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October 22, 2008
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I'm sure i'm not the only one to notice today that, contrary to recent reports, attempted (?) election fraud exists.

In a little blast-from-the-past moment--the Bush Administration! (Remember them? Tortured people? Illegally pressured federal judges to leave office? Killed a few thousand people in Iraq? Bankrupted the country? Yeah, those guys.*)

One of Raymond's alleged co-conspirators, James Tobin, was a top official with the National Republican Senatorial Committee that year. He went on to serve as George W. Bush's Northeastern regional re-election chairman in 2004. Tobin was initially convicted. But he succeeded in having that decision overturned by an appellate court. Just last week, Tobin was again indicted in the case on two counts of making false statements to a federal agent. His lawyer had no comment.

Sometimes I don't think I give Bush enough credit for how closely he actually is following in Reagan's footsteps. All those potential indictments, trials, and prison sentences from an inner circle of criminals, near-criminals, and didn't-catch-me-yet'sters.

And, you know. Cheney.

On the other hand:

Conservative author and Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund points out there are dirty tricksters in both parties.

"No party has a monopoly on virtue," said Fund.

Fund has also written a book about the problem, "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens our Democracy." His book focuses on the allegations facing more liberal groups like ACORN.

I think it's important to state clearly that ACORN is the actual voter-registration group whose activities have been scrutinized and pronounced clean of intent to deliberately defraud. (Making this book a tawdry sop to the rightwingnut "base" who think the Constitution really needs a bottle of wite-out and that "liberty and justice for all" is unAmerican.)


* This guy:

In all due respect, I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about... Oh, never mind.
--George W. Bush

On 10/13/2004, Tempe, AZ, in the 3rd presidential debate. I guess we're supposed to believe this guy got elected--twice--without dirty tricks.


Update: I take it back. Here's another, although not exactly equal, case

Posted by AnneZook at 01:14 PM | Comments (0)
Spend, baby, spend!

Do you think Republican donors wanted $150,000 of their money to go for Sarah Palin's makeover?

Probably, yes. At this point, most of them would be willing to pay for almost anything that helps their standing in the polls.

Sigh. I wish someone would give me $75,000 for a shopping spree. NPR, public television, and a few favored charities have been calling me and I don't have any money to spare this year.

She has billed her home state of Alaska, where she is governor, for more than $21,000 for taking her five children on official trips even when they were not invited.

I dunno if I object to a mother taking a babe in arms along if she has to travel. (OTOH, there are a lot of germs and cooties out there--maybe the little one would have been better off at home?)

"With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it's remarkable that we're spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses," said the McCain campaign's spokeswoman, Tracey Schmitt.

Maybe because in an economic climate where thousands of people are facing the prospect of homelessness daily, where the unemployment rate is rising, and where so many people are losing faith in the government's ability to govern, the Republican Party looks just a little out of touch after paying $150,000 to makeover a woman who claims to be Just Plain Folks?

(Besides, didn't McCain say he didn't want to talk about the economy or other issues. Wasn't he the one who said this should be a campaign of personalities?)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:24 AM | Comments (2)