Thursday, March 29, 2007

Voter Fraud

There is a great op-ed in today's Washington Post by Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt that takes a look at voting fraud allegations and their relevance to the dismissal of US Attorney John McKay.

The fact is that widespread voter fraud as alleged by many republicans simply does not occur. We have a tough enough time getting people to go vote once, let alone get them to vote multiple times. I especially like this great line. From the Washington Post:

But the notion of widespread voter fraud, as these prosecutors found out, is itself a fraud. Firing a prosecutor for failing to find wide voter fraud is like firing a park ranger for failing to find Sasquatch.

This is true, and while the smarter republicans know that this is really about voter suppression, I am stunned by the number who actually believe there is massive voter fraud on the part of Democratic operatives.

It's cultish really, just like those in the GOP who actually believe global warming isn't happening, these people have been so brainwashed by the right wing noise machine that they are no longer capable of rational thought. As has been noted in my absence from blogging though, the world is far too complex for most people to buy into all the GOP talking points without looking like a mindless zombie, and this has an effect on all GOP positions, making them seem, well, just weird to everyday people.

It's a good thing for us, their purity is their poison, and the middle ground in this country isn't looking to swallow it.

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