During the 2004 presidential elections, Ken Blackwell became infamous for his role in helping to reelect Bush. Blackwell served as both Secretary of State and as co-chair of the “Committee to re-elect George W. Bush” and no fewer than sixteen lawsuits were filed against Blackwell for his involvement in disenfranchising Ohio voters that year.

Jump ahead to 2012 and Governor Scott in Florida is currently pulling a Blackwell: attempting to purge potential voters – most of whom would likely vote for Democrats – from the voter roles, preventing them from voting in the presidential election this fall.

According to Attorney General Eric Holder “the Florida program clearly violated voter registration laws” and Holder has properly tried to put it on hold.

Republicans, worried their voter suppression tactics in the important swing-state of Florida might be compromised, have lashed out against Holder. And they have, no joke, enlisted the help of Ken Blackwell.

A new video just released by Herman Cain features Ken Blackwell and Mr. Cain railing against Eric Holder for attempting to stop Florida’s voter suppression. You really have to watch it to believe it.

Blackwell seriously says: “As Secretary of State of Ohio, I was responsible for the integrity of the vote.” But he fails to mention the disastrous election of 2004 and the complete lack of integrity he displayed while overseeing it.

If Cain was looking for an expert on voter suppression, he certainly found one in Ken Blackwell. But I really can’t imagine who would actually fall for an ad featuring a guy known primarily for his voter suppression activities lecturing the viewer about why voter suppression activities in Florida should continue.

Like most things involving Ken Blackwell (and Herman Cain for that matter), this ad is a complete train wreck that ultimately does more damage than good to those he’s trying to help.

Here’s the video. Enjoy!

UPDATE: As a shard-eyed reader pointed out, Herman Cain’s name is misspelled in the last shot of the video. Quality work here, “Hermain”.

  • Mike Evans

    Talk about a cheesy video. Even the web address at the end of the video misspells Herman Cain’s first name.

  • Fran

    Blackwell needs to enunciate….it actually sounds as if he says,..”why is Eric Holder demanding Florida stop removing LEGAL voters from their rolls?”

  • guest

    Who’s vote did Blackwell suppress? Did people show up at the polls and were turned away because of Mr. Blackwell?

  • Courts found Blackwell guilty of violations of the Help America Vote Act. This is old news, and you shouldn’t be publishing your ignorance of it as a comment, though you are posting in anonymity as “guest.”

  • Ramona Hauenstein

    How about the underequipped precincts in heavily Democrat precincts which led to long lines and people having to leave before voting?

  • guest

    Wow. Why do you attack people seeking information. You are not a nice person. I looked into what you mentioned. Votes were thrown out which were cast in the wrong districts. The court upheld that. That is not voter suppression. I would ask again who’s vote was suppressed, but I know it would just provoke a personal attack, so I won’t bother.

  • Clecinosu

    Did you not read the previous reply? Blackwell was found GUILTY of violations of HAVA. Voters were turned away as a result of his actions. That is the very definition voter suppression.

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