Friday, September 16, 2016

Bag. Cat. Out.


Not that it was ever mysterious, but here's proof of the cynical politics behind claims of voter fraud, from another Wisconsin newspaper.
Hours after polls closed in the closely contested 2011 state Supreme Court election, Republican consultants and lobbyists traded emails about launching a potential public campaign to allege “widespread” voter fraud, newly released emails show...

... The emails became public Wednesday through a report by Guardian US, an arm of the British newspaper, which included leaked court documents from the secret John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign...

... Steve Baas, a lobbyist for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and former Republican legislative staffer, floated an idea on the email thread:
“Do we need to start messaging ‘widespread reports of election fraud’ so we are positively set up for the recount regardless of the final number? I obviously think we should.” 
Scott Jensen — the former GOP Assembly Speaker turned lobbyist for American Federation for Children, a private school voucher advocacy group — quickly responded:
“Yes. Anything fishy should be highlighted. Stories should be solicited by talk radio hosts.” 
In another email, Jensen writes that Prosser “needs to be on talk radio in the morning saying he is confident he won and talk radio needs to scream the Dems are trying to steal the race.”
It should be noted that these emails have become public only because they were leaked somehow. The Wisconsin Supreme Court, to which the person in question in these emails was elected in the race in question, ordered them destroyed.

Gee. Anyone shocked? And, in addition to the obvious use of a false premise for political gain, confident they can count on the gullibility of their voters, they mention using talk radio as casually as you use a spoon: it's there, we know what it's for, we use it to feed ourselves.

Once right-wing news sources cover this, letting their listeners and readers know how they manipulate them with lies, the public will finally understand. Right after the sun turns off.

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3 comments:

Dr Strangelove said...

I get so angry at Walker's continued trashing of Wisconsin, the state of my youth. It's been hijacked by a two-bit, criminal politician who showed, by his absolutely dismal performance in the Republican debates (betchya can't remember it!), to be an empty, limp puppet of his masters.

And when the sun turns off, rejoice: there won't be any more global warming - which never existed, of course, but if it did, it was because of the sun, dontchya know.

Sidney Schwab said...

My favorite liberal blogger, Charles P. Pierce, always refers to Scott Walker as "the google-eyed homunculus hired by the Koch brothers to run their midwestern subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin..."

Dr Strangelove said...

My favorite, too, Sid. I read him every day as well. His Walker description is spot-on as are so many of the titles he bestows. I wish that I had half his wit. Wait - that doesn't sound right - but being a halfwit compared to Pierce is pretty darn sharp.

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