The GOP’s Fake War on Voter Fraud

Jane Mayer is, as usual, essential reading as she mercilessly dismantles Republican pretenses of protecting the ballot box. I particularly admire the way Mayer tracks down the bullshit sources cited as justification for disenfranchising and intimidating voters (note the McCarthy-esque trick of treating initial accusations and reports as conclusive proof of fraud, even after those claims have been fully examined and rejected). I’m also happy to see that I’m not the only person who still remembers that the Bush administration fired US Attorneys for refusing to bring trumped up charges of voter fraud.

Think about that for a moment: (1) Accusations of voter fraud are so fake that lifelong Republicans appointed specifically to represent the Bush administration in federal cases refused to bring charges and (2) The Republican response was to fire those attorneys. That should tell you everything you need to know about Republican respect for the right to vote and the rule of law.

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