(FROM: Associated Press) In 2000, only 537 votes decided the presidential election. Now, more than 200,000 newly-registered voters in Ohio alone have mismatched data. Amidst the voter fraud being reported from coast-to-coast and the same day registration and absentee voting extravaganza in Ohio, the Ohio GOP have asked the Secretary of State there to set up a system by which these problematic registrations can be sorted out. The Secretary of State said no, and is now appealing a decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals directing her to do the same. Her reason? Voter disenfranchisement. This is disgusting. What I’d really, really like to know is how many of these instances of voter fraud–now, we’re learning that ACORN is at work in Philadelphia, as if I couldn’t see them on Market Street every day–are in states which require even a modest form of voter identification. I’ve heard the argument that some people just don’t have photo I.D. (yeah, many are called illegal immigrants) and I guess I can understand it — however, I fail to see how requiring something as simple as a pair of utility bills bearing the voters name or address is somehow stifling people’s right to vote.
- RNC: Fraudulent ACORN Voter Registrations Continue to Grow in Philadelphia (WSJ MarketWatch)
- FBI Investigates ACORN for Voter Fraud (Associated Press)
- Palin Criticizes Obama over ACORN, View of America (Townhall)
Secret Service Says ‘Kill Him’ Allegation Unfounded
(FROM: The Times Leader) A Scranton, PA newspaper first reported it, then it was picked up by ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Finally, it was repeated by Barack Obama in last night’s presidential debate. Somebody at a recent McCain-Palin rally, Obama said, shouted “kill him!” from the audience. The only problem? The Secret Service said it didn’t happen. Now, that’s not to say that some fired-up McCain supporters haven’t been shouting some unfortunate things, but there are ignorant and classless people on both sides, such as the Barack Obama supporters who wear “Sarah Palin is a Cunt” t-shirts or write in to Web sites like The Daily Kos saying things like, “Sarah Palin’s Down’s baby should have been aborted.” To me, when Obama made this cringe-worthy argument–nobody wants to hear shouts of “kill him!”–it was a lot like him attacking McCain first by making the assumption that, just maybe, McCain may say that he “doesn’t look like the other presidents” on the bills in our wallets. Evoking emotion–the liberal currency–by touting something that hasn’t happened just rubs me the wrong way.
U.S. Communists Say Their Time has Come
(FROM: Agence France-Presse) It certainly has. We’re slip-sliding away down the slippery slope of socialism. I find it amazing that it took literally an Average Joe [the Plumber] to do what the mainstream press has not done at all in this election cycle — get to the heart of Barack Obama’s ideological perspective. It took Joe the Plumber less than five minutes to get Obama to admit that he’s all about “sharing the wealth,” something most of us have known about but never heard in such a straightforward way from the Illinois senator. Now, I didn’t take notes while watching last night’s presidential debate (at the risk of sounding like a complete right-wing nutjob, I was actually cleaning my guns while it was on), but did John McCain actually use the word “socialism?” He hit Obama pretty hard on the plumber issue — but he could have followed through a little better. So yes, for card-carrying communists here in the United States of America, their time has certainly come — now if only someone would ask them who they’re voting for.
Recharging McCain’s Battery Prize
(FROM: National Review) Generally, when John McCain opens his mouth to talk about energy, I cringe. He doesn’t want to drill ANWR, he embraces the facade for global socialism which is Global Warming, and he “reached across the aisle” to Joe Lieberman for the [thankfully] failed Climate Stewardship Act a few years ago. In the spring and early summer, however, McCain was talking about gas mileage in our vehicles and, rather than resort to the temptation that is a government-mandated standard, he spoke about developing a better battery system through government-sponsored competition. His idea, to offer a $300 million “prize” for the development of a better battery was nothing short of fantastic — it showed that he truly treasures American hard work and innovation, and knows that subsidies and mandates can only get the government so far. This article rightfully questions why he hasn’t talked about it further.
McCain Map Strategy Prompts Head-Scratching
(FROM: Politico) Personally, I don’t lend much credence to the polls. Over the past couple of election cycles, and certainly in the most recent two, they’ve just been off. There’s just too much chance for variation from the facts — whether it be from the agenda of those conducting the polls or the bias of those releasing the numbers or even the idiosyncrasies of those being asked the questions, I just don’t trust them. For instance, I don’t subscribe to the idea put forth by ABC News yesterday that Barack Obama has a double-digit lead, and believe that many are used to suppress voting on one side or another. According to this article, however, John McCain may not even have looked at the red-state/blue-state maps at all. This piece is an interesting look at what they call a somewhat disjointed plan, but I think their criticism is founded on the ideas that the polls are correct, a fundamental flaw. Nevertheless, it makes for an interesting read, and we really won’t know until [hopefully] late on the fourth of November.
- Ann Coulter: Eighty-Four Percent Say They’d Never Lie to a Pollster (Human Events)
- Karl Rove: Obama Hasn’t Closed the Sale (Wall Street Journal)
Beck Headed to Fox News?
(FROM: Media Bistro) Hmmm. I know that a lot of the readers here at America’s Right really like Glenn Beck. I do, too, though I don’t often have the time or chance to listen to his radio show or watch his TV show. It seems like a natural fit, though. Anyway, while this certainly isn’t “Assigned Reading,” I felt like I should at least point out the item for the Glenn Beck fans here. UPDATE: Politico says that it’s official.