So Called, “Voter Fraud” Could Be a Win For Republicans

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Voter ID coverage is raging across our corporate, public and liberal information organizations like a tsunami. ALEC got caught pimping ID laws which will successfully disenfranchise Utahn’s and others across the country who have been voting for decades, even though there is no reason to believe that more then a handful of democratic voters have been trying to vote illegally.

Just ask Pennsylvania [emphasis mine]:

As the Justice Department investigates Pennsylvania’s voter ID law on the federal level, a coalition of civil rights groups is gearing up for a state trial starting Wednesday examining whether the law is allowable under Pennsylvania’s constitution.

In that case, Pennsylvania might have handed those groups and their clients (including 93-year-old Viviette Applewhite) a bit of an advantage: They’ve formally acknowledged that there’s been no reported in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania and there isn’t likely to be in November.

Or Texas (from TPM):

When Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) will likely press him for using a Democratic-leaning firm to analyze data in the Texas voter ID case.

Smith wrote a letter earlier this month which stated that DOJ choosing the “left-leaning” Catalist to review Texas’ voter ID data was “a disturbing misuse of taxpayer dollars and undermines the credibility of the Department’s challenge to the law.”

Chairman Lamar goes on [emphasis mine]:

“Imagine the outrage if a Republican administration intervened to block a New York City election law on the basis of data provided by a firm run by Karl Rove,” Smith wrote.

As it turns out, Smith doesn’t really have to imagine much: The expert Texas used to defend their law used to work for Karl Rove.

University of Texas Professor Daron Shaw, who testified that Texas’ voter ID law “will not have an impact on turnout,” worked for both of President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns, the RNC, Fox News’ election desk and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who signed the voter ID bill into law.

Well, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez did, indeed, appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday and The Chairman opened the hearing by saying he reserved the right to end the hearing at any time. He probably should have done that before the hearing began because the Republican dudes didn’t come out looking too good.

I turned on the TV, just in time to see Representative Steve King make a total ass out of himself – something he’s really good at – by interrupting Perez, just as Perez starts to reiterate what everybody should know about the absence of voter fraud in the US. You can see the exchange starting at about 48 minutes in on this C-Span video, but the whole video is incredible.

The Chairman thinks that any true American plurality would obviously vote Republican, if only given the chance, for once. Funny thing; I thought they’d been telling us we were a divided country. I don’t know why Mr. King is worried about ACORN. It no longer exists because the Republican party got rid of it months ago with almost complete backing from the Democrats.

All this nonsense aside – and in reference to the title of this post; my real fear is that all this voter ID hoopla will help the Republicans take over the country. When the exit polls mysteriously flip at the midnight hour – literally -, the “conservatives” won’t have to thank the soccer moms, NASCAR dads, or the religious masses; they only need say they “won” because of the oh-so-clever voter ID laws they pushed through. Let’s face it, they haven’t exactly been hiding the fact these laws are out there and, in fact, the Governor of Florida, recently, shoved voter disenfranchisement in our faces. These guys are good, aren’t they?

Since the corporate voting machines are NEVER brought up ANYWHERE or ANYTIME by ANYBODY, and have been proven to be hackable, the Republicans can, once again, claim to be the “winners” they always are. Let’s face it, they got everything they wanted, even when the Democrats had all three branches of government after the 2006 midterms [please refer to mia-culpa below].

My hope is that the small-d democrats can hack the machines using only names like Mickey Mouse, George Jetson, Lassie ect… and win the house, senate, and the White House. Maybe we could then, FINALLY, have a debate about, and get rid of these pieces of garbage and have a multi-party system that makes sense.

Update: Seems as though Rep. Lamar Smith must have become ill or had some other pressing concern which forced me to edit my post. As all these opulent white men look the same to me, I didn’t catch it until after I completed the post. The man, henceforth, referred to as The Chairman in the post is actually Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), I think.

Mia-Culpa: Damn staff! Of course the Democrats only held the three branches after 2008. They’ll never see a job in this precinct again!

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2012 - 3:15 am

    You must never forget. We’ve been living in upside-down world for decades. I’m just trying to figure things out while standing on my head. I’m not saying I’m right, or that the Republicans have been planning this all along, but they are good at using their bought media to use any development to their advantage.


  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2012 - 4:24 am

    How could my staff have not noticed that Rep. Lamar had been replaced?!!

    The bad apples have all been fired; rest assured!

    I sort of feel bad though since C-Span neglected to display the name of the congresspersonages as they always have before, legibly, on the bottom of the screen.

    Austerity hits everyone except for Jim Matheson who voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the pasty white guys.

  3. #3 by cav on August 4, 2012 - 8:37 am

    I have a ‘Blue-Tick Healer’, a nice enough dog. His brain however can be no larger than a pecan. He’s pretty good at following commands, if you speak in the proper tone.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2012 - 9:07 am

    If dogs could play with matches, the suffering would be cosmic.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2012 - 9:35 am

    I hate to say that about dogs, but cats only require a scratching post to control their anger, clean themselves with their tongue, bury their poop, don’t need a collar, never run in mobs, don’t slobber, purr…

    Probably wouldn’t want them to play with matches either. 🙁

  6. #6 by cav on August 4, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    I once had the misfortune of meeting the ‘honorable’ rep(rehensible) Mr. Matheson, and I swear to Dog, if Dick Cheney had been within smelling distance, ‘Matty-boy’ woulda been humping his leg.

    These matches aren’t representative of the community what brung em. But they call it a democracy…

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    If Molly never said anything else, it woulda been enough, but, of course, she did.

    Why do ours die while theirs don’t. God is cruel.

  8. #8 by Larry Bergan on August 4, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Matheson is happy with being less then worthless. I will never understand why.


    Why not resign?



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