Leonard Pitts, Jr., comments on the right’s campaign to bowdlerize American history, leaving out the bits they don’t like (which, not surprisingly, are the bits that give the lie to their propaganda). A nugget:
Read the rest.
The Republican gut-out-the-vote effort continues:
According to the N.C. Board of Elections, Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative group, has created quite a headache by sending out incorrect voter registration information, including what was dubbed an “official” voter registration form. But the form was fraught with errors and conflicting information, including the deadline to register, whom to send voter registration information to, and who answers queries about voter information.
The State Board of Elections says it has received hundreds of complaints from people receiving the forms. “It’s caused a lot of confusion,” said Joshua Lawson, a public information officer for the board. He noted that the board of elections works with political groups to prevent just this kind of misinformation, but Americans for Prosperity didn’t contact the board about the mailings.
Such misinformation about voter registration can be a felony if intentionally misleading and proven to suppress voters. We hope that’s not the case here. Some observers think it was just a mistake – though an egregious one.
It’s simple. Republicans know that, if people vote, they will lose. (Americans for Prosperity, by the way, is fueled by Koch.)
In Wingnut World, voting is not a right. It’s a tactic.
Same everywhere else, folks. Republicans know that, if the people turn out to vote, Republicans lose.
Via Job’s Anger.
Facing South crunches the numbers. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for more fun with figures:
- In a comprehensive study of voter fraud allegations nationwide from 2000 to 2014, number of incidents that involved someone pretending to be someone else at the polls — the kind of fraud that voter ID laws prevent: 31
- Number of ballots cast during that same 14-year period: more than 1 billion
- Of the few election fraud cases brought by the U.S. Justice Department between 2002 and 2005, when U.S. attorneys were under heavy pressure to pursue such prosecutions, number that would have been addressed by a voter ID requirement: 0
The Republican Party just can’t let go.
Chauncey Devega is blunt (follow the link for the entire piece):
First daughter said last night that, if President Obama and the Democrats are indeed waging a war on white folks, “it must be very covert.”
After the fifth investigation has deemed that the Republican fuss over Benghazi was all smoke and mirrors, Republicans are launching yet another investigation so as to stir up their base. This one will be led by one Tray Gowdy (R–Cloud Cuckoo Land).
Dick Polman’s comments are worth a read; here’s a nugget:
This, however, was the best line in Gowdy’s opening salvo: “These outstanding questions, and others, are legitimate, and seeking the answer to these questions should be an apolitical process.” Is he serious? An apolitical process? He’s just a carnival barker tasked by House Republicans to coax the tinfoilers into the party tent, to gin them up en masse for the midterm elections.
For those folks, the empirical findings in the House Intelligence Committee report (which has to be declassified by the intelligence community) won’t matter a whit. There is a “paranoid style in American politics,” as the esteemed historian Richard Hofstadter famously wrote, characterized by “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy,” and any congressional panel that fails to feed the mindset must surely be part of the conspiracy
Jim Wright also reviews the events at Stonekettle Station. Here’s a bit:
And they’ve got it.
By their own hand, from their own people.
And suddenly, the party of personal accountability is strangely quiet on Benghazi.
But then it really wasn’t the truth they were after, was it?
Jon Stewart revels in Republican lies about Reagan.
Below the fold because it may autoplay.
Dan Casey tells the story one 91-year-old person’s attempt to obtain a “valid photo ID” so she can exercise her right to vote. Follow the link and read of the punishment she was willing to endure so as to be allowed to have a say in the next election.
Years ago, back when she lived in New York, Trapani used to be an elections official. She worked at the polls when she lived in Florida too. “And I’ve always voted. Whenever there was an election, I voted.” She considers it a civic duty.
But her Virginia driver’s license is expired, and her passport is too. So recently she went through a significant hassle to get a valid photo ID, which is required of all voters under a new state election law that took effect July 1.
Republicans are betting that most persons won’t go through the trouble, allowing themselves to be de facto disenfranchised.
The Republican Party has become a vile and loathsome thing.