The next time you happen to meet a Republican official, ask him or her why either is spending so much time and energy in setting up new rules to discourage certain folks from voting? If they say they are merely trying to root out herds of fraudulent voters and are not engaged in voter suppression, I have a simple request:
If your Republican officials deny that their party’s sinister efforts are not intended to win a county or state for Mitt Romney by targeting minorities and other profiled groups, tell them for me that they are liars! Two Republican officials, in Ohio and Pennsylvania, have already confirmed that they’ve bought into the myth of voter fraud all the way on behalf of Mitt.
Even college students are not exempt from the GOP crusaders: In Tennessee, students now are prohibited from using their student IDs. In Wisconsin, students can’t use a University-issued housing list to confirm campus residence. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Folks, this is a desperate party, devoid of any principled ideas on how to lead the nation. No, they won’t resort to poll taxes. That would be too obvious, don’t you think? So we see a rise in photo ID requirements, shortened early voting hours and whatever other means to purify the electorate to steel the system against what Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler chooses to call “serious vulnerability.”
Oh? One problem here: In Colorado and other states like battleground Florida, extensive searches for “fraud” have turned up less than one-tenth of one per cent of questionable mischief at the polls.
As the hypnotic presumption of fraud made the rounds in Ohio’s GOP hierarchy, Secretary of State Jon Husted immediately turned to another device: curtailed early voting. That was challenged by the Obama Administration and overturned by Federal Judge Peter Economus in Columbus. Undaunted, the Republican team of Husted and Attorney General Mike Dewine promptly filed an appeal to the U.S. Appellate Court in Cincinnati, where it now resides.
But I’ve really saved the best of the resistance movement for last.
A Republican member of the Summit County Board of Elections, Ray Weber, left his chair during a meeting this week to protest a proposal by Democratic board member and county chairman Wayne Jones to restore early week-end voting just prior to Election Day. Weber said the board could not vote because “I don’t believe you have a quorum.”
Weber was acting in the absence of board member Alex Arshinkoff, the Republican county chairman, who was in Cleveland Clinic recovering from a serious auto accident. I have a strong hunch that he was still conducting official party business from a hospital bed.
The Summit Board, by the way, has recorded more 2-2 ties than any other of the 88 counties, thanks to Arshinkoff’s legendary resistance movement.
And now for the epilogue: The office that will decide whether the board lacked a quorum since Weber remained somewhere in the room will be decided by…yep…Husted’s camp.
Clip and save under Republican liars.