Those Who Live in Glass Houses…

Democrats have been bitching about a GOP scheme to “jam the vote” by mass dialing campaign headquarters phone lines in 2002. The Justice Department has scored three prominent Republican convictions, and it now looks like the White House was involved. Here’s the latest on the case:

Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show.

The records show that Bush campaign operative James Tobin, who recently was convicted in the case, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day 2002 – as the phone jamming operation was finalized, carried out and then abruptly shut down.

The national Republican Party, which paid millions in legal bills to defend Tobin, says the contacts involved routine election business and that it was “preposterous” to suggest the calls involved phone jamming.

I don’t see what grounds the Democrats have to complain about. After all, they’re complicit in egregious ballot access laws throughout the country designed to keep Libertarians, Greens and recently Nader supporters from being able to cast their ballots, too

6 Comments
  1. Dems complicit in ergrgious ballot access laws…? What is this, PBS? You made the statement, tell us more. Or can you?

  2. John,

    Who passes ballot access laws? When it comes to access, who has more in common, major party members with each other, or a Democrat with a “third” party? Who conspires to keep “third” party candidates out of debates? Who disregards “third” party voters when carving out voting districts? Who has already beaten a major party candidate in their race, and are they anxious to have more “third” party opponents, next time?

    Which hat are they wearing when they make these decisions? Are they being our collective representative, or are they wearing major party hats? You can bet both D’s and R’s have no incentive to fight for us. (Excepting rare individuals.)

  3. John,

    For one example, I’ll use my home state of Alabama, where Democrats control both houses of the legislature. Aside from presidential elections, Alabama has the highest ballot access barrier in the country.

    As another example, take a look at what Democrats all across the country did to Ralph Nader last exelction cycle.

    Republicans, Democrats = no difference.

    That’s why we call them jackyderms.

  4. Last election cycle Democrats spent a record amount, millions (probably more than ten million) keeping Nader off the ballot—it was the best funded petition block in history, by many, many millions…and it was illegally funded.

    They openly acknowledged the illegal use of at least one 527 formed by prominent Democrat lobbyists,for the sole purpose of obstructing Nader’s ballot access…remember,the FEC is an even number of D and R commissioners, and won’t fine either party unless one of either defects.

    It was well-covered…search the NY Times which gave best coverage overall.