seo marketing, though.

Posted by mb | October 15, 2008 3:11 AM

Hate to say it but I have yet to hear the democrats in congress seriously investigate the caging of voters and purging of the voting rolls that the republicans have been doing all over the country.

This has been talked about many times on liberal radio and The Nation and New Republic to the point I am sick of hearing about it. Still MSM like The Stranger does not even know who Greg Palust is!?! So when McCain wins this by cheating (which he will) I hope you all know why.

The republic is dead; long live President Palin!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 15, 2008 3:23 AM

Hahaha, just who is Greg Palust, Cato?

Seriously, it may have been terribly irresponsible for Josh or Eli to not know about Greg Palast, but stop harping on it already. I'd never heard of the guy either, and I the Media was still sucking on Bush's teat at the time, so it's not like he got a ton of mainstream attention.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 15, 2008 4:51 AM

Just on this history of the GOP doing this kind of thing I don't know why anyone would ever vote for them.

Posted by Miss Poppy Dixon | October 15, 2008 5:11 AM

Karl Rove had a strategy for a "permanent republican majority". A large piece of that strategy was to appoint "local bushies" to the US Attorney positions nationwide, who would dutifully file "voter fraud" charges close to elections. US Attorneys pressured to file such lawsuits in 2004, but David Iglesias and John McKay, among others found those charges to be without merit, and refused to intervene. They were promptly fired. A filed in Wisconsin against an ACORN maanger was litigated, but he and several others charged were acquitted.

The republicans may not have as many compliant US Attorneys as they'd hoped, but they are still executing on their original electioneering strategy. It's sad that the credulous press can't seem to put this story together right.

Posted by rod | October 15, 2008 6:30 AM

@ Chris in Tampa...

"I've never heard of him, stop harping on it." Well, you are from Florida (ie the south) and we all know that inbreeding has done wonders for you folks down there.

But your argument rests on just ignore the problem and it will go away....

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 15, 2008 6:45 AM

I heard Anita Dunn, Obama's Communications Officer speak this past weekend and she said that on Monday the campaign was going to kick off an aggressive offensive media program to counter all of these voter fraud allegations that the Republicans are throwing out. I haven't seen anything yet, so we'll see.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 15, 2008 7:10 AM

Cato the Younger Younger vs. Chris in Tampa


Posted by chet | October 15, 2008 7:36 AM

fantastic. get all this bullshit out of the way, so when we get to the actual election and obama landslide, there won't be any second guessing.

furthermore, mccain is such a whiny little bitch.

Posted by go for it | October 15, 2008 7:41 AM

@13: Thank you. I got all wingnutty last year and wrote all the members of the judiciary committee re: Monica Goodling's testimony where she mentioned caging. They fucking dropped the ball, hard, and so has the press.

Posted by bronkitis | October 15, 2008 8:49 AM

There's an excellent BBC documentary (featuring the renowned Mr. Palast) up on YouTube right now. The upshot? The Republicans are using the threat of registration fraud such as McCain is mentioning as a pretext to throw millions of likely Democratic voters off the rolls in swing states. Even after the government's own study into the matter concluded that this "threat" was non-existent.

Always accuse your opponent of what you're doing, then hope the truth disappears amidst the fireworks. As long as the media always reports Both Sides Of The Story without regard to which side can support their positions with facts, it works every time. The true accusation and the false will be treated with equal merit, the media pundits will shrug their shoulders and say "I guess it's all a matter of who you believe" and by the next "news cycle" the whole story has evaporated into the ether.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 15, 2008 8:59 AM

Sure. Let's look into electoral tampering. Let's investigate the FUCK out of it. Might find some interesting things, hmm? Unfortunately, it might not be what Senator McCain wants them to find.

Posted by Greg | October 15, 2008 9:48 AM

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