The Rhetoric of Election Fraud
You see, the GOP can't count on the MSM to bail them out as it did when Kerry lost in '04. No sir, the MSM is out for blood. So Republicans are taking a different tack. They're referring "their polling" and "their research" Conservative pundits refer to "their audience" and the Americans they've been talking to, a "shadow America" where values still matter. For example, here's Karl yesterday on NPR:
I see several things. First of all, unlike the general public, I'm allowed to the see the polls on the individual races. And after all, this does come down to individual contests between individual candidates.Forget that what comes out of King Karl's mouth is bullsh*t. He only needs to deflect the inevitable charges of election fraud, needs to make the victory seem plausible. Remember that as far as the GOP's concerned, there's no fraud if there's no investigation, but it's a dicey strategy because all hell could break loose if evidence of tampering (probably programmed breakdowns of electronic voting machines in key districts) shows up.
And second of all, I see the individual spending reports and contribution reports. For example, at the end of August in 30 of the most competitive races in the country -- the House races -- the Republicans had $33 million cash on hand and the Democrats had just over 14 million (dollars).
It's going to get ugly this time.
I wonder if "we" are going to let him get away with it this time?
My experience yesterday: there were eight touch screen machines. FOUR were not working. I waited an hour to actually get to a machine; and, like most people, it took me 30 minutes to vote. Several people left before they turned in their form to vote early. I have no idea if they will return.
Rove skews the message, with the very telling phrase that he can see polls that the general public cannot see (like Nixon's secret plan for ending the war in his jacket pocket). People who are more concerned about who will win "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Bachelor" will go "Okay, Karl knows" and boom. There goes the election.
And if we do not take back both the House and Senate, in 2008 there will NOT be an election.
Pam, indeed! I hope we won't but the courts are notoriously deaf when it comes to issues of "disenfranchisement" voters. Though they sometimes hear challenges before elections, after elections is a very different story.
We should rise up and demand no machines for our votes.
Sumo...you're right and usually it's by "provisional" ballot, but those who leave the polling place in frustration are out of luck.
Lew, no argument from me, but they need to be taught this lesson the hard way, I think.
This whole thing is not about the votes, it is about the counting, and the counting ain't over for a long time, unless we are will to snivel in the corner for yet another rip off.
Not me, my friend. I encourage all to take the protests to the streets, organized or not.
As well as habit forming. Until we get ALL electronic voting out of the ballot box, and vote as we SHOULD, it'll be the same story. The streets, and carrying something a lot more powerful than picket signs are our only hope left. And the second we hit the streets, you can plan on the military hitting us. There's plenty of room to get uglier..(:
Of course it is...I mean, Hillary IS running for re-election!
Damn right and they've got 2000 & 2002 & 2004 to back that statement up.
Great post Kvatch. I hit this subject hard today too.
And yep, the fluffer comment got me too. Those hilarious Ohioans! :)
Lew...I'm afraid that they're just not going to "suck it up." The power has gone to their heads and as Karena put it:
"Not me, my friend. I encourage all to take the protests to the streets, organized or not."
Olbermann quoted Stalin during one of his pieces:
"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
What's even more scary is that it might be the reality this country faces in 12 days.
Chuck...thanks. Like Betty Cracker my thoughts on this went immediately to "Uh oh, their preparing to steal the election," the moment Rove opened his pie-hole.
Mike, it is a great idea isn't it, and Olbermann/Stalin is right. Our problem is that we're letting machines do the counting with no way to check up on them.
I just read something on The Brad Blog that addresses this issue. There's documentation of actual vote-flipping on people that voted early, in a couple of instances. Here's the link"
If anyone thinks we're not in a war for our right to vote among other things, PLEASE PLEASE look at this story.
Bwaaa ha ha ha.... Called his doughy butt on the carpet.
It's gonna get uglier than Bushes incompetent grammar!
It's gonna get uglier than a Halloween carnival!
It's gonna get uglier than this; my uneven stammer!
It's gonna get uglier than a face burned by phosphorous!
Suffice it to say it's gonna get ugly and before and after.
Julien, it seems to be all they have, doesn't it?
TPM...ugly, ugly, ugly. And when it's done being ugly. It'll be ugly some more.
Sometimes I think it does just come down to the money, but other times I really do have to wonder. Electronic voting machines scare the bejeebers out of me...