“This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers; this has to do with their fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the [Obama] administration...My fellow conservatives on the commission had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down and really damage the president.
It's yet another example of Republicans building a strawman and conservatives being so eager to believe ill about liberals (and minorities) that they engage in no fact-checking whatsoever.
As in elections before, the "voter fraud" and "voter intimidation" meme foisted on us by the Republicans/Tea Party is a strawman of epic scale. There might be a handful of individual voters who do so (like Ann Coulter), but there is no evidence whatsoever that there is ANY organized effort by the Democrats or anyone on the left to commit voting fraud! NO evidence at all!
But there's a wealth of evidence of deliberate voter suppression by the Right. And why do they do this?
It's right here, complete with a link to a 40-second video, where Heritage Foundation founder Paul Weyrich gave a speech in 1980 to fifteen thousand Baptist preachers in Dallas. The audience included Ronald Reagan and Jerry Falwell. During that speech, he says:
"I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."
Last I recall, we should encourage everyone to vote. But the Republicans/Tea Party don't see it that way. They want to stop us from voting...and at the same time spread fear among their faithful with blatantly false accusations about Democratic voting fraud.
I wish that the author to whom I referred at the beginning of this article would learn to differentiate between accusations and evidence. His article—as with nearly all the Republican accusations about Democratic voting fraud—contains accusations (and even adds to those accusations) but contains NO evidence. He, like most of the rest of the Right, will ignore the fact that there is no evidence to support their accusations...because they like to hear such accusations against those the Republicans oppose, and as a result those accusations are all they need to hear, as long as the accusations support their preconceived notions about the Democratic party and liberals in general.