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.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