Monday, November 03, 2008

Political Talk: Dirty Tricks

Okay, we're coming down to the wire. We can argue over the polls all we want, tomorrow we'll see the results of the only one that matters.

What would you do if you went to vote and they wouldn't let you? What if you got something in the mail telling you where to vote, and you went there, and it was the wrong place? Or the wrong day?

I'm afraid most of us would just shrug and go home, maybe complain to somebody, there's probably a toll-free number somewhere where they'll take your comments and get back with you sometime. I know some people are predicting there may be violence tomorrow, but I don't think most people will care enough to take any action if their voting rights are taken away from them. Maybe in a few months the ACLU can file a lawsuit or something, after it doesn't matter any more.

Here's MSNBC this morning:
In the hours before Election Day, as inevitable as winter, comes an onslaught of dirty tricks — confusing e-mails, disturbing phone calls and insinuating fliers left on doorsteps during the night.

The intent, almost always, is to keep folks from voting or to confuse them, usually through intimidation or misinformation. But in this presidential race, in which a black man leads most polls, some of the deceit has a decidedly racist bent.

Complaints have surfaced in predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Philadelphia where fliers have circulated, warning voters they could be arrested at the polls if they had unpaid parking tickets or if they had criminal convictions.

Over the weekend in Virginia, bogus fliers with an authentic-looking commonwealth seal said fears of high voter turnout had prompted election officials to hold two elections — one on Tuesday for Republicans and another on Wednesday for Democrats. Onslaught of dirty tricks as election day nears

A little further down in the story ...
The Obama campaign and civil rights advocacy groups have signed up millions of new voters for this presidential race. In Ohio alone, some 600,000 have submitted new voter registration cards.

Across the country, many of these first-time voters are young and strong Obama supporters. Many are also black and Hispanic.

Activist groups say it is this fresh crop of ballot-minded citizens that makes some Republicans very nervous. And they say they expect the dirty tricks to get dirtier in final hours before Tuesday.

"Oh, there's plenty of time for things to get ugly," said Zachary Stalberg, president of The Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia-based government watchdog group that is nonpartisan.

Other reports of intimidation efforts in the hotly contested state of Pennsylvania include leaflets taped to picnic benches at Drexel University, warning students that police would be at the polls on Tuesday to arrest would-be voters with prior criminal offenses.

Twalk amongst yahselves. This is your last chance before election day. Tomorrow you'll put your money where your mouth is, and by the next morning we'll know what direction this country is going to take.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your subjective photojournalism is, actually, quite repulsive. If such pictures of Obama exist, I don't want to see them.

The source of your story, MSNBC, is so partisan that they are regularly ridiculed by liberal bastion, SNL. Keith Olbermann's over-the-top bias was lampooned in a skit on SNL Saturday night. Both he and Chris Matthews have been banned from election night coverage because of viewer complaints about their lack of journalistic professionalism.

Hillary Clinton had complained that Obama had used some of the tactics alleged here in the primaries.

November 03, 2008 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah. it's all the MEDIA's fault.

November 03, 2008 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, Notradamus predicted a McCain victory:

"Conventional wisdom picks Obama. Nostradamus, four and a half centuries ago, picked John McCain," said Dr. Hubert Evans, professor of Renaissance Studies at Yale University and author of the best-selling Nostradamus: Prophesize This!

"Quatrain 78, Century X in particular seems to indicate that Obama had better not be measuring the White House windows for curtains quite yet, at least by my interpretation," said Dr. Evans.

The quatrain to which Dr. Evans refers - Quatrain 78 - is located in the grouping of stanzas known as Century X. Originally published in 1555 in Nostradamus' still-popular Les Prophecies, Quatrain 78 reads in full:

"At the war's end
The Feeble Kept-One will strike down the Night
And his Imbecile Queen will rise from the snow
Bedecked in finery and the pelt of a wolf."

the war ending: Iraq

the feeble one: the oldest person ever elected President

his imbecile queen form the snow: Sarah Palin

take a look at the next quatrain from Century X, Quatrain 79. This, incidentally, was the last quatrain that Nostradamus ever wrote:

"In five moons, the Feeble Kept-One is no more
And his Imbecile Queen sees the Great Bear
From her backyard, alrighty, and flings giant poison arrows
And the Great Bear responds in kind, and, well, The End."

In five moons, the Feeble Kept-One is no more: McCain dies within five months

And his Imbecile Queen sees the Great Bear
From her backyard: President Palin sees Russia from her house

flings giant poison arrows: nuclear missiles

And the Great Bear responds in kind: Putin retaliates

and, well, The End: that would be the end of planet earth

Pretty creepy interpretation, huh?

November 03, 2008 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrea-not anon
I remember the dirty tricks Steele and Ehrlich pulled in PG the day of the election. I still want to know why they hired homeless guys from Philly- were they too stupid to know we have homeless guys living in Baltimore and Silver Spring and Langley Park?
While I am a poll worker and not a poll watcher- I am prepared. We have information prepared by legal counsel in the State of Virginia.

November 03, 2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Derrick said...

Why is it that the republicans are always trying to make minorities look stupid just because they look different? It is quite pathetic.

It is shameful and just right up AnonBigot´s alley.

GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

November 03, 2008 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they don't

liberals use racism as a straw man to shut down any criticism

say what you want about Obama, he has run an honorable campaign without falling to the temptation to play the race card

why don't you follow your leader?

November 03, 2008 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrea- not anon
I will drink a toast tomorrow night to Barack Obama, our new President(I'm not sure what but in honor of this very special occasion, it will be alcohol). I have supported Barack Obama since he started running for president and will celebrate the positive change he will bring to our country and to the world. I hope wherever you are when the results are announced, you will join me in celebrating his election.

November 03, 2008 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous compliments Obama? I think I'm going to play the lottery. I am bound to win some money

November 03, 2008 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Robert said...

My condolences to Barack Obama and his sister at the passing of their beloved grandmother.

November 04, 2008 4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The final Rove & Co. electoral map of the 2008 election cycle points to a 338-200 Barack Obama electoral vote victory over John McCain tomorrow, the largest electoral margin since 1996. All remaining toss-up states have been allocated to the candidate leading in them, with Florida (27 EV) going to Obama, and Indiana (11 EV), Missouri (11 EV), North Carolina (15 EV), and North Dakota (3 EV) going to McCain. The two candidates are in a dead heat in Missouri and North Carolina, but they go to McCain because the most recent polls conducted over this past weekend show him narrowly ahead. Florida, too, could end up in McCain’s column since he’s benefited from recent movement in the state.

November 04, 2008 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

I'm going to walk to the polling place and vote now, with my umbrella. I'll take a coin in case I haven't made up my mind by the time I get there.


November 04, 2008 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virginia closes at 7. If McCain wins, and he probably will, we'll have to wait until Colorado at 9 to see who wins.

Pennsylvania closes at 8. If McCain wins,and it's too close to call, Obama may as well concede.

Of course, what probably will happen is that VA & PA will be too close to call and we'll be up a while.

November 04, 2008 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"My condolences to Barack Obama and his sister at the passing of their beloved grandmother."

Do you think Obama reads this blog, Robert?

November 04, 2008 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

I'm done voting. It took an our. There was an older gentleman in line with a Ronald Reagan ship hat (his son was on it) who was a self-appointed legal and constitutional expert; except that he had all the history wrong. He was against taxes, seat-belt laws, national holidays on voting days, Maryland (I guess the whole state) and a number of other things.

There seemed to be an over-abundance of redheads in line, lots of young people, more men than women. Even though it's my neighborhood, I only recognized two faces, and those from places I've been in DC.

We received sample ballots in line from the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Arlington Green Party.

The line stretched halfway around the block when polls opened at 6.

November 04, 2008 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Dearest Anonymous, I bet the Obama campaign reads this blog just so they'll know your latest thoughts on all the issues.

I bet the pollst will be open very late in Virginia. The policy holds that if you're in line at 7, you can vote, and I suspect there will be a whole bunch of people in line at 7.

Probably the presidential election will be decided early in the evening, but I myself would like to stay up to see how Amendment 2 in Florida, Proposition 102 in Arizona, and esp. Proposition 8 in California do, but I doubt I'll last that long.

November 04, 2008 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh brother. Obama doesn't read this post. Your condolences were just you wanting to hear yourself talk.

Usually the news show will announce the result of exit polls when the polls are supposed to close rather than wait for all lines to finish.

All those gay imposition referendums are going down to defeat.

November 04, 2008 9:08 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Anonymous boasted:

“Virginia closes at 7. If McCain wins, and he probably will, we'll have to wait until Colorado at 9 to see who wins.

Pennsylvania closes at 8. If McCain wins,and it's too close to call, Obama may as well concede.

Of course, what probably will happen is that VA & PA will be too close to call and we'll be up a while.”

The loud thump you hear tonight will be the sound of millions of Americans finally dropping the ill-conceived notion that religious ideology is a viable substitute for critical thinking skills.

Have a historic day.



November 04, 2008 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The loud thump you hear tonight will be the sound of millions of Americans finally dropping the ill-conceived notion that religious ideology is a viable substitute for critical thinking skills."

You're deluded, Cynthia. Religion has nothing to do with this election.

Religious ideology and critical thinking skills are a false dichotomy. Atheism is actually irrational.

Regardless, the only reason the Republican party became associated with traditional religious belief in recent years is because of the immoral pro-choice position that became a requirement for membership in the Democratic party somewhere along the line. Other than that, most other issues are open for discussion among people of good will.

November 04, 2008 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

"just you wanting to hear yourself talk."

The anonymoid accuses me of posting just to hear myself talk. Too funny. Hee hee.

I believe it was Gandalf who said "the old talk to themselves because they want to address the wisest person present."

This will be an historic day in Virginia.

To mar that, and bring us back to reality, I see in the Post that a student in FFX ran away Friday and died in Baltimore. It is too tragic when that happens to someone that young.

November 04, 2008 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, Robert. You've conceded Obama doesn't read the blog. Why did you express condolences for a death in his family here?

November 04, 2008 3:02 PM  

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