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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obama Team Directs Dirty Tricks: Just Make it Up!

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

Amanda Carpenter, writing for on Oct. 27th exposes the release of a Democrat "playbook" of dirty tricks:

Documents obtained by Townhall show the Democratic Party encouraged party activists to accuse the GOP of intimidating minorities on Election Day even if no evidence of intimidation existed in the 2004 presidential election. The tactic is being used again in 2008, this time to downplay fraud charges against a predominantly minority non-profit supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The Obama campaign has been busily probing the festering issue of voter suppression. Obama Camp Charges... a Partisan Plot," the Wall Street Journal reports on October 17th:
The Obama campaign charged Friday that John McCain, in concert with the Bush administration, has embarked on a studied effort to disrupt Election Day in many states and suppress the vote.
Carpenter describes nine pages of a former Kerry-Edwards handbook titled Minority Voter Intimidation. After instructions on how to recognize "intimidation," the manual moves on to what to do if you don't find any intimidation:
If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a ‘pre-emptive strike." The manual said this should be done by placing stories in mainstream and specialty press “in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics” and “prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; provide talking points.”
Some of the suggested talking points included lines like “Nothing is more despicable than trying to deprive any American of the previous right to vote, the foundation of our democracy for which so many have sacrificed.”
Well, you're probably saying, this was back in the Kerry-Bush election...nothing to do with today - well, you would be wrong, according to Ms. Carpenter:
The Democrats’ preemptive strike has been delivered from Barack Obama’s legal team this time around.
Nevermind all that. The Obama legal team has once again leaned on the Department of Justice to get the McCain campaign straightened out. Obama attorney Robert Bauer accuses "agents of the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee of:
...striking locally at election officials and boards around the country, sowing confusion and seeking through baseless legal maneuvers...
and specifically, Obama et al takes offense at this:
McCain’s remarks that ACORN’s voter registration fraud “threatens the fabric of our Democracy” and Palin’s assessment that there is a “choice between a candidate who won’t disavow a group committing voter fraud and a leader who won’t tolerate voter fraud.”
Carpenter reports that former U.S. Senators Danforth and Rudman are heading-up a committee on behalf of the McCain campaign to "take action against voter fraud. The GOP, reportedly, has asked Obama 08 to participate, no surprise: "the Democrats had declined."