Friday, October 17, 2008

They'll steal it if they can. Don't let them

I'm fully aware that anything can happen between now and Election Day. As Yogi said, "It ain't over, 'til it's over." Or as Barack Obama put it yesterday (Thurs.):
We are 19 days away from changing this country. But for those who are getting a little cocky, I've got two words for you: New Hampshire.
One thing that's clear is that despite the fact that the GOP would rather win the election - even if by only the slim est of margins - they will settle for results that are close enough for them to steal it. That's what they are currently trying to do in Ohio (update: The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked attempts by the Republican Party to challenge the right of 200,000 new voters to cast their ballots in Ohio.) It also looks like some more Department of Justice lawyers maybe looking for new jobs (remember the last time DOJ lawyers refused to launch investigations to accommodate GOP honchos):
Are some higher-ups at the FBI, or somewhere else within DOJ, pushing back against the rapidly growing perception that the department has launched a politically-driven nationwide investigation into voter fraud [by ACORN] on the eve of an election?
The McClone ("I'm not George Bush.") campaign's robocalls may also be backfiring:
Numerous 'outraged citizens' have peppered the e-mail boxes of reporters with complaints about a mailer and robocalls sponsored by John McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee, denouncing them as a new low in politics and an ugly, possibly racist attempt to frighten voters about Barack Obama in the closing days of the campaign.

The automated phone calls in Virginia, Nevada and possibly elsewhere and a separate direct-mail piece imply Obama will be soft on terrorists abroad and play up his links to 1960s radical William Ayers.
One thing that seems obvious truth, the Constitution, and democracy are very low on the GOP list of priorities (if they are on the list at all.)

One last note: This morning (Fri.) the New York Times reported:
Confronting an increasingly bleak electoral map, top aides to Senator John McCain said Thursday that they were searching for a 'narrow-victory scenario' and would focus in the final weeks on a dwindling number of states, using mailings, telephone calls and television advertisements to try to tear away support from Senator Barack Obama.

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