An über-conservative pundit who writes for the über-conservative Washington Times claims that via voter fraud, Democratic Senator Al Franken stole the election from Republican Norm Coleman, and warns that President Obama is using the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Eric Holder to do the same in 2012. In his racist attack, “Will Obama steal the 2012 election?,” Jeffrey T. Kuhner, who also is a fill-in for radio host Michael Savage, reacts to Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments that he is investigating gross violations of the Voting Rights Act and efforts by Republicans to create unconstitutional voter restriction laws that to date, for example, have barred women in their 80′s and 90′s the right to cast their ballots. These voter ID laws are targeted at young voters, blacks, and the elderly — minorities who traditionally vote Democratic and are easily disenfranchised as they have little representation in state governments. Michael Savage has been banned from entering the U.K. for hate speech.
“In Minnesota, voter fraud enabled Democrat Al Franken to steal the election from incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman,” Jeffrey T. Kuhner writes — without one iota of proof. That’s a pretty hefty allegation, even for a Michael Savage wannabe.
And if you want to write off this conservative claptrap as, well, conservative claptrap, know that just one day after Kuhner’s op-ed was published, Newt Gingrich accused Eric Holder of wanting to steal elections.
“During a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the former House speaker questioned why Attorney General Eric Holder is ‘so determined not to identify if people are not eligible to vote’,” the Deseret News reported.
Gingrich went on to say that, “you have to ask, why is it that they are desperate to retain the ability to steal elections and I think that’s what it comes down to.”
And Kuhner continues:
Racism has nothing to do with states implementing voter ID laws. Rather, it is about protecting the integrity of our electoral system. Voter fraud is rampant; abuses regularly take place. In Chicago, local elections are often marred by ballot stuffing and multiple voting – including by false voters who use the names of deceased individuals. Indiana election officials have found that, during the 2008 Democratic primary, countless pro-Barack Obama and pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton signatures were falsified.
“Voter fraud is rampant”? Really? Proof, please? How many people — who are not Republican Secretaries of State — have committed voter fraud, and if there’s a rash of voter fraud, why haven’t the states — who are in charge of implementing voting laws — been locking people up?
“Mr. Holder is a shameless demagogue. He has become the Democratic Party’s new Al Sharpton: Everything is seen through the lens of race,” Kuhner — possibly toeing the edges of libel — states.
He has refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party, who in the 2008 election stood at a polling booth wielding clubs in a blatant attempt at voter intimidation. Career Justice Department lawyers admitted that Mr. Holder’s policy is not to go after black perpetrators whose victims are white. He insists that Republican criticism leveled at him over Operation Fast and Furious is because of his race – not the obvious fact that, under his watch, thousands of guns were illegally smuggled into Mexico, resulting in hundreds of deaths including a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Mr. Holder says his department’s aim is to “expand the franchise.” This begs the question: Expand it for whom? Jim Crow is long dead; not one single eligible voter has been turned away because of an ID requirement. In other words, minorities are not being disenfranchised. What Mr. Holder really means is to expand the vote to groups that will help ensure a Democratic victory in 2012 - ACORN and its nefarious allies.
The Brennan Center for Justice, at New York University, has a massive library of work that proves allegations of voter fraud are red herrings. They write that an “analysis of more than 250 claims of fraud in the Supreme Court’s photo ID case ” found “not one proven case of a fraudulent vote that the challenged law could prevent.”
Kuhner, apparently, isn’t interested in writing about real election-stealing. Now, where’s that copy of The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President?
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