Barack Obama has called for a special prosecutor in the developing case of potential voter registration fraud and ACORN. Thursday saw a leak from senior governmental officials about a preliminary FBI investigation into the voter registration activities of ACORN. Quick reality check: how many senior government officials leaked anything about the runup to the Iraq invasion? Any leaks about illegal domestic wiretapping? Any leaks about torture and rendition? Nope, nope and nope. The Bushies want Americans to believe that an innocent leak that just happened to be about ACORN was made? Please. Some of us are idiots, but far fewer than when they took office.
Barack has wisely called for an independent check on events. Why leave it in the hands of this ultra-partisan administration? McCain’s designation of Barack’s request as partisan lays bare the actual nature of the FBI or DoJ handling the case. Republicans attack where they’re weakest. If they’re accusing Obama of being partisan, it is all but guaranteed that it’s actually them who are being so. How in the world could asking for an independent prosecutor be partisan? It’s absurd. Partisan is calling for an investigation into ACORN’s activities and Republicans’ calls for it to stop receiving federal funding. Republicans would love that – fewer registrants mean fewer votes, which means more Republicans win. That’s partisan.
A very good example of just what Republicans are up to this year can be found in Ohio. They are insisting that only those people who registered this year have their names crosschecked with federal databases and challenged if different. Why only those from this year? Because new registrants have come from predominantly Democratic areas. If Republicans were so concerned about voter fraud, they would argue instead for a complete crosscheck of every name on the voter rolls. Their voter suppression efforts are anti-democratic and anti-patriotic.