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Out Damn Spot! This One Belongs to Us

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, Bob Herbert, a New York Times columnist, expressed concern that the remaining swing voters could very well snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory, in breaking for McCain.

And should McCain miraculously come from behind, the “explanations” are already in place to quell dissent. This has always been the plan. Aside from the legitimate swing vote question, Republican operatives have honed a strategy which we will see come into play, unless and only unless, Obama wins by a compelling, un-riggaable margin.

First and foremost, should dishonest electioneering rear its ugly head, if surreptitiously, there is the expectation that the mere mention of the Bradley effect should be enough to allay any and all fears. By now, the public has been carefully groomed to believe that when the white man’s moment behind the proverbial curtain comes, he or she will be unable to pull the lever for a black man. Republican logic reads that although few admit deep-seated, irrefutable racism to Zogby, they assuredly will do so when confessing their true feelings to the grand priest of electors.

Then there is the second and deeply ironic ploy, set up with the cooperation of a willing press and telegraphed by John McCain during the debates as he said, thanks to Obama-led ACORN fraud, we are “now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” Forget the stolen election executed by the infamous Ken Blackwell in 2004. Ken has clearly seen the error of his ways, having been recently heard spouting off, on FOX News, that sunshine is the best disinfectant for election integrity.

Then, there’s the cynical, pandering nomination of Sarah Palin.  Not only did her inclusion on the ticket award the golden ticket to the Religious Right, but it did much more than that. It gave the McCain campaign a further explanation, should it be needed, as to how this come from behind-kid brought it home.  With Sarah on the team, the claim that the base came out in full is believable enough, giving the Republicans yet further protection from accusations of fraud.

These are the things we’ll hear about should the unthinkable happen, while the underlying realities of voter suppression, and disinformation, massive voter purges and inner city scare ploys are silently shunted from view, leaving us with the 2008 version of how can this be?You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long.

Yet, most ominous of all is the underlying and very real problem of election integrity.  There is enough proof out there of electronic voting machine hackery . . .democracy-stealing thugs whose hands have been on the very chips and megabytes of our democracy for these many years. From Clint Curtis’ forgotten congressional testimony of the 2000 election to the recently detailed deposition given by IT expert and insider Stephen Spoonamore to Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck regarding Bush/McCain electronic voting machine operative, Mike Connell, it is naïve and dangerous not to expect similar shenanigans next Tuesday.

Everything works together as in a beautifully scripted, if Machiavellian plot, making a plausible case to a stunned electorate, an electorate who, in an Orwellian way, may even begin to question themselves as to whether the Obama groundswell, unprecedented crowds and landslide-like leads Obama owned were ever enough to defeat an electorate unready to elect a black man.

It is precisely because the consequences, perhaps prosecutable crimes, of a Republican loss are so dire to the party currently in power that they we need to understand that these people may be more than willing to do whatever it takes to win. The set-up is in place.  Unless Obama pulls off a landslide, six days from now we may find ourselves looking at the unthinkable: a McCain presidency. This time though, instead of the 2000 and 2004 version of dismay, we ought be forearmed with facts and not have our candidate go quietly into night, for we know with every fiber in our collective beings, that this one belongs to us.

Marji Mendelsohn has been studying the effect of religion on politics and foreign policy with a secondary interest in election fraud.

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