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The Great Election Robbery of 2012?

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While Mitt Romney encourages the more bellicose wing of his party to temper their partisan positions, and while Speaker John Boehner tells GOP legislators to get in line and get ready to compromise, and the GOP elite spin machine prepares to unleash an unprecedented campaign of Hispandering in a last-ditch effort to save the party from the demographic cliff, the conservative blogosphere is buzzing with stories about voter fraud. Claims are being made that Obama’s GOTV apparatus was really a sophisticated fraud designed to steal the election.

There’s no doubt Democrats engaged in fraudulent actions; there have been 52 arrests so far. Heck, Democrat Rep. James Moran’s son resigned over a video of him coaching voters on how to commit election fraud. The question is whether it’s possible that there could have been enough fraud to swing the election. Presidential elections are decided by electoral votes, and the nature of that system makes it highly unlikely that fraud in any one district, city, region, or even state would have much of an impact on the results.

In order to pull off such a caper, one would require a sophisticated, well-funded operation capable of targeting districts in multiple states and key neighborhoods in swing states. One might need the entire vote total in some districts – like the 59 precincts in Philadelphia where Romney didn’t get a single vote. Nothing helps fraud like privacy, so it might help if you can physically remove the opposition party’s poll watchers, like Democrat operatives did in some Philly wards.  If you can do that, you can get voter turnout to 90-95 percent in transient neighborhoods, by having operatives vote over and over using names of people who’ve moved or died and are still registered. That’s how you can win a state despite losing 55 of 67 counties. 

But that’s just one swing state. There are other swing states, and that protects us, right? I mean, you can’t commit fraud en masse and not have anyone notice, right? 

In Ohio, voters were told when they went to vote that they had already voted, and two election judges were removed for allowing unregistered voters to cast ballots. But what do you expect in a state where more than 20 percent of registered voters shouldn’t be? There were even reports of Somalis being bused to polls to vote illegally. No wonder people are being criminally charged there. 

In Florida, large numbers of illegal aliens voted, and the military members found themselves unable to vote. In Allen West’s district, entire boxes of military votes were found uncounted. 

Those states aren’t the only ones with reports of fraud and intimidation. When one looks at the areas where fraud is alleged, a pattern emerges. Key districts were targeted in swing states, and operatives did whatever they felt they needed to do to deliver those states to Obama. The sheer size and scope of the fraud is unprecedented, but then the level of media adoration for Obama is unprecedented as well. Also unprecedented are the forces that direct Obama. We know George Soros, Obama’s sugar daddy,  instructed him to spare no effort to engineer victory, and it looks like it’s entirely possible Obama did exactly that. 

We may never know for sure, but it reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry won a race in middle school by getting a head start. Obama expects to get away with it, because he never plans to run again. 
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  • Dr Dreadful

    “When one looks at the areas where fraud is alleged, a pattern emerges. Key districts were targeted in swing states”

    A self-fulfilling prophecy, isn’t it? Nobody’s going to be too worried about fraud in states where it isn’t going to make a difference to the outcome.

    It’s rather like doing a count of how many deer are killed by cars, and finding a shocking correlation between where the deaths occurred and the location of roads.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    I notice the author didn’t look at the other side of the coin. He did not remember the poll where Romney got zero percent of the support from blacks.

  • I’m wondering if this article might also qualify as fraud. The 52 arrested were from an 8 year period that preceded this election. The names of people who’ve moved or died links to an article from 1995. The video report you provided on illegal alien voting was posted in April 2012. Your military members links to a photo, not a citation. And Allen West’s district was the closest watched recount in the country. I’m gonna need more than a fuzzy picture of some boxes in a warehouse as evidence. Your van loads of Somalis has been debunked. Your Soros story dates to 2010. This election, Soros rather famously withheld an endorsment for Obama. I can’t say that all of your other allegations are false, but neither was I able to find independent corroboration for any of them.

    BTW, this election, there are three verified cases of in-person voter fraud… all by Republicans. Republicans ‘Test’ For Voting Fraud, Wind Up In Custody. & Man admits he committed voter fraud to make a point. Ironically, by getting caught they actually disproved their point.

    And even putting aside the near treasonous GOP efforts to suppress voters this election, Democrats probably had the greater reason for voter fraud anxiety:

    GOP Firm Accused of Voter Fraud in Florida – WSJ.com.

    And this: Virginia voter fraud case expands to focus on GOP firm – The Washington Post.

    Let’s not forget Colorado: FBI questions owner of embattled voter registration firm.

    And the Tea Party Group True the Vote, made this headline: Anti-voter fraud group barred for possible fraud – Salon.com.

    And voter intimidation…Florida Voter Intimidation Is Being Investigated By The FBI – ABC News.

    And this moment of strangeness – the voting machine marks Romney when Obama is pressed: 2012 Voting Machines Altering Votes – YouTube.

    And in Democratic leaning districts In Florida, Virginia and Indiana, voters have received phone calls that wrongly told them there was no need to cast a ballot in person on Election Day because they could vote by phone. As election nears, efforts intensify to misinform, pressure voters | Reuters.

    And the wrong election date given on the spanish language mailers, TWICE, in Maricopa County, Az. Maricopa County Elections Department admits election date error on more Arizona documents.

    And blatant discriminatory early voting access in Ohio Voting time a partisan battle.

  • Romeo

    nice try but those sources suck.

    How about talking about the voting fraud from the republican side?

  • Baronius

    It seems like I always go after the new conservative writers on this site. But I’ve got to say that undermining the belief in the legitimacy of an election, or a government, is a serious thing to do. It shouldn’t be done without proof. If the democracy is being undermined through voting fraud, by all means, find proof of it. But don’t undermine the democracy by tossing around false or even unverified accusations of voting fraud. Make your case.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Friv D –

    Well done!

  • zingzing

    ombud needs an ombudsman. or at least a sense of shame.

  • Greg

    um…You sound like a sore loser. From what I recall there are many reports of Republicans committing voter fraud during this past election.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Here’s Ombud’s REAL voter fraud by those scary black people:

    Jon Stewart noted that on Election Day, Fox News report 21 times that an alleged member of the New Black Panther Party was standing outside a polling place in Pennsylvania.

    See, it’s okay with Republicans if the Tea Party’s “True the Vote” goes out in several states to challenge the citizenship and registration of anyone who doesn’t look American (i.e. white) in their eyes, but if a single black guy does it, well, THAT’S NATIONAL NEWS!!!!

  • Glenn, those Black Panthers were in multiple polling locations, and they physically removed GOP poll watchers from the premises. Later, those same districts counted 19,500 votes for Obama and ZERO for Romney. Hard to believe that not ONE person accidentally voted for Romney in a neighborhood where minimal literacy is the rule, isn’t it?

  • Any independent verification that any Black Panthers were at any polling locations? And I thought the GOP poll watchers were removed by a single tiny little Democrat woman, not a bunch of Panthers.

    Can’t even get your story straight when you’re changing it as you go along.

  • Doc – who are you talking to? I haven’t “changed” any story. And why don’t you already know this? Is your google not working?

  • Zingzing

    And now black people can’t read… Or were you trying to suggest something else? “some ignorant black fuck must have voted for Romney on mistake, it’s inevitable…” tell me you meant something different. Please.

    If someone was trying to create voter fraud in a district and they wanted to get away with it, do you think they’d make it 100% to nil? Even if voter fraud did take place, do you think your so-called illiterate hoodlums would have voted for Romney?

    you’re bitching about stuff that probably didn’t happen, because people aren’t as stupid as you think they are (on multiple counts, and even if it had, it wouldn’t have changed the result. Your guy lost, and bad.

    I’m sure you’ve looked into the voter fraud on your side of the political divide, right? The dumpsters full of registrations, the gerrymandering to control the house. None of that means anything to you? No surprise. Keep on, hack.

  • Zingzing

    You must at least know that there are news stories about the right’s attempts at voter fraud. You should confront those instead of ignoring them completely. I’ve been a journalist in my time, and I know that I’d be damned if I didn’t present the other side of the story when dealing with political issues. It’s awful to see hacks whacking out one-sided articles as if they were true without one bit of shame or some sense of critical doubt. The Internet is a place for ideas, but this kind of bullshit services no one who wants to know the true state of affairs. You should be ashamed that your “name” is connected with this. Make it a point to try to enlighten people, but don’t do it from such an obviously slanted blind spot that does no good for anyone. You’re just broadcasting your conspiracy theory, and no one gives a shit. look at both sides, take it apart and come up with something useful instead of this drivel.

  • Cindy

    Ombud has no shame. Since he knows he is “right”, he can lie with self-impunity. It’s sort of like if he were a scientist, he could just fake his experimental results because he “just knows” they would end up being correct anyway.

    He is the most dangerous sort of non-thinker.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Um, Ombud – read much?

    Did you actually READ the article you linked to? It NEVER says that the Black Panthers removed ANYBODY. It says:

    There are reports of Black Panthers at polling stations in Philly as well as Obama posters in another polling place.

    Were these reports confirmed? Not in the least. Your reference gives a photo of what the article SAYS is an election judge in Chicago wearing an Obama hat…but there’s ZERO confirmation of ANYthing. There’s ZERO confirmation in your reference that there were Black Panthers anywhere. Most of what your article had was hearsay.

    There has, as far as I’ve seen, only ONE Black Panther (which was confirmed by Fox News) – who, btw, did absolutely nothing but stand there. But I get it – he was a Really Scary black man just standing there, so that’s NATIONAL NEWS.

    Here’s a clue for you, Ombud – you’ve GOT to be able to CONFIRM what you read. You can’t just take “someone says” or “there are reports of” as gospel. If you can’t confirm it, don’t post it.

    Now, as to why there were precincts where zero blacks voted for Romney – ready to hear the OTHER side of the story? Are you really? Here’s a clue – it has a LOT to do with Mormonism.

    A close friend of ours – she’s black – remembers quite clearly when she was a little girl in the early 1960’s. It was the days of the Civil Rights movement and she was talking to some Mormon missionaries. She asked them – as little kids are wont to do – “Do black people go to heaven?” Their reply was “Yes, but you go to dog-and-cat heaven.”

    Of course that’s not exactly Mormon doctrine, and it’s certainly not verifiable…but where did that kind of attitude come from? Read on:

    Are you aware that until 1978, blacks were not permitted to enter the Mormon priesthood? Well, in the beginning of Mormonism, they apparently were. This is despite this particular line from the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible:

    And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.

    Then along came someone named Brigham Young. Ever hear of Brigham Young? You know, the guy who is called the ‘Mormon Moses’, who took over leadership of the LDS after Joseph Smith died. From the Wikipedia article on Black people and Mormonism:

    On January 16, 1852 Young made a pronouncement to the Utah Territorial Legislature stating that “any man having one drop of the seed of [Cain] … in him cannot hold the priesthood and if no other Prophet ever spake it before I will say it now in the name of Jesus Christ I know it is true and others know it.”
    A similar statement by Young was recorded on February 13, 1849. The statement – which refers to the Curse of Cain – was given in response to a question asking about the African’s chances for redemption. Young responded, “The Lord had cursed Cain’s seed with blackness and prohibited them the Priesthood.”

    As a result, until 1978 the racial restriction policy of the LDS was as follows (from the same reference):

    Under the racial restrictions that lasted from the presidency of Brigham Young until 1978, persons with any black African ancestry could not hold the priesthood in the LDS Church and could not participate in most temple ordinances, including the endowment and celestial marriage. Black people were permitted to be members of the church, and to participate in some temple ordinances, such as baptism for the dead.
    The racial restriction policy was applied to black Africans, persons of black African descent, and any one with mixed race that included any black African ancestry. The policy was not applied to Native Americans, Hispanics, Melanesians or Polynesians.

    IN OTHER WORDS, Ombud, while it’s unusual that the count of votes in an all-black neighborhood would be 19,000+ to zero in favor of Obama, but it’s CERTAINLY not out of the realm of possibility. All it would have taken is some activism by local (non-LDS) churches to point out the institutional racism by the Mormons, and the news would spread among the community like wildfire.

    Think about it, guy – considering what the Mormons believed in for over a century until 1978 – well within living memory of most blacks – the blacks had a choice: either vote to re-elect the first black president, or vote in a veeeeeery white Mormon Republican. Frankly, I’m surprised that ANY blacks would vote for Romney.

    Oh, and one more thing – in the Mississippi Republican primary, less than one percent of those who voted were black. I keep up with such things, having been raised there.

    In summary, while it’s unusual that no blacks in those districts voted for Romney, it’s also rather understandable and CERTAINLY not out of the realm of significant possibility.

  • On the 100%-0% results:

    These are demographically extreme inner-city precincts where the electorate is almost homogeneously African-American. As Glenn pointed out somewhere, Romney was polling at or close to 0% among that segment and had been frostily received when his campaign lumbered through that part of Philadelphia.

    If this had been an entire city or a largish county that had gone 100-0, then it would be fishy, but among smaller groups, extremely one-sided results like this are entirely possible, especially when the precincts in question have a history of overwhelming rejection of Republican candidates. A Romney shutout in an almost completely black urban precinct is no more earth-shattering than if we were to exit-poll Mitt and Ann Romney and all of the Romney boys and their wives and discover that not one of them voted for Obama.

    And it’s not as if there aren’t extremes in the other direction as well. There is, as I referenced on another thread where Ombud was whining about the Philly and Cleveland blowouts, a small county in Texas where Obama received only five votes.

    I hesitate to introduce the analogy that follows as it flirts with a violation of Godwin’s law, but imagine you were able to go back in time and count the ballots from a small Jewish ghetto in Berlin at the time of the 1933 German general election. Would you honestly be all that surprised if Hitler and the National Socialists received 0 votes in that district?

    People simply don’t vote against their own loyalties and perceived best interests.