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Democratic Plans for Election 2004

Wednesday, 06 October 2004 12:00 AM

First, Carter pins this on his charges that Florida’s top election officials are “partisan,” apparently inviting us to believe he is non-partisan. Never mind that Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood says neither the former president nor anyone on his staff bothered to contact her before making the judgment as to her fairness.

Secondly, Carter says an attempt had been made to disqualify 22,000 alleged felons (“likely Democrats”) from voting. Never mind that felons of whatever race or political persuasion are barred from voting.

Third, the one-time occupant of the White House revives the old canard that eligible voters were disenfranchised in 2000.

Never mind that even the Civil Rights Commission, headed by ultra-left Democrat partisan Mary Frances Berry, has discredited any allegation of deliberate attempts to discriminate against black voters in the Sunshine State.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division also has debunked the charge of anti-black discrimination four years ago.

From this, Carter concludes that “the only recourse will be to maximum public scrutiny on the suspicious process in Florida.” Given that Mr. Carter’s track record includes overlooking an obvious “suspicious process” that enabled Castro pal Hugo Chavez to win a questionable referendum in Venezuela, one can be forgiven for rejecting our 39th president’s judgment of what is or is not “suspicious.”

In a word, fraud.

Such “ballot-chasing” in several states can be on the up-and-up – OR it can make election-watchers justifiably nervous.

Appearing on Fox News, veteran Wall Street Journal editorialist John Fund posited a scenario where the process is so flawed that someone could wander into a hospital and sign up 100 Alzheimer's patients voting a certain way.

He also said that one supposedly “non-partisan” absentee ballot operation told a pro-Kerry activist that out of scores of ballots, his “quota” was three Republicans.

By now you’ve connected the dots (actually, these are just samples; if I listed all of them, we might have a full-length book on our hands): The Democrats, the Kerry campaign and their supportive 527 groups have attempted what has all the earmarks of a pre-emptive strike, accusing the GOP of trying to suppress the black vote.

The strategy could put Election Day anti-fraud ballot challengers on the defensive so that by the time Republicans get to contest a fraudulent vote, they will be intimidated.

Thus the groundwork has been laid for hurling the demagogic “racist” label at anyone who interferes with plans to steal the election.

The man whose strategy smarts led the Republican Party into the “Ground War Game,” as he calls it, is Morton Blackwell, the Virginia GOP National Committeeman.

Blackwell recalls the Louisiana Senate race a few years ago where Democrats in New Orleans, in his opinion, “stole the election from [Republican candidate] Woody Jenkins.”

For years, some conservatives have thrown up their hands in despair and concluded that if the Democrats are the evil party, the Republicans are the stupid party.

Blackwell tells NewsMax this year’s Republican candidate in Louisiana, David Vitter, is learning from Jenkins’ experience.

This time, the GOP is loaded for bear in New Orleans and throughout the state, and Blackwell flatly predicts a Vitter win.

That would make Vitter the first Republican ever elected to the U.S. Senate from that state. (Some were appointed during post-Civil War reconstruction.)

In a July 17, 2003, letter to his fellow RNC members, Blackwell referred to plans then afoot “to direct more time, talent, and money to larger, more comprehensive, and earlier GOP organizational efforts for the 2004 elections.”

The Bush-Cheney campaign is not unaware of the Democrats’ plans.

The president’s operatives have plans to deal with it. Lawyers have trained to go to trouble spots on Election Day. They believe they have learned their lessons from Campaign 2000. Whether those plans are adequate to meet the onslaught from the other side probably won’t be known until after the election.

It is a given in both parties that Nov. 2 will be “a long night.” Hopefully, it won’t be another long six weeks. But if it takes that long or longer to make sure there was an honest vote count, so be it.

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