The Democrats know it. The Republicans know it. If there is a high voter turnout this election, the Republicans will lose. Let me rephrase….If there is a high voter turnout, AND all the votes are counted properly, the Republicans will lose. This shouldn’t be making anyone planning to cast a vote against the Republican ticket feel better.
I’ve been working on a post that elegantly ties in the escalating attacks on ACORN, vote fraud vs. election fraud, the U.S. Attorney firings, David Iglesias, the massive coordinated effort between the Bush administration, the RNC, and the McCain-Palin campaign to suppress voter turnout, and their attempt to create a monster under the bed, named “vote fraud” as their last attempt to steal this election. It culminated by citing McCain’s over-the-top reference at the last presidential debate to the fact that ACORN and vote fraud was “a threat to the fabric of our democracy.”
Then I watched Countdown with Keith Olbermann… (I throw a metaphorical pile of papers in the air). He said everything I wanted to say, and more. So, here’s what I wouldhave said if I had a paid staff, a TV camera, and the on-air presence of Keith Olbermann.
I had the privilege of sitting in on a conference call with Robert Bauer, Counsel for Obama for America on Friday. The situation, I think, is in good hands. And the very fact that this strategy, that we’ve seen before, was anticipated, and is not going unchallenged is a very very good thing. Attached is a copy of the letter sent by Bauer to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey. But, this shouldn’t make anyone planning to cast a vote against the Republican ticket feel better either. letter-to-mukasey2
The general public, while feeling a bit isolated and distant from the inner workings of the Justice Department, is wondering what to do. If there is one thing we have learned from this election cycle is that the following progression applies, when the information is correct, and if people think the issue is important enough. (Imagine a set of falling dominoes) Information > individual person > blog > bigger blog > every blog > readers pressure media for coverage > media reads blogs and gets lots and lots of email and phone calls> media covers issue > issue percolates into national awareness. Also not to be underestimated is the nice low-tech letter to the editor.
It is the responsibility of American citizens to hold their media accountable. We have no revered avuncular anchorman anymore to tell a generation of Americans a story that we can believe to be more or less correct. I don’t think we ever did. But now, in the age of instant dissemenation of knowledge, we are beginning to realize it.
So, we watch the crowds of frantic Republicans screaming “VOTE FRAUD!!!” as they tear their hair and run around in circles, trying to convince us that somewhere out there thousands of voters will risk committing a felony, and attempt to cast their ballots under the name “Mickey Mouse” to destroy America. And we watch, amazed, Americans beginning to believe it.
So if this issue is important, and if Americans who are actually paying attention want the rest of America to realize that the thing that is being stolen is their fundamental right as Americans – their right to vote – then it’s up to them to take the next step, and pressure the media to start reporting on the real story of election fraud.