Presto-Changeo

Now this here is journalism. Ian Urbina of The New York Times obtained an original copy of a report indicating that “a federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation.” This conclusion was, of course, trouble for the official GOP talking points. Hence, the solution: “Instead, the panel, the Election Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate.”

It’s really scandals on top of scandals on top of lies with this whole song and dance. Everyone knows that Republicans are good at identifying certain kinds of procedures that tend to depress turnout among pro-Democratic demographic groups. Fraud is the rationale for the procedures, even though nobody ever finds any evidence that it’s a serious problem. So one needs to gun up a lot of mumbo-jumbo in order to be able to deploy the fraud argument as a smokescreen for vote suprression. Increasingly these days, the GOP is getting caught red handed doing it.