Today Milwaukee, tomorrow the world

Here is an excellent analysis of the Republicans’ projective strategy, of which
we’ll see a great deal if the GOP should lose the House or Senate in November.
It is the Swift-Boat Move Supreme: The perpetrators of election fraud accuse
their victims of election fraud, and the press goes right along with it.

Friends, please do all you can to spread the word about this tactic (although in
certain cases it is not a tactic but a symptom of malignant paranoia). There’s
lots of news right now about the unreliability of DRE machines, and that’s
encouraging–but if the issue is just those machines per se, and not the
fact of conscious, systematic fraud, the perps will sieze that issue too, and
things will then get even worse. So please make clear to everyone you know,
and anyone you feel inclined to contact, that the problem here is not
“lax standards” or “incompetence” or “faulty programs” or whatever,
but a deliberate strategy of national disenfranchisement.

We’re talking here about one party’s drive to terminate American democracy
(abetted by the other party, which does nothing to explain and thereby remedy
the situation). In other words, the problem is not technical but civic in the largest, most important sense.


Counting Votes
by Joel McNally

Perhaps never before in history have votes been counted so carefully without even bothering to look at which candidate received those votes.

Having faced unfounded Republican charges of vote fraud in the past, Milwaukee just completed a massive hand recounting of ballots to determine exactly how many votes were cast in last week’s primary.

It turns out that about 46,500 Milwaukee voters cast ballots in last week’s primary election, not 80,000 as the city previously reported.

The amazing thing is that despite originally being off by nearly 34,000 votes, the city’s laborious recount of all the ballots didn’t even bother to check to see whether any of the vote totals for individual candidates also may have been miscounted.

The city just wanted to know how many people voted and couldn’t believe its own computer records because of what it described as a programming error.

Read more.

  1. Anonymous

    September 23, 2006 at 2:54 am

    Don’t want to talk about those GOP vehicles getting their tires slashed, eh?

  2. MCM

    September 24, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    OK, Anonymous, let’s talk about it.

    The kids who pulled that idiotic stunt were caught and sentenced for it. I don’t suppose you would agree that the Republicans who also broke the law should have been caught and sentenced, too.

    Furthermore, those kids were acting on their own, and only in their own locale, whereas the GOP’s malfeasance was deliberate, systematic and widespread, not only in Milwaukee but throughout Wisconsin and from coast to coast.

    Moreover, that one act of vandalism had slight impact, if any, on the GOP turn-out, as the party quickly found replacement vehicles for their purposes. On the other hand, that party’s far more numerous and effective crimes and improprieties apparently affected thousands of would-be Milwaukee voters.

    In short, all those vandals really managed to accomplish was providing ditto-heads like you with an impressive-sounding talking point.

  3. Anonymous

    September 25, 2006 at 3:04 am

    And I’m saying these accusations of GOP “crimes” have about as much validity as accusations that the Jews control the world. Internet twaddle.

  4. MCM

    September 25, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    Right. Like all that “twaddle” about global warming, natural selection, or the Holocaust.

    The fiction that “the Jews control the world” is based demonstrably on paranoid delusion. The claim that BushCo stole the last election, and are planning to steal this one, is based squarely on a great deal of well-documented evidence. Calling all such research “twaddle” doesn’t make it so.

    So please refer back to the facts when/if you post again, Anonymous. Otherwise there will be no point in replying to you.

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