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Nov 10 2012

GOP Strategist Admits No Voter Fraud

Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008 and now an MSNBC contributor and analyst, admitted the other day that voter fraud is essentially non-existent. Here’s the transcript and the video:

SCHIMDT: I think that one of the things you always want to be for whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you want everyone who is eligible to vote to vote. That’s how you want to win elections. I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country.

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  1. 1
    mikey

    Off topic, but I want to nominate Mary Matalin for a Bryan Fischer award. Check it out:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/332941/mendacity-and-malice-won-mary-matalin#

    Money quote: “What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.”

    -via Garry Trudeau

  2. 2
    John Pieret

    As long as we’re making nominations, how about Karl Rove saying that President Obama won “by suppressing the vote.”

    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/karl-rove-explains-obama-landslide-vote-suppression-dems

    To be fair, Rove has a strange definition of “voter suppression”:

    He succeeded by suppressing the vote, by saying to people, ‘you may not like who I am, and I know you can’t bring yourself to vote for me, but I’m going to paint this other guy as simply a rich guy who only cares about himself.

    But … but … Swift Boat Veterans …

  3. 3
    glodson

    @1 and @2: This is a dizzying juxtaposition. Here a sane GOP strategist is saying that voter fraud doesn’t exist, and that voting is good, and it is followed by some of the crazy that seems to be the foundation of the GOP in those two comments.

    I mean, saying that Obama was fearmongering?! Or that campaigning effectively is voter suppression?! These two must have access to an alternative reality.

  4. 4
    raven

    Suspect in Clackamas County Voting Fraud Case Claims Only Two …
    ww.wweek.com/portland/blog-29411-suspect_in_clackamas.html

    4 days ago – More. Nov 9, 2012 01:24 pm by ANDREA DAMEWOOD | Comments 0 … News Tim Hibbitts may be the dean of Oregon pollsters. … Suspect in Clackamas County Voting Fraud Case Claims Only Two Ballots Were Involved …

    Most voter registration fraud and voter fraud I’ve seen involve…the Tea Party/GOP.

    1. One guy was caught in Oregon filling in other ballots, a GOP worker.

    The GOP claimed it was just an accusation by godless commie Democrats. The accused is now admitting it.

    2. There were tossed voter registration forms in Florida and Virginia by a company employed by the GOP.

    Cthulhu knows how much fraud was perpetuated by the GOP that wasn’t caught. They really hate that democracy thing these days.

  5. 5
    Michael Heath

    Ms. Matalin has been repeating that assertion when a guest on TV News shows. She was on Anderson Cooper’s show recently where he had to correct her mis-statements, which is why I watch him. Meanwhile the other guest, David Frum, had no problem sticking with the truth though that truth was critical of Republicans. Ms. Matalin repeatedly claimed Frum was lying.

    In regards to how the GOP reforms itself, where I focus on competence in governing and they focus on winning elections, the emerging meme is immigration reform which includes amnesty for those here now. I perceive their motivation is to do what they most recently did with conservative Catholics. Invite them into the party by promising them they can join them in hating non-Republicans while not actually changing their: policy platform, antipathy towards experts, and denial of reality.

    This initiative to go after Hispanics reveals that Republicans remain committed to the core of how they think, believe, and govern; in spite of all three being demonstrable defective and the root cause for their incompetence, bigotry, and losing the demographic battle. Republicans are now merely looking for another group of saps like the conservative Christians they control, which is particularly important politically given that group is dying-out while the Hispanic population grows in size.

  6. 6
    raven

    Woman Registering Only Romney Voters In Colorado Worked For …
    ww.huffingtonpost.com/2012/…/woman-only-registering-ro_n_19…

    … that is currently under investigation for possible voter fraud in three Florida counties. … this year to conduct voter registration drives in five swing states — Colorado, Florida, … Posted: 10/01/2012 10:56 am Updated: 10/01/2012 12:56 pm …

    Speaks for itself.

  7. 7
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Can’t go wrong with admitting to well-documented facts.

    I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years

    Lolwut? Last two years?

  8. 8
    drr1

    That kind of thoughtless honesty will cost Schmidt his password into the GOP He-Man Librul Haters Club. And his Lil’ Orphan Annie GOP decoder ring.

  9. 9
    Christoph Burschka

    GOP Strategist Admits No Voter Fraud

    Misread this as him not admitting to voter fraud…

  10. 10
    D. C. Sessions

    Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008 and now an MSNBC contributor and analyst

    To the Right, that last explains (and invalidates) everything he has to say.

  11. 11
    marcus

    There was even someone (mayormark)on Nate Silver’s blog accusing him of “voter suppression” (I suppose by telling the truth). As has been noted before, facts and math just have a librul bias. It is so unfair!

  12. 12
    Randomfactor

    “Money quote: “What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform.”

    And he lost to President Obama.

  13. 13
    Amphiox

    To be fair, Rove has a strange definition of “voter suppression”:

    His definition of “voter suppression” boils down to “convincing people not to want to vote for your opponent”.

    Apparently unbeknownst to Rove, this strategy already had a name.

    It was called “politics”.

  14. 14
    Amphiox

    Speaking of Karl Rove, one of the most hilarious aspects of his enlighteningly pathetic “but Ohio might still go our way” denial of reality was that, in the final analysis, it wouldn’t have mattered anyways.

    Nate Silver, as always, provides the data: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/as-nation-and-parties-change-republicans-are-at-an-electoral-college-disadvantage/

    If you rank all the states Obama won in order of the margin of victory (ie how easy it was for him to win it), he gets to 272 electoral college votes after winning Colorado comfortably by 5 points. All the close contests that produced all the election-night drama actually didn’t matter at all. Obama didn’t need Ohio, Virginia, Florida or North Carolina at all.

    No even if Rove was right about Ohio, it would have been irrelevant.

  15. 15
    left0ver1under

    When you say he “admits no voter fraud”, what exactly does that entail?

    Is he actually admitting that the poor, the non-white citizens and democrats weren’t involved in any fraud (re: the Carnegie study that said it’s a non-existent problem)?

    Or is he denying that republicans were engaged in any voter fraud (re: republicans destroying registrations in Virginia, illegal political advertising in voting stations, the removal of thousands from voting lists without proof of any crime, etc.)?

    When dealing with weasels, one should expect to hear weasel words.

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