Saturday, April 14, 2007

Bushies Hubris of Hatred Trickles Downhill

April 15, 2007
EDITORIAL New York Times

The Fantasy Behind the Scandal

The more we learn about the White House's purge of United States attorneys, the more a single thread runs through it: the Bush administration's campaign to transform the minor problem of voter fraud into a supposed national scourge.
When the public first learned about the firing of eight United States attorneys, administration officials piously declared that many of the prosecutors had ill served the public by failing to aggressively pursue voter fraud cases (against Democrats, naturally). But the more we examine this issue, the more ludicrous those claims seem.
Last week, we learned that the administration edited a government-ordered report on voter fraud to support its fantasy. The original version concluded that among experts there is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud. But the publicly released version said, there is a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraud. It's hard to see that as anything but a deliberate effort to mislead the public.

Sound familiar? In President Bush's first term, a White House official, who had been the oil industry's front man in trying to discredit the science of global warming, repeatedly edited government reports to play down links between climate change and greenhouse gases. And then there was the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which turned reports on old, dubious and false tales about weapons of mass destruction into warnings of clear, present and supposedly mortal dangers.

It's obvious why the Bush administration would edit those documents, but why the voting report? Because charges of voter fraud are a key component of the Republican electoral strategy. If the public believes there are rampant efforts to vote fraudulently, or to register voters improperly, it increases support for measures like special voter ID's, which work against the poor, the elderly, minorities and other disenfranchised groups that tend to support Democrats. Claims of rampant voter fraud also give the administration an excuse to cut back prosecutions of the real problem: officials who block voters access to the polls.

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Meanwhile the paid off propaganda machine, the hubris of hatred rolls on - unchecked, unbalanced
and until recently as abusive as they could get away with ...which was plenty.

Coulter is like a reincarnated Nazi prison camp guard.

Like the rest of this pack she appears devoid of conscience, empathy or any other human trait that distinguishes us from psychopaths.

Another paid off man who acts much of the time like a
ten year old, narcissist. As long as he gets the interviewee bullied into making some inane comment he is pleased.

He and Joe Scarborough, along with Imus, showed the world just how low yellow journalism can sink.

These are Bushies. They have witheld the truth about a criminal election and a past so tawdry it would sink most political families right out of the gate, so they do not report it at all.


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