Monday, October 27, 2008

Hillary's Odds Knocked Down by Frauds?

With accusations of voter registration fraud swirling as early voting begins in many states, some Hillary Clinton supporters are saying: “I told you so.” Already in Iowa, the Obama campaign was breaking the rules, busing in supporters from neighboring states to vote illegally in the first contest in the primaries and physically intimidating Hillary supporters, they say...Obama’s surprisingly strong win in Iowa, which defied all the polls, propelled his upstart candidacy to front-runner status. But Lynette Long, a Hillary supporter from Bethesda, Md., who has a long and respected academic career, believes Obama’s victory in Iowa and in twelve other caucus states was no miracle...Long has spent several months studying the caucus and primary results...“After studying the procedures and results from all 14 caucus states, interviewing dozens of witnesses, and reviewing hundreds of personal stories, my conclusion is that the Obama campaign willfully and intentionally defrauded the American public by systematically undermining the caucus process,” she said...Hillary Backers Decry Massive Obama Vote Fraud, Kenneth Timmerman, Newsmax, 10/25/2008

It's true that cries of "fraud at the polls" predate Tammany Hall's great days. There's probably a similar phrase in classic Greek. However, the caucus game, which turned the primaries into an Obama triumph despite the loss of a number of state popular votes, is one of the truly ugly political stories of 2008. It's even bigger than dead people voting in Cook County in 1960. As somebody's saying goes, who you emulate may determine how you act, whether Hugo Chavez, or the real JFK.


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