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March 4, 2008
POLITICS: They Only Know One Tune

The Obama camp throws out the same racially-tinged Election-Day charges against Hillary that the Democrats traditionally use against Republicans:

Our campaign's goal today is to ensure that any registered voter in the state of Ohio can go to the polls and cast their ballot for their candidate of choice without interference. We understand that the Clinton campaign may want to depress turnout because Barack Obama has closed a 20-point gap over the course of this month as voters across the state got to know him.

It has been the hallmark of the Democratic party to educate and protect the rights of voters. If the Clinton campaign disagrees with that principle, they should say so today.

We have received reports from around the state of independents and Republicans who chose to vote in the Democratic primary receiving issue only or Republican ballots instead of the Democratic ballot they were entitled to. We have also had reports that the voter ID requirements have been misstated at various locations, causing some voters to be turned away.

We will take action when necessary to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast their votes and to have their votes counted.

We will continue to monitor the polls to ensure that all Ohioans who choose to participate in today's election are able to do so regardless of who they choose to vote for.

Of course, there are less-than-respectable reasons why Democrats traditionally fume about things like voter-ID requirements on Election Day. But either way, the important thing is that the "vote suppression" charge is being leveled in an election where Republicans aren't even involved.

UPDATE: Texas too!

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign charged rival Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) campaign with breaking several rules in the Texas caucuses.

The Clinton campaign called an "emergency" conference call with reporters that was interrupted by Obama's chief counsel Bob Bauer, who called in and said the Clinton campaign only criticized the caucus process when it was losing.

. . . [T]he Clinton campaign charged that the Obama campaign had shut the doors on Clinton supporters at some of the caucuses, among other things.

The campaign also said the Obama camp had hijacked some of the caucus packets at certain precincts, adding that in others Obama supporters were calling in caucus results before the polls had closed.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:45 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Hillary Clinton is a poor loser. She has really shown her real colors in this election. Most of her votes for Ohio and Texas have come from Republicans crossing over to vote for her. I see she is not turning down those votes. I used to have a lot of respect for the Clintons. Not any more.

Posted by: Dee at March 5, 2008 9:08 AM

Hillary Clinton is a poor loser. She has really shown her real colors in this election. Most of her votes for Ohio and Texas have come from Republicans crossing over to vote for her. I see she is not turning down those votes. I used to have a lot of respect for the Clintons. Not any more.

Posted by: Dee at March 5, 2008 9:11 AM

hilary clinton is turning out to be a real witch...using every dirty trick because she is losing..when will they learn..good will always overcome evil

Posted by: robbie at March 5, 2008 11:19 AM

I have to admit, the argument that most of Hillary's supporters are Republicans is a new one.

Posted by: Jerry at March 5, 2008 11:39 AM

I voted for Bill three times in AR, that was then and this is now. Billary really will do anything to get elected. They are nasty and mean spririted people who will use any tactic or ethnic group to advance themselves, it's the Latio people this time. I have seen it up close. Obama is a qualifed , brilliant man of exceptional character and good, sound judgement. I will not vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination. I am a life-long democrat, but before I support the dirty poli-tricks they play, I will stay at home. Obama could ask a few questions like: Why won't she disclose her income taxes? What about Whitewater? What about the contributors to the Clinton Library? What about the shame and disgrace on the American People with Bill and his women/children?..........the list goes on and on.
No respect or support for the Clintons.
Obama 08 Yes We Can! Si Se Puede!

Posted by: Annette B. in Little Rock at March 5, 2008 12:58 PM

This has been the most entertaining primary season I have ever witnessed. I am now laughing at the irony that Michigan and Florida moved their Dem primaries up to "matter more" in the primary season, and now that the delegates have been stripped, they were worthless moves. I know Obama supporters whine about the superdelgates mayeb deciding the nomination, but why isn't anyone asking that the disenfranchised Florida and Michigan voters get a say at convention. Shouldn't the will of those people matter?

Posted by: Son of Brock Landers at March 5, 2008 1:56 PM

Crank, you write, "Of course, there are less-than-respectable reasons why Democrats traditionally fume about things like voter-ID requirements on Election Day." Perhaps I belong in the slow class, but I am not sure to what you are referring. Also, the GOP has, in fact, done far more than its fair share of vote suppression, push polling, erection of barriers, dissemination of false information, etc., irrespective of whether they did so here or not.

Posted by: Magrooder at March 6, 2008 11:29 AM
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