Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

08 GOP Strategy – Keep “them” from voting

Anyone who still thinks this election will be a matter of polls, attack ads, vice-presidential selections, or whatever, needs to read this:

As Barack Obama tries to draw hundreds of thousands of new voters to the polls, Republicans are beginning to scrutinize registrants’ eligibility as both sides draw a major battle line over voting rights

Republicans said they are particularly worried about prospects for fraud in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and are beginning to comb thousands of new registrations in those states for ineligible applicants. In some cases the huge numbers threaten to swamp their efforts — and those of state and local governments to verify and process applications.

This is their plan. They know that, if this election is fair, they will lose. So they will try to keep as many of “them” from voting as possible.

Who is this “them” that I speak of?

Take a guess:

The efforts are on a collision course with those of Sen. Obama, whose strategy hinges on the success of efforts to boost the number of first-time voters, particularly among African-Americans, and people under the age of 30.

And, yes, they’ve done it before. Whether or not you want to say that the 2004 election was stolen, you can’t deny the GOP tactics that denied many the right to vote that year:

[D]espite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots — or received them too late to vote(4) — after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states 6 was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment — roughly one for every 100 cast.(10) [Footnotes available through the link]

This is why Democrats must be vigilant this year.

Simply put, the GOP will do anything to stay in power. If they could throw every new voter registration card in the shredder, they would. If they could challenge every black face, every young face, every woman, everyone who came to the poll on a bicycle, on foot, or in a used car, they would.

If you haven’t done so already, put in your vacation time for election day if you can. If you can’t, get ready to wake up early and do a shift at the polls before work. If you can’t do that, contact your local Democratic party HQ and find out what you can do to be vigilant.

This election will be decided on how many people get to cast their votes legally. If the GOP succeeds in suppressing enough of the vote, then we will lose.

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August 12, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Ok what about when the Rethugs were switching to vote in the Dem primaries because Rush said so? Did anyone say anything about that? The Repugs are gonna try and steal this election like they did in 2004, mark my words.

    Comment by trellskig | August 12, 2008 | Reply


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