Dems sowed seeds of doubt and para­noia

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

Fi­nally, Democrats have a bat­tle plan. This month, they went to war — on the Amer­i­can elec­toral process. Their pre-emp­tion strat­egy? Call into ques­tion the re­sults of the midterms even be­fore Elec­tion Day had be­gun.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Nancy Pelosi of the 8th Drap­ery Di­vi­sion led the charge in an in­ter­view with her home­town San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle two weeks ago:

Mrs. Pelosi cau­tioned that the num­ber of Demo­cratic House vic­to­ries could be higher or lower and said her great­est con­cern is over the in­tegrity of the count — from the re­li­a­bil­ity of elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines to her wor­ries that Repub­li­cans would try to ma­nip­u­late the out­come. “That is the only vari­able in this,” Mrs. Pelosi said. “Will we have an hon­est count?”

The “only vari­able”? How about the vari­able of vot­ers mak­ing up their own minds?

Two days be­fore the elec­tion, left­wing Bos­ton Globe colum­nist Robert Kut­tner also ad­vanced the Demo­crat strat­egy of pre-emp­tive dele­git­imiza­tion — which Bos­ton ra­dio talker Michael Gra­ham rightly char­ac­ter­ized as “Ei­ther We Win Or You Cheated.”

Mr. Kut­tner wrote: “[U]nless there are lev­els of theft and fraud that would truly mean the end of Amer­i­can democ­racy, a Demo­cratic House seems as close to a sure thing as we ever get in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics three days be­fore an elec­tion. . . . Novem­ber 2006 will be re­mem­bered ei­ther as the time Amer­i­can democ­racy was stolen again, maybe for­ever, or be­gan a brighter day.”

Mean­while, a gag­gle of left­wing lawyers and col­lege stu­dents mo­bi­lized at the polls to “pro­tect” the in­tegrity of the vot­ing process. Be­hind the civic-minded fa­cade of th­ese groups, in­clud­ing the Elec­tion Pro­tec­tion Coali­tion and Video the Vote, are far­left rad­i­cals whose main con­cern is not in en­sur­ing a fair elec­tion process — but in pre-emp­tively un­der­min­ing and dele­git­imiz­ing it.

Video The Vote is led by an­tiBush doc­u­men­tar­i­ans who cham­pion Cyn­thia McKin­ney’s race-card pol­i­tics and tin­foil hat con­spir­a­cies about 9/11 and Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina. The sup­pos­edly “bi­par­ti­san” poll watch­ers are sup­ported by Norman Lear’s Peo­ple For the Amer­i­can Way and MTV. Al­lied with this coali­tion are the likes of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tions for Re­form Now (ACORN) — the lib­eral ad­vo­cacy group that has turned the mi­nor­ity voter reg­is­tra­tion busi­ness into a gov­ern­ment boon­dog­gle and cor­rupted the very process it claims to guard. Two weeks ago, a fed­eral grand jury in Kansas City in­dicted four ACORN work­ers in an il­le­gal scheme to reg­is­ter vot­ers with 15,000 fraud­u­lent forms us­ing bo­gus names, sig­na­tures and ad­dresses.

What did the Democrats have to say about the ACORN in­dict­ments and other ACORN fraud probes stretch­ing from Wis­con­sin and Colorado to Ohio, Ten­nessee and Penn­syl­va­nia? Nada. The “stolen elec­tion” virus and Demo­crat blind spot on lib­eral vot­ing fraud have af­flicted the Left since 2000. Lead­ing up to the 2004 elec­tion, Jesse Jack­son played the pre-emp­tion card: “The big is­sue in Florida is not whether we vote, the big is­sue is vote sup­pres­sion.” Failed Demo­crat vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John Ed­wards echoed the warn­ing: Repub­li­cans were “up to their old tricks . . . try­ing to keep peo­ple from vot­ing.”

And last April, failed Demo­crat pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John Kerry’s wife, Teresa, blamed the Democrats’ loss in 2004 on rigged Diebold vot­ing ma­chines. She openly ques- tioned the elec­tion re­sults and fix­ated on ar­eas of the coun­try where op­ti­cal scan­ners were used to record votes. “Two brothers own 80 per­cent of the ma­chines used in the United States,” Mrs. Heinz Kerry in­toned, and it is “very easy to hack into the mother ma­chines.”

Asked for ev­i­dence of her “mother ma­chine”-hack­ing the­ory, the ketchup heiress re­fused fur­ther com­ment. But a ca­coph­ony of con­spir­acy the­o­rists and main­stream Democrats have since taken up Mrs. Kerry’s moon­bat ba­ton, from Truther types to Black Box para­noiacs to Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Never mind the glar­ing con­tra­dic­tion of their at­tack on a Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion too in­com­pe­tent to gov­ern, yet so ne­far­i­ously ef­fi­cient and de­vi­ous that it can rig hun­dreds of thou­sands of vot­ing ma­chines to deny the Democrats their “hon­est count” and en­ti­tled vic­tory.

One thing was re­sound­ingly clear: The Dems’ elec­tion pre-emp­tion plan — like all their plans — was a phony ve­hi­cle to sow seeds of doubt, para­noia and chaos as sub­sti­tutes for ac­tion.

Michelle Malkin is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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