Monday, February 11, 2008

When you turn over a rock...

The Funny Side of Disenfranchisement
By Paul Kiel - February 11, 2008, 12:27PM

TPM Reader JW writes in with a little window into the mind of Washington GOP Chair Luke Esser, who decided to stop counting votes on Saturday night just because.

It's a column from Esser's college days, and a column that was clearly intended to be humorous at that. So it should be taken with a grain of salt. On the eve of the 1986 midterm elections, Esser wrote in the University of Washington's paper that he was praying for rain, because that would drive Democratic-voting "shiftless deadbeats" away from the polls. He explained, "Years of interminable welfare checks and free government services have made these modern-day sloths even more lazy. They will vote on election day, if it isn’t much of a bother. But even the slightest inconvenience can keep them from the polling place."

And since, he wrote, "[m]any of the most successful anti-deadbeat voter techniques (poll taxes, sound beatings, etc.) that conservatives have used in the past have been outlawed by busybody judges," he was organizing a "Rain Dance" for conservatives that night. Ha ha ha.

My Comment:
This might seem humorous on the surface, but it paints an accurate picture of the general Republican mover-and-shaker attitude. No matter where you squeeze the Republican Party, the result is a lot of sleezy pus. The good folks who pony up the votes for Republican Candidates are hard working stiffs with little time to worry about anything other than survival in the world, and the pols use that very efficiently. I used to be one of those good folks, but I retired and found myself with enough time to research the issues. Now I am a Liberal Independent with a current tendancy to vote Democrat.

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