Thursday, October 14, 2004

"Pre-emptive" Claims of Voter Intimidation

An election day manual released by the Kerry/Edwards campaign in Colorado urges election operatives to "declare voter intimidation -- even if none exists" DRUDGE reports.

A look at the actual page, as posted by Drudge, however makes it clear that the DNC is not exactly encouraging false reports, but not by much. The relevant passage:
  • Issue a press release

I. Reviewing Republican tactic[sic] used in the past in you area or state
II. Quoting party/minority/civil rights leadership as denouncing tactics that discourage people from voting

  • Prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; provide talking points
  • Place stories in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics
  • Warn local newspapers not to accept advertising that is not properly disclaimed or that contains false warnings about voting requirements and/or what will happen at the polls

(my transcription from Drudge)

The "pre-emptive strike" referred to above appears to advise Democratic operatives to lay the groundwork for such charges post-election by giving anyone willing to claim intimidation a ready-made script; "this is how they'll try to stop you from voting" (menacing state troopers anyone?). Florida still looms large in Democratic mythology despite a thorough debunking. While not outright fraud, this could be seen as something close to aiding and abetting.

With the race as close as currently forecast, it seems that the Democrats are relying on the twin pillars of stuffing the ballot box and crying intimidation to give them an edge.

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The Kerry Spot

Most people would say, "if no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet... then maybe intimidation isn't going on." But to the DNC, it's just a sign that it hasn't happened yet. And it is an opportunity to "launch a pre-emptive strike," complaining of voter intimidation. Folks, this is the boy who cried wolf.

Apparently there need not be evidence of wrongdoing for these folks to accuse others of wrongdoing.
Vodkapundit
If Drudge has it right, then the Kerry-Edwards campaign is going to do its damnedest to turn our fine nation into a banana republic.

To these guys, winning office is more important than the sanctity of elections. Holding power is more important than the Constitution. Much as I despise at least half of what most Republicans stand for, they don't seem nearly as willing to trash the system they're trying to run. Too many Democrats, especially at the national level, just don't care that our system, our nation is far more important than any single election.
Blogs For Bush
One has to wonder just how many Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters out there are also getting turned off by the relentless hate-mongering and political dirty tricks the Democrats are up to these days. My bet is that its a substantial number - after all, here we are in the homestretch and from polling I've seen, Kerry has yet to crack 90% in support from Democrats. In addition to those like Mr. Stephens who will actually go vote Republican to punish the Democrats, how many will just stay home out of disgust?
Captain's Quarters
Just when I thought I'd seen and heard everything in this election cycle -- a major party candidate trucking in urban legends, party chairman engaging in transparent smear campaigns, and broadcast networks publishing fraudulent stories to unseat a sitting president -- the Democrats manage to create one more surprise.