I wish I knew how to quit you, Joel McNally
Why do I keep reading Madison's Capital Times? I know it's going to tick me off. I know at least once a week they'll print a moonbatesque editorial from the likes of John Nichols or my personal favorite, Joel McNally. But still, I keep coming back for more. Today, McNally wrote a particularly obnoxious article about the Milwaukee dems who slashed the tires on GOP "get out the vote" vans on Election Day 2004. It seems like he's a little ticked himself. Ticked that people think the tire-slashing incident is a big deal:
A minor vandalism charge turned into a sensational trial running longer than last year's homicide trial in which Chai Soua Vang was convicted of murdering six Wisconsin hunters and wounding two others.
There were two very bad reasons why this two-bit case was so grossly overcharged and overplayed. One was politics. The other was a connection to prominent African-American public officials.
Two of the five young men accused of tire poking were the sons of Congresswoman Gwen Moore and former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt.
All five were, gasp, Democratic activists accused of temporarily disabling vans rented by the Republican Party to help get their voters to the polls on the day of the 2004 presidential election.
The state Republican Party was successful in getting not only a Democratic district attorney, but also the media to view minor vandalism as nothing less than an assault on democracy and our sacred right to vote.
I'm going to ignore McNally's attempt to imply that the slashers were targeted because they were black. Instead, I'd like to ask him how this incident wasn't an assault on democracy and our sacred right to vote? The disabled GOP vans had the sole purpose that day of helping people get to the polls who otherwise couldn't. They'd be used to pick up folks who were too poor or sick or old to make it to their polling place on their own. In short, the kind of people who rely on these vans are the kind of people who don't have a lot of other options if they don't show up. It boggles the mind that the same person who thinks that long lines and bad equipment is worse than election fraud thinks this is just some harmless, youthful mischief.
Posted by at January 29, 2006 07:44 PM
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|# January 29th, 2006 8:12 PM james|
|kris, didn't you know? it's only fraud if it affects YOUR side.