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Why Is the U.S. Justice Department Monitoring the Wisconsin Primary?

Posted on | April 3, 2012 | 31 Comments

Dan Collins at The Conservatory calls attention to a news item:

The U.S. Justice Department says it is dispatching observers to watch over Wisconsin’s presidential primary on Tuesday.
The Justice Department said Monday its poll watchers will be in Milwaukee to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws.

Did I miss something? Is Milwaukee in 2012 like Selma in 1965?

Are Romneyites trying to intimidate Santorum voters in Wisconsin? As if all those endorsements and more than $3 million in attack ads weren’t enough to do the trick?

First, there was that made-for-MSNBC bombing at Planned Parenthood — a “small device” that caused “minimal damage” at an empty office — and now, for the first time in the 2012 campaign, the Justice Department decides that a primary election requires federal election monitors?

Why Wisconsin? Why now?

The word you’re looking for is “shenanigans.”


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  • vermontaigne

    Thanks, Stacy. I’ll note that after thinking the MLK Day backpack bomber in . . . was it Tacoma? turned out to be an actual white power jackass, I’m staying away from pronouncing any suspicions regarding Little Chute.

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  • ThePaganTemple

    It’s not the presidential primary they’re concerned about.

  • robertstacymccain

    Yeah, well, I don’t claim to know anything, but Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell don’t know anything either, and yet there was wall-to-wall “War on Women” coverage on MSNBC last night — on the eve of the Wisconsin primary.

    As I said this morning, perhaps Wisconsin is home to America’s lamest anti-abortion extremists — we can’t rule that out — but there was something weird about the way this happened, and I don’t think my suspicions of shenanigans are entirely crazy.

    Whatever the facts discovered by the FBI investigation may be, I’m willing to deal with that as it comes, but if the MSNBC crew is justified in jumping to one conclusion, then I’m justified in suggesting what seems to me a plausible counter-hypothesis.

  • Asian_chic

    So I guess we can expect the same thing during the general when illegals and the dead can vote. I feel like Alice in Wonderland.

  • JeffS

     That was in Spokane.  Which is at least in the same state as Tacoma, so nicely done.

    But aside from the bomb part, just how do you equate an MLK parade with Planned Parenthood and a Republican primary?  Your logic — if any — is vague.

  • Tim

    How true, they can justify their biases on their political views after they call you “extreme”

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Who will get the cheese in Wisconsin?  If there is voter shananagins, it will be in the Walker recall.  

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Spokane, Tacoma, whatev

  • JeffS

     That’s truer that you know.

  • Adjoran

     Quite so.  DOJ is establishing a presence in Milwaukee to promote voter fraud in the recall election.  Actual voter fraud and intimidation in the Democratic-controlled city has all been on the part of and for the benefit of Democrats.

    Expect record-breaking turnouts there in June, probably even exceeding the rolls of the registered.

    And that’s a dress rehearsal for November.

  • Confutus

    Do you have any evidence at all that Romneyites have anything to do with this? I’m aware that some Santorum supporters are convinced that Romney is a Obama Lite, a secret Democrat, a disciple of Alinsky, and owes his victory in Illinois to typical Chicago machine politics, but so far as I’ve been able to tell,  such suggestions have been founded on two parts hype, three parts paranoia, and no evidence.

  • Charles Martel

    Why is the Justice Dept monitoring the Wisconsin Primary?

    Isn’t it obvious?  They are determined to insure that nobody interferes with the Black Panther’s right to vote!

  • vermontaigne

    I would think that from the DoJ’s perspective, the provocation was Wisconsin’s passage of a voter ID law that an appeals judge found unconstitutional, but which is being appealed to a Federal court. In the meanwhile, it’s enjoined.

    This is assuredly a warning to other states passing similar laws, that they’re going to be scrutinized under the 1965 act, and that the administration considers this to be tantamount to the same practices that act that was meant to deter. In short, it’s necessary that they be permitted to cheat.

  • droidist

    Oh my…, so Holder is dispatching NBPP members to “observe” the primary… you know, “poll watching”… ? after all, they did such a fine job during the deification election of Prez!Stinky

    The Rs & Ds form a dialog, one Progressivism side initiates ? that’s its job. The other side is there to keep the “Rubes,Slopes,Stragglers and Malcontents” busy by making a lot of noise, shaking the bushes, i”working hard to counter…” but never quite making it ? never quite rolling back the anti-Constitutional gains the Initiators carve out! Theirs the the job of Ineffective Opposition to affect control of the stubborn elements of Society, to allow time for Consolidation of Gains, and allow a new equilibrium, a New Normal to develope! This has been the game plan ever since the Progressive movement was forced into its mask of “liberalism”.

    And as with each previous push where the “Democrats” – actually the Initiator Progressives have destroyed or undermined Liberty, the “Republicans” – actually the Consolidator Progressives always go through the same routine ? they’ll trumpet their trunks most manfully, making a mighty and tumultuous noise in order to confuse the issue, stride
    imperiously to the bargaining table… … … … and rollover.

    Of course, with any well developed piece of theater, there will be the “closing scene” which is meant to keep the audience convinced that what they saw “simply happened”. In this case, that usually means interminable whining about how it was “the outcome possible in an imperfect world…” kind of manure.

    We were treated to a perfect example with the debt ceiling, and a host of other issues. All that was traded away to give Prez!Stinky™ his blank check was everything that was promised in order to put the Consolidation Progressives back in power.

    Boner’s manfully licked his master’s hand, and turned snarling like a hydrophobic cur on his constituents, blaming them amidst attacks proclaiming how he wasn’t rolled! Everyone absolutely knew he was giving away the store, but he insisted that Stinky, who up until that time had an exceedingly consistent record of untrustworthiness – could be trusted… even though Stinky’s eagerness had him bending those promises before the deal was finalized!

    Now, Boner’s tirades about needing both branches for even a shot, and all three branches of government in firm and complete “R” control to even have favorable odds of rolling back the Progie depredations on our Constitutional Liberties might have been convincing, but for two things:
    1. When the “R”s – the Consolidation Progressives – had both houses & the WH, they actually cheerfullyengaged in some rapine themselves.
    2. That didn’t excuse putting up no opposition whatsoever to Stinky’s demands. Even the effort to seem in opposition to financially sinking the US was so baldly disingenuous as to insult my 11yr old great-grandson! It was nothing more than an expression of contempt for the conservative voter, and when taken with past (non-election year) statements, obviously purposely so. (Remember the “they’re getting too noisy, we’ll deal with them after the election” style comments coming from REPUBLICANS?)

    Personally, I think the whole purpose of the phony “we’ll stand firm” pre-beer party was to put the Stupor Committee into place, and it was done for the very same reason that military base closings are done by Blue Ribbon Committee: to shut-up the complainers while insulating the elected from the hoi-paloi.

    Well, I guess we conservatives have no grounds for complaining… we keep putting the Progressives’ Choice back into office. We reward the behavior of growing government by beating up those of us who’d use a free-market strategy: take our votes elsewhere. The “party system” encourages monopoly, but, you know, it’s only a little statism, afterall…

  • Bob Belvedere

    Just as long as Troglopundit doesn’t cut the cheese, I don’t care.

  • Bob Belvedere

    I saw what you were doing there, Daddy-O.

  • Bob Belvedere

    I think that the most likely explanation.

    Banana, meet Republic.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Willard M. Romney’s been courting the Zombie Vote, so what’s yer problem, Missy?

  • Asian_chic

    So why is Romney not trying to pander to all voters? He’s missing out on the illegal votes.

  • DaveO

    I understand Jimmeh Carter is there too, along with observers from Russia and Cuba to observe and report on the integrity of the vote.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Isn’t that the one where they found a backpack with wires sticking out it? What was the guy doing assembling the bomb while sitting at the park bench where he intended it to detonate?

  • Adobe_Walls

    It’s kind of sad that we’ve become a Banana Republic and we don’t even have any bananas.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Ultimately this lawsuit will become another defeat for Obamsky’s regime.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Well said!

  • Bob Belvedere

    Yes…we have no bananas.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Give him time…he will.

    Willard will pander to whoever he thinks will help him get elected – that’s what he did when he ran for Senator and Governor.

  • Jackol12

     Romney is NOT second Obama, really not. Romney is really dangerous guy, who will destroy USA economically and who will make more wars, it can be that he will even unleash global world war. He intends to attack Russia, not mention Iran. What normal people can vote for such man?
    Do normal people vote for these republicans? Because it is really very hard to explain it? These results are really disasterous.
    It is one and the only  normal republican, who loves USA and who wants to bring good changes: Ron Paul. It is the last time and the highest time  to support this politician. People should have no fear that he is old or something alike ( Romney is not young too and he moves very, very slowly ), it does not matter. President in USA have one big task, to control own government and to watch key to these nuclear arsenal. Ron Paul is really reliable man and he can make it. Additionally if you give support to him, then he has chance ( there are primaries in California and in Texas and some other states ) to install normal government there.
    Do you really think that people will be happy, if Romney or Santorum would be your president.
    Look at, it is very good internet side.
    By the way do people vote in your country. It is about 300 mln people, how many people vote?

  • ThePaganTemple

     Oh stop your damn lying. You have no grounds whatsoever to assume Romney would start a war with anybody, much less Russia of all people. If anything he’s nowhere nearly bellicose enough to suit me.

    Do you really think we’re all stupid enough to believe this shit?

  • ThePaganTemple

     Yeah. Over and over and over again.