Monday, February 11, 2008

Republican Caucus Snafu is Going from Bizarre to Bad

Remember that Washington state Republican Chair who put the caucus returns into a holding pattern with 1,500 votes to go? Here's a little gem on suppressing votes that he wrote as a columnist for his college paper:
Our enemies are loudmouth leftists and shiftless deadbeats. To win the election, we have to keep as many of these people away from the polls as possible.

Now your average leftist loudmouth is a committed individual and can almost never be persuaded to ignore his constitutional rights. The deadbeats, however, are a different matter entirely. Years of interminable welfare checks and free government services have made these modern-day sloths even more lazy. They will vote on election day, if it isn’t much of a bother. But even the slightest inconvenience can keep them from the polling place.

Many of the most successful anti-deadbeat voter techniques (poll taxes, sound beatings, etc.) that conservatives have used in the past have been outlawed by busybody judges.

The only means of persuasion left available to us are Acts of God, who we know is exclusively on our side. I’m talking about seriously inclement weather. I want Biblical floods and pestilence.
Nice. My next question: is this an example of your average Republican leadership profile? No wonder they shout about character education so much; the seem to be in desperate need of it.

UPDATE: The state Republican Chair reportedly has ties to the McCain campaign and a Seattle TV station is reporting possible voting improprieties at at least one Republican county caucus site.

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