Greg Gordon at McClatchy Newspapers' Washington D.C. Bureau put together a recap of the bullcrap pulled by the GOP in Missouri leading into last November's election, with this look back six months after at just how hard the Republicans tried to rig the election:
The preoccupation with ballot fraud in Missouri was part of a wider national effort that critics charge was aimed at protecting the Republican majority in Congress by dampening Democratic turnout. That effort included stiffer voter-identification requirements, wholesale purges of names from lists of registered voters and tight policing of liberal get-out-the-vote drives.
Bush administration officials deny those claims. But they've gotten traction in recent weeks because three of the U.S. attorneys ousted by the Justice Department charge that they lost their jobs because they failed to prove Republican allegations of voter fraud. They say their inquiries found little evidence to support the claims.
Few have endorsed the strategy of pursuing allegations of voter fraud with more enthusiasm than White House political guru Karl Rove. And nowhere has the plan been more apparent than in Missouri.
And nowhere is it more obvious that the Republicans are willing to lie, cheat and take away the rights of American voters to stay in power then it is in Missouri.
"The real problem has never been vote fraud," said Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo. "It's access to the polls. In the last 50 years, no one in Missouri has been prosecuted for impersonating someone else at the polls. But thousands of eligible voters have been denied their constitutional rights. . . . It's sickening."
Sickening? Yes - but get used to it... this is just Republican "Business as Usual," and there will be more as we approach the 2008 elections.
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