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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
We can all breathe a sigh of relief. 150 observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations-affiliated elections watchdog, will be on hand this November 6 to assure America’s presidential balloting is fair and clean.
Just in case you were wondering, no, they won’t be monitoring Chicago’s electoral corruption – where eager souls vote early and often, or rise from the dead just for the occasion.
According to The Hill, the NAACP, ACLU and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights approached the OSCE to express their concern that Republicans were engaging in “efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama,” said The Hill.
I have no doubt that many reading this column are doubling their blood pressure meds to keep their heads from exploding. I, on the other hand, am smiling ear to ear.
It’s clear the organized left sees President Obama’s presumed slam-dunk re-election as a lost cause. They are now groping for any excuse to declare the upcoming Mitt Romney administration illegitimate.
According to Mark Karlin, editor at the lefty website Buzzflash, “… Voter fraud at the polls is statistically almost non-existent in the United States. However, the Republicans, through such surrogates as the Tea Party-leaning ‘True the Vote’ and laws inhibiting the most basic right of democracy – voting – have created an illusionary perception of hordes of illegal voters … It is appropriate that the United Nations monitor US elections, despite its small contingent. After all, the Republican Party is conducting a war on democracy. What we are seeing is an effort to create a de facto apartheid system of casting ballots for our government.”
However, before we get lost in the weeds over UN bureaucrats observing American elections, here’s an excerpt from the OSCE report on the 2010 midterm elections (a.k.a., the “Shellacking”):
“The emergence of the Tea Party in the US political scene featured prominently during the campaign. The Tea Party is composed of groups of different sizes, objectives and levels of organization, unified by the idea to make a joint conservative front against politics in Washington. The Tea Party received strong support from influential conservative think tanks and publicists [FreedomWorks and Glenn Beck]. The efforts of the movement were not always welcomed by the Republican Party establishment, which had concerns that overly conservative candidates would not attract sufficient support from moderate voters to win their races.”
I don’t know about you, but I believe that UN report was more evenhanded than anything that appeared in the New York Times or on any of the major television networks. And the outcome of the 2010 midterms gave Republicans “the largest legislative landslide in U.S. history,” says Joe Scarborough in his Monday column at POLITICO.
That seismic victory destroyed the absurd GOP establishment argument that Tea Party candidates were too “extreme” – just ask Indiana’s Sen. Dick Lugar.
The left is angry, of course, at new state laws requiring voters to provide identification before entering the voting booth. If, as Buzzflash’s Mark Karlin insists, voter fraud is “statistically almost non-existent in the United States,” there is one way to find out … let’s see some ID.
After all, the very UN election observers searching for Republican “voter suppression” were required to present photo identification (a passport) before entering the U.S. I’m sure they are required to present photo identification before entering UN headquarters in New York.
That’s the least we should require of those that would elect the next President of the United States.