Thursday :: Apr 19, 2007

Ram Voting Fraud Down The GOP's Throat In 2008

by Steve

It is a basic operating principle of Rovian political theory to cover up your own weaknesses and vulnerabilities by redirecting attention towards attacking your opponent on the same issues, and keeping that opponent on defense. We know pretty clearly now what this GOP mumbo-jumbo about voting fraud was all about.

For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates.
The administration intensified its efforts last year as President Bush's popularity and Republican support eroded heading into a midterm battle for control of Congress, which the Democrats won.
Facing nationwide voter registration drives by Democratic-leaning groups, the administration alleged widespread election fraud and endorsed proposals for tougher state and federal voter identification laws. Presidential political adviser Karl Rove alluded to the strategy in April 2006 when he railed about voter fraud in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association.

Leave it to McClatchy to tackle a story head on which the Post and Times have yet to dig into.

The story goes on to document how this administration has undermined the true intent of the “motor voter” laws; used phony claims about voting fraud to authorize restrictive state voting ID laws that have subsequently been overturned by federal judges for violating the Voting Rights Act; purged experienced voting and civil rights attorneys from the Justice Department in favor of political hacks; and used the Help America Vote Act passed in the wake of GOP voting fraud in Florida to push states to set up restrictive registration systems to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

As I said at the outset of this federal attorney sacking debacle and again later, if the GOP really wants to make this issue all about voting fraud, then the Democrats should oblige them by turning the sunlight of many congressional oversight hearings upon the GOP’s voting fraud and vote disenfranchisement activities these last six years. Democrats should turn the issue against the GOP by highlighting all these activities and push for a 2008 Voting Rights Act that reverses or significantly amends the HAVA and makes election integrity and vote disenfranchisement a major issue in the 2008 election.

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