03 Nov 2021


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Joy Pullman read Mollie Hemingway’s new boom Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections and found a number of appalling things you and I never had heard of, just for instance:

The DNC Controlled All Poll Watchers for 40 Years

I had to read this section of the book two or three times to absorb what it was saying. I couldn’t believe it could possibly be true. Yet it is: “Shockingly, the 2020 contest was the first presidential election since Reagan’s first successful run in 1980 in which the Republican National Committee could play any role whatsoever in Election Day operations.”

What? Next sentence: “For nearly 40 years, the Democratic National Committee had a massive systemic advantage over its Republican counterpart: the Republican National Committee had been prohibited by law from helping out with poll watcher efforts or nearly any litigation related to how voting is being conducted.”

This section in chapter 1 goes on to explain how such an insane thing could be real. Essentially, after Democrats accused Republicans of cheating in a New Jersey race in 1981, a judge banned the RNC from poll-watching and voting litigation everywhere in the country, then kept re-upping the order until 2018, when it finally expired three years after he died.

This handicapped Republicans for almost 40 years while Democrats were free to do things Republicans couldn’t, like give boosts to their voters all along the voting process and track them extensively, challenge ballots, document irregularities, and sue over election disputes. By 2020, then, Mollie writes:

    Democrats had spent the last forty years perfecting their Election Day operations while everyone at the Republican National Committee walked on eggshells, knowing that if they so much as looked in the direction of a polling site, there could be another crackdown. As a result, there was no muscle memory about how to watch polls or communicate with a presidential campaign.


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RE: the Republicans being banned from poll watching and litigation.

The Republicans suffered this in silence. Imagine this had been done to the Democrats, do you really think that they wouldn’t have litigated the hell out of that ruling? Republicans are their own worst enemy. They aren’t organized, they vote against their best interests, and they squabble all the time. Remember McCain on his death bed voted against ending Obamacare BECAUSE he hated Trump more than he loved his country. Now Liz Cheney has taken McCain’s place.


RE: Oneguy
My wife disagrees, but I am certain that if McCain was still alive Lindsey Graham would still be his best friend and ally. He swung when President Trump was inevitable and saw that as a Swamp Creature he needed to ride the rising tide.



To paraphrase Jesus: “Blue-noses will always be with you.”


The above comment belonged in the pianist thread. No idea how I wound up posting it to this thread. Sorry.

mid joe

That is a deliberate distortion of reality. What the orange one calls Fake News. In every election in every state there have ALWAYS been GOP poll watchers from state and local GOP committees. The RNC was only restrained from over-the-top voter suppression efforts in selected cities.


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