Oh my. The right-wing(nuts) are frothing over the jury verdict against St Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan Jr and former Board of Elections worker Dustin Bythe. For apparently “cnspiring” to turn in a whopping 100-200 forged signatures to get both Obama and Hilary Clinton on the 2008 primary ballots.
Yawn. Everyone from Fox “News” to Wingut News Daily” are implying this was a major fraud- that Obama certainly wouldn’t be president without it.
While ignoring the simple facts. This was, at worst, padding. In reality- laziness and probably some mild corruption in terms of saving money not paying for signature gatherers. That Hilary and Obama were the only two real democratic candidates for the primaries (yes, Edwards clocked in at 1-2%).
The reality is that they only needed 500 signatures each- an easily obtainable goal. And yes, in theory, IF enough of the signatures were indeed forged it could have called into question either or both candidates placement on the primary ballot in the state. Which, in the grand scheme of things, would have had no effect on the outcome.
And of course they ignore the fact that the Republican Secretary of State, Charlie White, had been thrown out of office after 3 cases of felony voter fraud.
Including falsifying his recidency which made him inelgible for office in the first place. Same as Mitt Romney and his MA registration in his sons unfinished basement. OR Dick Cheney’s registration in Wyoming- despite living in Texas, to avoid our Constiution prohibiting the electoral college from a state voting for a Pres and VP coming from the same state. (In other words- Texas ~should~ have been removed from the election).
And of course- they ignore cases such as Newt Gingrich’s campaign worker in VA pleading guilty to tuning in thousands of fake signatures to get him on the ballot.
Or the Sacremento CA GOP likewise turning in thousands of fake signatures.
Or..well…Ann Coulter, Todd Akin, jon Huntsman, Charlie Webster (Chairman of Maine GOP)
Well- anyway, not to excuse what these folks in Indianna suposedly did. But really? the evidence points to laziness at worst. Something that had no real impact on the only two real democratic candidates. (Although I suppose the real message here is supposed to be that there is no way Indianna would have put a N****** or a woman on the ballot?!)
And a state whose late role in the primaries (may 6th if memory serves- one of the last 3 dates that year) made it absolutely meaningless.
So, another tempest in a tea-pot.
And another round of ignoring the fact that depite trying to disenfranchise millions of voters with voter ID laws, while being unable to produce any evidence in person voter fraud actually occurs in any meaningful numbers, – the real fraud occurs within the political parties. And that judging from the cases over the last several elections- that it is the GOP that is most heavily involved.