First, Doghouse Riley in the Midwest:
THE Freedom Defenders at Clear Channel have announced that dozens of the [VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY!] billboards will be removed immediately, since the Freedom Defenders at Whatever Anonymous Family Foundation Which Was Accidentally Permitted To Fund Them Contrary To Clear Channel’s Own Rules has–wisely, we think–decided it would rather remain anonymous than further its voter education efforts in the open.
The billboards have been erected in Cleveland, Milwaukee, Columbus, Ohio, and elsewhere, in what the headline writers described as “predominantly poor neighborhoods”, which is the faux-balanced way of pretending the targeting might not have been racist.
And, since our own No Preteritio policy is enforced by the same legal team that vets Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings’ contracts, we’re not going to mention that the odds of Clear Channel accidentally contracting to put up anonymous political billboards targeted at You Know Who are identical to the odds of Clear Channel accidentally revealing the name of the foundation in question. It’s just math. Contracts are hard. I’m sure they don’t understand what they’re signing half the time…
Next, Rebecca Schoenkopf at Wonkette reports that “This Is Not The Voter Fraud Virginia Republicans Are Looking For“:
Guys, guys, calm down now. You may have thought you finally found some voter fraud after all these years of searching far and wide and under every ACORN, but it is pretty clear to the Virginia attorney general, registrar and Board of Elections that you didn’t. To them, it is quite obvious that a guy working for the RNC conducting voter registrations, who was caught blocks from their office shadily throwing completed voter registration forms in someone else’s Dumpster, simply cannot be guilty of voter registration fraud, despite working for the company widely known to commit voter registration fraud for the RNC. How do they know this? Because nowhere on Virginia’s voter registration applications does it list party affiliation! Therefore, dude would have no way of knowing the forms he was throwing away belonged to Democrats. And there are so many other reasons he might have thrown away people’s applications! Investigation closed! Wait, really, the investigation’s closed? Sho nuff.
“There’s no way to tell by party when people fill out these forms, what party they’re affiliated with, so I don’t think there’s any political motivation,” Virginia Registrar Brandi Lilly said Friday.
And this is why GOTV is key: We don’t just need to win, we need to stockpile enough votes to overcome the Rethugs’ broad-based, well-funded “margin of suppression”.