TUESDAY COULD BE A TURNING POINT
IF DIRTY TRICKS DON’T STEAL IT
The polls could be wrong, of course. They could be infected with over-optimism or distorted by preoccupation with ebola, Ferguson, online beheadings, Michele’s school lunch menu, or the current over-arching Barack Obama fatigue.
Numbers pointing toward either Republicans or Democrats might be wildly off the mark (we’ve seen that before). Close races are still unsettled. And anyway, like the man said, “All politics is local.” People may hate Washington yet still appreciate how their own incumbent brings home the bacon.
On top of that, voter fraud and manipulation are showing up all over the country.
Not content to rely on votes from the dead — a dependable constituency since the late Chicago Mayor Richard Daily rallied them to swing Illinois for Jack Kennedy back in 1960 — the Democrats are exploring all kinds of creative electioneering.
The New York Post reports that…
“The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday ….”
The letters end “with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: ‘If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”
Or to put it in more classical New York terms…
If youse don’ show up at da polls, youse might have ta talk wit my brudder-in-law, Guido. An’ he’s got a little bit of a temper. Youse know what I mean?
Naturally, this novel approach to getting out the vote is only right, given the mean tactics of the underhanded GOP…
“‘This flier is part of the nationwide Democratic response to traditional Republican voter-suppression efforts, because Democrats believe our democracy works better when more people vote, not less,’ said Peter Kauffmann, a committee spokesman.”
Ah yes, Republican voter-suppression efforts. What Mr. Kauffmann is talking about, of course, are things like insisting that only American citizens, duly registered, may cast their ballots.
What shameful discrimination!
But then, having more people vote in a given district than there are registered voters in that district does suggest an unusually high level of civic participation.
Over the past six years there has been considerable speculation about how much fraud might have affected the 2008 election. And now the Washington Post has published a piece by political scientists Jesse Richman and David Earnest who describe a study suggesting that illegal votes cast by non-citizens may have put Barack Obama in the White House.
Now that’s something the Republicans ought to look into.
Anybody remember the term, “Voter ID?”
For that matter, anybody care to explore the legitimacy of the whole Obama presidency? What would be the constitutional status of any legislation signed by a Chief Executive with that kind of cloud over his head?
We might be in for some interesting committee hearings, if the Republicans are able to consolidate their congressional power.
But forgive me, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Right now, I’ll just hold onto a glimmer of hope. I hope first that the Democrats can restrain their worst instincts — which would be the best thing for everybody, after all. And second, I hope that the GOP has a big enough war chest so they can challenge any Dem win that’s close.
So get out there tomorrow. As they say in Chicago, “Vote early and often!”
As it looks increasingly like the GOP will add control of the Senate to its dominance of the House, panic is setting in on the Left. Duke University Public Policy Professor David Schanzer and a Duke junior, Jay Sullivan (presumably one of his more promising young protégés), vent their anxieties in a New York Times op-ed that recommends redesigning the national election schedule to eliminate these disruptive mid-term races.
I guess they just don’t have sufficient faith in the Democrats to end-run the election laws, because they insist that…
“The realities of the modern election cycle are that we spend almost two years selecting a president with a well-developed agenda, but then, less than two years after the inauguration, the midterm election cripples that same president’s ability to advance that agenda.”
Well…yeah. Crippling the current agenda is more or less the point, I’d say.