Jewish World Review
Nov. 10, 2000 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5761
Who cares about election fraud now?
FASTER THAN you can say Court TV, a high-priced flock of Democrat Party
lawyers packed their polo shirts and jetted to Florida to investigate claims
of election fraud.
Al Gore's presidential campaign is reportedly drumming up $3 million from
lobbyists to pay for the legal fishing expedition. Democratic National
Committee spokeswoman Jenny Backus was quickly dispatched down south to
protest "thousands -- literally thousands of reports of irregularities." She
decried the confusing design of ballots in Palm Beach County. Moreover, she
complained, "There is (sic) ballot boxes that are missing."
Where, Backus asked, was the "sunshine in the Sunshine State?"
CNN aired these sensational allegations relentlessly, including several
stories that poll workers in black churches lost boxes containing ballots or
left them uncounted in precincts. Complete bunk. The Miami Herald
reported Thursday that election officials accounted for all transfer cases
used to transport ballots to the elections department. Those mysterious
locked ballot boxes left behind by workers contained supplies - not votes.
As for the whining about misleading "butterfly" ballots in Palm Beach
County, they were approved by Democrats and widely publicized before
The Democrats' newfound passion for fairness, openness, and integrity in the
election process is fascinating.
While they bray about honoring the rule of law, the party's legal scholars
are mum on the bothersome constitutional questions surrounding the election
of a dead man in Missouri, Mel Carnahan, to the U.S. Senate. Nor are the
Democrats' lawyers troubled by a slimy judicial stunt that allowed citizens
in Democrat-heavy St. Louis to cast ballots for forty extra minutes past the
voting deadline. Incumbent Sen. John Ashcroft conceded defeat to Carnahan's
widow and brushed aside calls to litigate. It was an extraordinary display
of grace and humility - two traits foreign to the Gore campaign.
Will any of the DNC attorneys be dispatched to Wisconsin for an
open-and-shut case of election bribery? Deep-pocketed doyenne Connie
Milstein, a New York real estate heiress who raised more than $1 million for
Gore, told Milwaukee TV station WISN that she was "asked to come down and
ring doorbells, go to shelters, see if I can get as many people as I could
out to the polls." She lit up voters' interest - literally - by persuading
homeless men to come to the polls for free cigarettes and food. Milstein
and several other Gore campaign workers were caught on tape with huge bags
teeming with tobacco. In Wisconsin, it's illegal to procure votes with
gifts valued at more than $1.
If Wisconsin is too far, how about a side trip by the Democrat legal squad
to investigate dubious election practices in New Jersey? Democrat Jon
Corzine bused homeless people and drug addicts from Philadelphia to New
Jersey for $75 a day plus coffee and sandwiches to get out the vote for his
Senate campaign. The investment banker, who poured some $60 million into
his winning effort, said it was all part "of the normal process of getting
people out to vote."
Normal? When GOP consultant Ed Rollins mentioned $500,000 in "walking around
money" spent on ministers and Democratic Party workers during the 1996
gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey, he was excoriated by the press. When
sponsors of the successful Initiative 200 campaign in Washington state bused
in paid volunteers to gather signatures for the measure, which eliminated
government racial preferences, Democrats cried foul.
But not a peep was heard from the liberal legal eagles about Al Gore's
dangerous drive to loosen immigration laws and naturalize 1 million aliens
in time for election day 1996. Some 75,000 of those new voters had criminal
records that would have otherwise disqualified them for citizenship. Nor
did Democrats protest when California Democrat Loretta Sanchez beat Rep. Bob
Dornan by 979 votes in a highly suspect race. A congressional investigation
found that two-thirds of the ballots were invalid - most were cast by
Two years later, when Dornan challenged Sanchez and asked for election
monitors to oversee the polls, Democrats accused him of "political thuggery"
and "Gestapo" tactics.
When Democrats lure minorities to the polls, it's "outreach." When
Republicans shine light on election abuse, it's racist trickery. Who are the
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