Did Bush Commit Election Fraud? (Part 2)
Monday, 30 April 2007, 2:24 pm
Article: Michael Collins
Did Bush Commit Election Fraud? Part 2
Voter Fraud Scam Fails in Milwaukee Test Market
“Voters likely to feel they’re being watched”(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – JSOnline- 31 Oct 2004)
“Scoop” Independent News
This article describes the coordinated effort on the part of the Republican Party to establish alleged voter fraud committed by Democrats as a serious problem. Despite the disruptions it caused, an evaluation of the evidence shows the effort failed on multiple levels. Yet the effort perseveres and the myth that voter fraud is rampant is promoted even today by Republican operatives and others who should know better.
The latest version of the voter fraud myth had its origins Milwaukee before, during and after 2004 presidential election. The Republicans rolled out voter fraud as a crime of epidemic proportions; test marketed that concept with a vigorous press campaign; and encouraged a law enforcement effort to catch the hypothesized vote cheaters. This effort is well documented.
Based on prior experience
, the news of impending investigations and arrests would be expected to suppress the minority vote. The Milwaukee effort, combined with others, offered to (a) strengthen the voter fraud myth as a vehicle to restrict voting by minorities and (b) provide inoculation should the Democrats or anyone else claim massive election fraud in Ohio or other key battleground states.
i know you like to point out the history of voter fraud in chicago. and i can’t argue too much. but i would like to draw your attention to the 49th ward aldermanic runoff. if there is an honest person in the city council, it is probably my alderman, joe moore. he can’t be much of a crook, he ended up 51 votes short in the primary, and ended up in a runoff with a guy, don gordon, who sure smells like a republican. his strategy on election day was challenge, challenge, challenge. he lost by 247 votes. don is contesting the election. i was a judge, and the dozen or so challenged voters in my precinct were all black. hmm. all but 2 were able to identify them selves, and were allowed to vote. now he says that 10% of voters in that precinct were invalid.
i could go on. but many things about this campaign smell funny, including rabid bloggers with a positively rovian way of framing non-issues, and a huge chunk of change from one of the swift boat funders.
so, i have to agree that there is a concerted effort to frame dems for “voter” fraud. and what better place to look than chicago? especilly at an alderman that took on walmart, the iraq war, and impeachment.
things that make you go hmmmm.