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Dean Chambers Rewrites his Rewrite

If you thought Dean Chambers’ total humiliation after months of claiming that the polls, if “unskewed,” were predicting a massive landslide electoral victory for Mitt Romney, was just going to admit he was wrong and slink away into the dustbin of right wing history, think again. He’s back for another round of public humiliation — and another hideously ugly website — by claiming Obama stole the election through voter fraud. Meet barackofraudo.com.

The “evidence” he offers is downright laughable. In Ohio, for example, the only “evidence” he gives is that 9 precincts in Cleveland did not have a single vote for Romney. Which precincts? The ones in the inner city, of course, where the population is predominately black. Obama got about 95% of the black votes, which is not surprising as the Democrats typically get over 90% anyway. And the fact that 9 precincts showed Romney not getting any votes is proof, in the mind of a man who convinced himself that Romney was going to win in a rout — that Obama must have stolen the election. Wow, how convincing.

He offers exactly the same “evidence” for voter fraud in Pennsylvania, noting only that Obama had a huge lead in Philadelphia and claiming, without evidence, that “Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in the city of Philadelphia.”

In Virginia, his “evidence” is that Romney was leading for most of the night as the votes were counted until Obama caught up at the end. Wow, that’s such powerful proof. Or it would be if the cities, which have the most votes to count, weren’t the last to report their totals. And Democrats always do much better in big cities than they do in rural areas. He lists the biggest cities and the counties right around Washington, DC, which always go heavily Democratic, and then says, again with no evidence at all:

Like many states, most of the state’s counties, which are smaller in population, voted for Romney while the few more densely populated urban areas of the state, and the suburbs of Washington DC which are heavily populated with federal government employees, voted heavily for Obama in those eight areas listed above.

Those eight areas are the ones where vote fraud was most likely and they will be the focus of efforts to find any reports and evidence of vote fraud in the state.

The only evidence of fraud in Virginia up to this point has been the Republican party throwing out voter registration forms of Democratic voters. He offers exactly the same “evidence” in Florida, of course, merely claiming that because Obama won by big margins in the Democratic-leaning big cities, they must have “stuffed the ballot box.”

Seriously, this guy is just ducking into the punch and making himself look like an even bigger buffoon than he already did.

Comments

  1. scienceavenger says

    “…the few more densely populated urban areas of the state, and the suburbs of Washington DC which are heavily populated with [people who have seen the actual benefits of collective action over rugged individualism]…”

    FTFY

  2. scienceavenger says

    Oh, and dontcha love that the only color he could think of using for the supposedly fraudulent states was…black?

    That’s not a dog whistle, that’s a regular whistle.

  3. watry says

    DaveL–it doesn’t even make sense. A ten-year-old would be smart enough to use ‘Ofrauda’ instead, so it actually sounds like ‘Obama’.

  4. says

    The democrats committed that age old strategy to stuff the ballot box know as, “getting people who support you to go to the polls and vote.”

    In the new republican dictionary, Fraud = Democrats winning.

  5. Jordan Genso says

    If you thought Dean Chambers’… was just going to admit he was wrong and slink away into the dustbin of right wing history, think again.

    Exactly. Why would he willingly slink into the dustbin of right wing history, when there is still money/notariety to be had by continuing to create bullshit.

    The only thing one could lose by publishing such a website is their integrity, but since he tossed that aside long ago when he made his laughably skewed polling site, there’s no integrity left to lose. So by being a jackass, he gets to push for that 16th minute of fame, trying to collect whatever ad revenue possible from the additional traffic, and he loses nothing.

    It’s no different than many others in the right-wing bubble spotlight.

    So we’re left with two options to try and discourage such behavior. Either highlight it as much as possible, in hopes that it tarnishes the conservative movement more than it already has within the rational population, decreasing their political viability even further (something I assume Dean would not want, but who knows), or ignore it entirely.

    I doubt he’ll be ignored, so let’s make the conservatives decide if they want to associate with people like him, or will they distance themselves. They need to clean their own house, as we can’t do it for them.

  6. andrewjohnston says

    There’s been a ton of kvetching about this, but the thing is that if there were really fraud at work, it would be very easy to prove. All you’d have to do is go to one of those precincts and find someone willing to sign an affidavit that s/he voted Republican. That would be enough to start an investigation. They’ll never do this, of course, because there’s still money to be made squawking about it.

  7. busterggi says

    I wonder how many white-dominated rural polling places were 100% for Romney, I’m sure there were many, especially in the red states. Don’t suppose he would take those as evidence of voter fraud too?

  8. says

    @d.c.wilson #9 –

    The democrats committed that age old strategy to stuff the ballot box know as, “getting people who support you to go to the polls and vote.”

    To the Republicans, the mere fact that self-identified Democrats voted is proof of massive fraud: they weren’t supposed to be able to!

  9. timberwoof says

    I followed the links offered by the “black” states. They have some boilerplate text, some numbers, and one of them promises more data as it is gathered. He wonders why the late-arriving results from urban centers caused the vote totals to disappoint his expectations of victory nurtured by early returns from less-populous states.

    His apology for smearing Nate Silver is giggleworthy. In it he repeats all the insults he made as well as some trash-talk someone said about him. I bring up the fact that other people have called him a dumb ass only as context for calling him a dumb ass.

  10. John Hinkle says

    “Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in the city of Philadelphia.”

    Bah, amateurs. In Chicago, every democrat in a family votes for himself and all the other family members, including the dead ones. Six family members? Thirty six votes. Ever hear of geometric progression? Or is it exponential? Whatever, stand back Philly and watch the math masters!

  11. slc1 says

    Like many states, most of the state’s counties, which are smaller in population, voted for Romney while the few more densely populated urban areas of the state, and the suburbs of Washington DC which are heavily populated with federal government employees, voted heavily for Obama in those eight areas listed above.

    Maybe those federal workers didn’t take kindly to the claim by Rmoney that they are overpaid by 45%.

  12. davidct says

    I is just too distressing to these wingnuts, that the America they think they live in, is populated by so many people who disagree with them.

  13. says

    Jesus. Opening that website felt like entering a time warp. I’m surprised it wasn’t complaining about how Clinton stole the election from Bob Dole. If your going to go all crazy, at least hire a sane web designer.

  14. josephmccauley says

    I was hoping Dean would fade out. He’s one of my former students. Please ignore him, he really isn’t a bad guy.

  15. llewelly says

    beezlebubby | November 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Or, possibly, there was a hack on Rove’s attempted hack. I’d love to hear this from a more reliable outlet, but even if fictional it has entertainment value.

    There is a simpler explanation. Ars Technica – and a number of other sites – have been reporting that the operations side of Orca was dreadfully under-resourced; not enough servers, too little monitoring, no testing for scalability, no fall back, reliance on commodity bandwidth (comcast, ew), no communication with bandwidth provider to let them know of expected spikes of activity, and so on.

    See these links .

    It’s worth noting the two explanations are not mutually exclusive, but, with documented Team Romney Incompetence, we do not need the anonymous-plays-hacker-batman explanation.

  16. Randomfactor says

    I have never in my life considered commiting vote fraud, but even I know you wouldn’t leave any precincts with ZERO votes for one candidate if you were going to do it.

    Even ONE registered voter who could be shown to have voted and claimed to vote for the shut-out candidate would blow the whole thing out of the water. Give the other guy a token few votes to cover for that.

  17. Randomfactor says

    Orca also reportedly suffered from hideous support, including 60-page user manuals which had to be individually printed out the night before the election, no hands-on training, incorrect passwords sent out, and the overlooking of basic grade-school-level details like certifying your poll watchers to be there in the first place.

    Where I work they implemented an off-the-shelf tech-support system last Christmas which had been anticipated and demo’ed for six months. And it STILL didn’t work right for weeks.

  18. thisisaturingtest says

    This was interesting:

    In fact, often the circumstantial evidence is all the evidence we have, such was finding tens of thousands of bogus votes in the ballot box, we didn’t see someone actually put them there, but they are found, they are there, and they are clearly evidence of vote fraud.

    Apparently, all that’s necessary to prove voter fraud happened is to insist vehemently that it did.
    And how circular is his reasoning in service of his self-justification?
    “Wow, Dean, you really got this wrong, didn’t you?”
    “No, I didn’t! There was massive voter fraud!”
    “What evidence do you have for voter fraud?”
    “The evidence is that I couldn’t have been this wrong!”

  19. Morgan says

    Like many states, most of the state’s counties, which are smaller in population, voted for Romney while the few more densely populated urban areas of the state… voted heavily for Obama

    So in other words, people who actually live in close proximity to other human beings are more in favour of a functioning society and government. Stop the presses.

  20. cactuswren says

    @9:

    In the new republican dictionary, Fraud = Democrats winning.

    Like a preschool child for whom any dice-roll that results in his winning the game is “fair”, but any roll that results in his sibling winning is “unfair”.

  21. Dunc says

    OK, just for the sake of argument, let’s accept the allegation that Democrats were “stuffing the ballot boxes”… How, exactly, would that make Republican votes disappear?

  22. slc1 says

    Re josephmccauley @ #21

    No, he isn’t a bad guy, probably is nice to his dog. He’s just a schmuck.

  23. Moggie says

    llewelly:

    There is a simpler explanation. Ars Technica – and a number of other sites – have been reporting that the operations side of Orca was dreadfully under-resourced; not enough servers, too little monitoring, no testing for scalability, no fall back, reliance on commodity bandwidth (comcast, ew), no communication with bandwidth provider to let them know of expected spikes of activity, and so on.

    Ars followed up with an in-depth article about the Obama team’s IT operation. The difference in professionalism was striking. Romney seems to have built a bumbling team which didn’t know how to handle an IT project, while Team Obama really had their shit together, and delivered the goods for less money.

  24. caseloweraz says

    Modusoperandi wrote: ““Ofraudo”? Isn’t that the guy from the Lord of the Rings?”

    No, I think it’s the guy who killed his wife Desdemona because he suspected her of infidelity.

  25. scienceavenger says

    @26 Indeed, it should become much more a part of our political discourse to discuss why people in cities have such a different opinion of the role and purpose of government than people in the country. The red-state-blue-state divide is really a mirage. The real divide is country people vs city people, and some of that divide is legitimate.

  26. caseloweraz says

    Holytape wrote: “Jesus. Opening that website felt like entering a time warp. I’m surprised it wasn’t complaining about how Clinton stole the election from Bob Dole. If your going to go all crazy, at least hire a sane web designer.”

    You’d think that, with all the money they put into these Web sites, at least one of them, if only by sheer chance, would have hired a Web designer who knows how to make HTML that validates.

    Not this one. Main page: 30 errors, 42 warnings (as HTML 4.0 Transitional.)

  27. caseloweraz says

    Moggie wrote: “Ars followed up with an in-depth article about the Obama team’s IT operation. The difference in professionalism was striking. Romney seems to have built a bumbling team which didn’t know how to handle an IT project, while Team Obama really had their shit together, and delivered the goods for less money.”

    I used that Democratic Party software. It had some problems, but worked reasonably well. And when a glitch occurred, like the software failing to dial out, it was quickly corrected.

  28. says

    @caseloweraz

    You might also reasonably assume that his comments page sanitizes user input, but apparently this is not the case.

  29. caseloweraz says

    ArsTechnica wrote: “But a MindShift spokesperson declined to comment on whether the company’s data center was used to support Project Orca, citing a confidentiality agreement with the Romney campaign.”

    So the Romney campaign had a nondisclosure agreement with this “managed service provider,” but the MSP refuses to say whether it supported Project ORCA. Since the Romney campaign used other digital services, I guess that makes sense. I doubt that anyone would willingly associate themselves with ORCA.

    “The system had all sorts of problems when it was finally rolled out on the morning of Election Day…”

    On the morning of Election Day?! By the shaking, jumping ghost of Jehosaphat!

  30. Infophile says

    @3 DaveL:

    “Barack Ofraudo?” What is he, ten years old?

    Which makes me wonder…

    @16 slc1:

    Maybe those federal workers didn’t take kindly to the claim by Rmoney that they are overpaid by 45%.

    “Rmoney?” What are you, ten years old?

  31. says

    “In the new republican dictionary, Fraud = Democrats winning.”

    and Democrats winning = GOP whining.

    “Romney seems to have built a bumbling team which didn’t know how to handle an IT project, while Team Obama really had their shit together, and delivered the goods for less money.”

    Maybe Romney’s people shouldn’t have outsourced their work to Mumbai.

    ““Rmoney?” What are you, ten years old?”

    I couldn’t agree more. Everybody knows that it’s “Mittmoroni, The SLC Fallen Angel*”.

    * And I mean “fallen”, as in “crash and burn like one of Darth Vader’s fighters in the battle for the Death Star”.

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