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Aug 10 2012

Jay Sekulow: Shameless Liar

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice is a very accomplished attorney. And about 20 years ago, I got to know his brother Scott slightly, who countered my strong criticism of his brother by insisting to me that he was a good, decent man. I call bullshit. Jay Sekulow is a shameless liar, as evidenced by this screed on his radio show:

I want people to understand this, folks, the Obama administration has initiated this lawsuit, I should say to be particular the Obama re-election committee, it’s Obama for America, has filed suit against Ohio because Ohio is trying to accommodate military men and women serving overseas. I want you to think about that for a moment. The Obama administration or their re-election committee has filed a federal lawsuit to stop a law that would allow for an accommodation for men and women serving in the military serving overseas to vote. How does that make you feel? I hope you get outraged as I am on this and that’s why we’re not just talking about it because on this broadcast we don’t just talk about it we’re taking direct action but this is where you come in, I want all of the states to come to the aid of Ohio and you can do that with me so no matter where you are living, we want you on this brief…

You got the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States’ re-election committee, filing a lawsuit to stop an accommodation. I want people to understand this. The Commander in Chief of the United States has his re-election committee file a federal lawsuit against the state of Ohio and the state of Ohio with wide bipartisan Democratic and Republican support passed legislation accommodating military men and women so that they’re vote will actually count. And the Obama re-election committee says ‘well we think that is arbitrary, capricious and unconstitutional.’

Every single bit of that is a lie. The case has nothing to do with denying the vote to members of the military, and even less to do with those serving overseas (the case is about in-person early voting; those in the military overseas vote by absentee ballot because, obviously, they can’t show up in-person). He’s lying in order to keep the money flowing in to support his lavish lifestyle. And in the name of god and country, of course.

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    John Hinkle

    WND is jumping on the bandwagon with an “exclusive.”

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    John Hinkle

    So the Ohio republican legislature changed the early voting law to allow the military early voting in the days before election day, but constrained non-military to have voted by 6pm the preceding Friday. The repubs claimed they wanted to ease the strain on polling places and guard against [non-existent] voting fraud.
     
    Early voting tends to favor larger turn outs of democrats, from what I’ve read. So essentially the repubs are trying suppress early democratic voters, and the Obama campaign’s lawsuit wants early voting returned to everyone.
     
    The brilliance (and evil) here is the reframing by Romney and the wingnuts. I don’t know if this will influence independents much, but I bet it could cause a larger turnout of “patriotic” conservative voters.

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    bobcarroll

    Rachel Maddow discussed this at length on MSNBC yesterday. It’s even worse than it looks. Republicans have arranged it so that counties where Democrats predominate have fewer days to vote early than those counties where Republicans have the uppper hand. Specifically, large cities such as Akron do not have the weekend just before election day to vote early. This is significant since black voters in particular are used to voting on that Sunday, after religious services.

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    Pieter B, FCD

    Here’s a piece from the Cincinnati Enquirer with the details. I believe that Rachel used this as her major source for the story.

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