Wednesday, October 08, 2008

John McCain Is Distracting People By Yammering About Nailing Jello To The Wall While His Campaign Tries Stealing The Election


McCain's grab for news-- his suggestion that the federal government buy up mortgages and reset them at current values-- was an OK idea, although didn't the bailout already authorize that? Or was he really suggesting we spend another $300 billion? He sent right-wingers into orbit with his proposal. Mark Steyn: "'Nina Easton nailed it by referring to McCain's mortgage buy up plan as a death knell for free market capitalism.  Out in California Reagan  is spinning in his grave.' ... [W]e have a non-conservative making the conservative case in this election."

So why did he do it? He can't think that dispossessed, repossessed homeowners are going to vote for him. They're not and, in fact, the Republican Party has been working assiduously all over the country to make sure that people who have lost their homes won't even be allowed to vote? Northwest Indiana is Obama country and the part of the state that has been making Indiana a battleground. McCain's campaign has been doing everything they could to disenfranchise people of color and people whose homes were foreclosed on. And it's happening wherever McCain's lobbyists are hoping to steal the election-- like Nevada and Michigan.

A few days ago the Marion County Republican Party chairman, Tom John, said "foreclosures open the door to residency challenges and refuses to rule out doing just that. "We might end up challenging on that," he said. "It's entirely possible. I think it would be a solid basis for asking someone to vote provisionally... Anybody whose home is already in foreclosure isn't actually living in the home and might not be a valid voter."

The SEIU has taken a leading role in fighting Republican attempts to disenfranchise voters in Democratic areas and yesterday they won a round in court.
Voters in Indiana earned a victory in their efforts to enjoy equal access to early voting sites today as Judge Lorenzo Arredando of the Lake County Circuit Court blocked Republicans' attempt to bar Gary, East Chicago and Hammond from hosting their own early voting sites--while early voting has already begun in Crown Point.

The lack of early voting sites in Gary/East Chicago/Hammond disproportionately affects African American and Latino voters.  Crown Point, whose population is 95 percent white, is 16, 18 and 25 miles away from the more diverse cities of Gary, Hammond and East Chicago, respectively.

...On September 23, the Lake County Board of Elections voted to establish satellite early voting sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond-- but late last week, on the eve of early voting, Republicans went to court to block those satellite locations from going into effect.  The lack of early voting satellite locations in Gary, East Chicago, and Hammond while early voting is presently taking place in Crown Point violates the Indiana Constitution's guarantee of free and equal elections as well as the Voting Rights Act.  

..."Any move that disenfranchises select Lake County residents in Indiana or in any city in America is a disgrace to our democratic system," said Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union. "Our country is at a critical point in history and the stakes could not be higher for working families.  SEIU is committed to justice for all people and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that our members and their communities make their voices heard and their votes count in this election.  We will not let this election turn into Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000."

Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. have started an organization, Steal Back Your Vote to help thwart Republican attempts to steal another presidential election.

And don't forget-- McCain's a "bellicose, red-faced, angry guy who constantly explodes:"


Right wing extremist Andy McCarthy in GOP tabloid National Review: "I think tonight was a disaster for our side. I'm dumbfounded that no one else seems to think so. Obama did everything he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do."

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