Sunday, February 19, 2012

Evidence of Voter Fraud Exists--If One Looks for it

A hot issue between Democrats and Republicans in recent years has been the question of requiring official identification, with a photograph, in order to vote. Republicans have pushed for such laws, arguing that they are necessary to prevent electoral fraud. The Democrats have countered that there is no evidence of wide-spread voting fraud, and that the Republicans use the issue as a ploy to discourage minorities and poor people from voting.

Perhaps the reason that there has been little evidence of fraud is that no one has looked for it. In Collier County, Florida, the local NBC affiliate examined local jury recusal forms, filed by persons called for jury service who responded that they could not serve because they were not U.S. citizens. NBC2 found nearly 100 names of registered voters who when called to jury service opted out, claiming that they were not citizens.

Keep in mind that this was just one county in Florida, and the registered voters in question all had been called for jury duty. Since persons summoned for jury service presumably represent only a small fraction of the total number of registered voters, the number of non-citizens on the voter rolls is most likely many times the number discovered by NBC2. Also, some non-citizens called to jury duty may have chosen to appear rather than sign a document certifying that they are not citizens.

What would happen if the Los Angeles Times conducted the same type of investigation in Los Angeles County? One can only imagine, but please do not hold your breath waiting for our home town newspaper to follow through.

(Hat tip: Paul Kujawsky.)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Donald Endorses the Mitt; Mitt Drops the Ball

Today in Las Vegas, Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for the office of President of the United States. It's a setback, but I still support Mitt.

Of far more concern is Mitt's tin ear for political speech, as evidenced by the now infamous "very poor" interview with Soledad O'Brien. Doesn't Mitt realize that the MSNBCs and Jon Stewarts of the world lie in wait for a Republican Presidential wannabe to make such a gaffe? This is like President George H.W. Bush's remark about a supermarket price scanner. It will be used by the Democrats ad infinitum between now and November to prove that Governor Romney is a wealthy out-of-touch patrician. Indeed, it is being used to that effect by Rick Santorum right now.

Mitt, you have got to do better if you are going to prevent President Obama from becoming the next Harry S. Truman. The very thought makes me Dewey-eyed, and that's not a good thing.